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Work and people I admire

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There are so many people and organisations that I admire, doing great and admirable work. And I want to share the goodness with the world! Below you’ll find a selected mix of people, organisations and resources that I have found helpful personally and professionally.

This list will grow over time. I’d love to hear about people, organisations and resources that you’ve found helpful – you can email me, or send me a note via my contact page.

  • Suzi Wallis is an experienced Counsellor & Family Therapist based in Tāmaki Makaurau, who is passionate about helping her clients learn new strategies, to create the life they deserve. She specialises in communication upskilling, conflict management, working with couples (of any gender or gender combination), grief & loss support for all.
  • Peter Jacobsen, Oxygen8 Business Consultant. Peter is an experienced senior manager, and offers a fresh, insightful perspective to support your journey through business ownership.
  • Carley Nicholson at Vitality Unlimited. Carley supports you to identify simple, smart actions that support your wellbeing and success.
  • Brooke Trenwith at Potential to Performance. Brooke assists students, parents, and educators to maximise their learning and turn potential into performance.
  • Tracey Cunningham at Science and Wellbeing is a talented coach and facilitator with a background in education and the corporate sector. I highly recommend having her take you through the MSCEIT emotional intelligence assessment.
  • Sarah Davies at Sweet Spot Business Coaching will guide you to clarity on the value you offer, your ideal client, and how to negotiate sales in a way that everyone wins.
  • Kate Duder at Inside Matters. Kate is passionate about health and wellbeing, and discovering and sharing ways to promote wellness and thriving.
  • Jeremy Dean’s Emotional Culture Deck [affiliate link], a great way to build emotional intelligence for individuals, teams and families. Use the code “DARIAWILLIAMSON” to get a 10% discount on your purchases (disclosure: I earn a small commission on purchases made through the link/discount code, at no cost to you).
  • Brené Brown, a gifted researcher and storyteller in the areas of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She has written multiple books, and hosts two podcasts, all of which I cannot recommend highly enough. If I had to pick one, it would be Dare to Lead, which brings together so much of her knowledge, insights and wisdom.
  • Positive Psychology.com, a repository of knowledge, insight and resources for applying research-backed positive psychology principles to work and life.
  • Conscious Leadership Institute, an organisation dedicated to building conscious business cultures of trust and intentionality. I particularly love their work on being above or below the line, explained in the simple video ‘Locating Yourself‘.
  • Angela Duckworth, researcher and author, an expert in measuring and building “grit” (the ability to stick with things and see them through).
  • Jon Acuff, author of multiple books that have helped me get out of overthinking, through procrastination, and into results.
  • Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, and in my opinion even more importantly, Effortless.
  • Adam Grant, organisational psychologist, speaker, author and podcaster and big thinker about work, motivation, and being human.
  • Todd Kashdan, psychologist and provocateur. I love his concept of principled insubordination, and find his social media posts and newsletters to be interesting and thought-provoking (underlining why he called his newsletter ‘Provoked’!)
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