Keeping it REAL – Being Yourself IS Good Enough
We’re told today that if we want to be SUCCESSFUL, we need something EXTRA – what’s inside us isn’t enough – but on season 4 of Everyday Greatness, Barnaby Howarth will speak to people who found success using nothing more than what had been inside them the whole time.
Guests on season 4 include a female Muslim Australian rules footballer, a netball coach & Order of Australia medallist, founders of inspiring foundations, school leaders, kind souls who help vulnerable people, business people, a morning radio co-host, football captains, people who use their own adversity to put goodness back into the world, some flat out good people and 2 plumbers.
Eleanor Rugg knows that a diverse workplace brings diverse skills and therefore increased benefits to corporations, so as the diversity and inclusions manager at Adobe Australia she promotes giving different people a crack and making her workplace more than just an “office”.
Carrfino was drafted to the Boston Celtics in 1984 where the legendary Larry Bird who was white was referred to by the media as “smart” while he’s black teammates were described as “athletically gifted.” Carfino himself has been in the Australian media since retiring from the Sydney Kings as an NBL Hall of Famer in 1991 and has witnessed a changing landscape in race relations in sport around the world.
As the Managing Editor of Television & Videon at ABC News, Tim Ayliffe understands that to get the best outcomes from your staff, you need to give the best of yourself to them. GIVING the best of yourself to the people who work for you means they are likely to give their best TO you.
In today’s business world there are people who try and LOOK authentic, then there are people who just flat out ARE, and one of those is Sales Training Manager at Medtronic Diabetes, Australia, Lee Johnstone – Lee is in a position of power at a highly regarded international medical technology, services and solutions company but she has got there without a mystical X factor – she’s just a really good person who works really hard.
As a business leader and sports coach, Michael Cousens knows how to get his team going if they are flat – he does it by treating everybody on the team as an individual human being – whether they are the star player or the last person on the bench– He knows that everybody on the team is valuable and knows how to get that value out of each person
Susan is a general manager at Nestle where she is known for being an authentic leader. She is one of the happiest people in Australia because what she thinks, says and does, are all done in harmony. The more Susan shares her happiness and confidence with the world, the more her own stocks seem to grow. With her wide range of experience in leadership roles, Susan will discuss some great insights into keeping teams pumped when they feel flat by sharing the happiness.
Along with his wife Kathy – were dealt a hand so horrible you wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy – they lost both of their sons at 18 – their eldest – Thomas – was king hit while out on the town and died after cracking his skull when he fell, then years later their youngest son, Stuart committed suicide after hazing rituals and bullying at school. Incredibly Ralph went on to create the “Stay Kind“ foundation which aims to encourage people to give a bit of kindness back to the world.
Ralph rarely does interviews, so Barnaby feels privileged that he has decided to come on Everyday Greatness.
Ryan Fitzgerald played AFL for the Sydney Swans and the Adelaide Crows, he was a contestant on Big Brother and he is now the co-host of the “Fitzy and Wipper“ morning radio show on Nova 96.9. Ryan has worn more hats than most, but he has risen to the top in almost every field he has touched and has stayed the same person the whole way through.
Lael Kassem is a female, Muslim Australian rules footballer, she had to go against the cultural expectation of what women SHOULD do and took up playing AFL after her brother told her how much fun she would have doing it. She’s having so much fun she is still giving it a crack with the Inner West Magpies after the club she co-founded – the Auburn Giants had to fold.
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David Dighton started Thornleigh Plumbing after a brief stint playing for North Melbourne in the AFL (as the first Sydney-based player to be drafted to the AFL)– David knows that everything that happens within his business is a reflection on him as a human being, so he takes pride in treating his competition the way he would like to be treated from self.
Mark Livy from Entire Plumbing played a season for the Sydney Swans – He runs his business the way he tried to live his life – by just trying to be a good bloke. Mark and David are regular teammates in an AFL nines tournament.
When Gus Worland’s mate, Angus, committed suicide, it drove him to get Australian men to open up and be okay with being vulnerable. Gus has shown through his ABC series “Man Up” and the foundation he set up – “Gotcha4life“ – that getting out of a dark mental health battle, or helping someone else through theirs isn’t rocket science – people just need to be good mates and tell the people they care about “I gotcha“ – he believes “suicide is the death of loneliness“, so he’s trying to bring people together to support each other through chatting, catching up, grabbing a beer and doing all of those tiny things most of us think aren’t making a difference. He is showing that just NOT being a dick head is good for your health.
Edward is the CEO of the Northern Suburbs Football Association has been in the sports industry for 10+ years. Thanks to Ed and the NSFA –, multiple kids and adults with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury get football development training who otherwise would not have had the chance. He aims to raise awareness against bullying in team sports.
Pauline has an incredible story, a beautiful family and a bucket load of pearls of wisdom, but her modesty and graciousness would never allow her to admit it. Pauline is the mother of celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, but where a lot of mothers would demand people say that “Kylie Kwong Is the daughter of Pauline Kwong”, Pauline doesn’t really care – Kylie, along with her brothers Paul and Jamie is just her little baby, and she couldn’t be prouder of all three of them.
Growing up in Melbourne, Andrew Treloar lived the life most boys wanted – he was a gifted athlete, had a loving family and was a really good bloke. Despite the world being his oyster, he didn’t forge a career in professional sport, but he didn’t get bitter and twisted – he just kept being a good bloke and with all the strength he had built up as a boy he is now using that to try and be as good a husband and father that his own dad is.
Cooper Lee was school captain at The Hills Grammar School in 2016 and saw firsthand that most school kids are swimming in uncertainty and doubt, and that being vulnerable and “just being yourself” was a sign of weakness, so now there are a scourge of kids at school trying to hide their true selves behind social media profiles.
As the CEO of youth leadership group – yLead – Belinda Yorston is trying to support Australian schools in developing a generation of confident, motivated and skilled young leaders – and she is doing it by cutting through the “fluff” – yLead don’t just pump young kids tyres for the sake of pumping tyres, they understand that being a kid is tough so they give them real skills, tools and most importantly self-belief that they can get through it all.
Some people try and hide who they really are, but others are proud to wear their personality on their sleeve, so to explain who Barnaby’s guest alongside Celina Edmonds will be, it is best to leave it to her – so this is who Caris Gelmi is, according to Caris Gelmi …
“I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a major Melbourne hospital and more recently a community nurse. I am also a dedicated greyhound owner, fosterer and rehomer with Gumtree Greys; partner to a beautiful man; friend to some truly wonderful humans and general dork.”
Celina Edmonds is a news reader who volunteers to help Naz with those logistical challenges as one of her colleagues in the Specialist Reporting Team at ABC. Celina would have a nice little comfortable job as a news reader at the ABC, but she put her hand up to help Naz get around the building and get her logistics sorted out. The world is lucky to have people like Celina Edmonds and Barnaby is lucky to have her on Everyday Greatness.
Renu Randev is a maths tutor, a loyal wife and caring mother – she is a rare gem in this day and age, she’s proud of the person she is and the family she has helped raise, and encourages her young boys to be and do the same.
Phil Ledlen was a school principal at two different schools so played a big hand in helping countless children grow into young adults, but it hasn’t been easy – Phil suffers from severe anxiety that has largely zapped his confidence, but despite the fact he no longer sits in the principal’s office, he is still setting an example for everybody – children and adults – to follow – he takes great pride in simply trying to be a good person.