Focused on what she does best – Anne Courtney

Anne-Courtney1Anne Courtney, is a Coach, Retreat Facilitator and Leadership Consultant. In her past, Anne has worked as a social worker, and also led a small not for profit organisation, and in recent years has been running her own business supporting people to deal more effectively with relationships in their families, workplaces, and communities. In this interview I am struck by the changes that Anne has noticed in her life – how she has become more reflective herself over the years and has settled into a path of helping others to see the value of reflection, and how it can facilitate more purposeful action.

Anne’s also involved in training people to become Ontological Coaches, which is a process where she enables people to reflect and learn about themselves and how they can support others to do the same. By helping people to become better observers of the human condition Anne is helping them to live better lives.

Anne speaks of her desire to create non-violent spaces where people can come together and “and allow each other to be who we are without invading that space with our opinion and our judgement”. She also speaks of the importance of listening and allowing other people to be different to ourselves and that’s it’s ok to accept that.

Anne currently is sharing in the live-in care of her father, who lives with dementia. She’s found this to be a time of learning and has appreciated the time to slow down.

In this interview you’ll hear Anne’s reflections on who she is, and how she has created opportunities to live out her purpose.

Resources Mentioned

Anne’s website

Joseph Campbell – Mythology

Fr Richard Rohr

Parker J Palmer

Pema Chodron

Eckhart Tolle

Harrison Owen

Alan Sieler – Newfield Institute

Brene Brown

Sound True

Book by the Linn’s – Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life

Book by Parker J Palmer – Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Book by Parker J Palmer – A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life

Book by Cheryl Richardson – Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Book by Marshall Rosenberg – Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides)