I'm a business strategist on the outside, philosopher & artist on the inside, and a million things in between.
Amongst other things, I've grown up to be acknowledged as a subject matter expert in branding and marketing, and thereby exposed to endless discussion about the idea and value of having a "niche". For years, I helped entrepreneurs and organisations figure out what their niche was and how to make sure they were aligning to it. However, in practice, I struggled with it myself because I've always had an inclination towards being a bit of a renaissance man (or as I sometimes call it, a jackass of all trades).
Only recently have I stopped obsessing about pigeon-holing my self-expression and worrying about my personal brand; or trying to have half a dozen different websites expressing different facets of myself.
The year is 2018, and I truly believe we're making a lot of progress in the world at a general human consciousness level. Communities and businesses everywhere are talking about things like human-centred design, Agile, self-managing teams, teal organisations, creative leadership, stoicism, and many other points of conversation that revolve around evolving towards a shared vision of a more conscious, kind and equitable society.
Above all, I believe underlying all of these conversations at an individual's level is the idea of genuine integrity - an alignment between what we think, feel, believe and do - and ergo a harmonious integration between not just our professional and personal lives, but also between our professional, creative, spiritual and everything-in-between selves.
To continuously live with this genuine integrity fuels me with the strength and compassion to be of greater service to the world.