Meet Alastair

I’m a transformation coach for individuals and groups. I’m also a mentor to executives and an advisor for tech startups. I have lived on 5 continents and founded two successful businesses. I do service in a community group. I am also the father of two amazing young people of whom I am incredibly proud.

A leap of faith

I was alone in the Sinai desert on a blistering hot day. I stood at the top of an ancient coral headland.

To the east, across the Gulf of Aqaba, Saudi Arabia shimmered in the heat. To the west, across the Gulf of Suez and beyond the horizon, lay Africa. Below me, impossibly blue and dropping down half a mile deep, the ocean sparkled in the sun. I undressed carefully, then folded my clothes beneath a rocky ledge. I took a breath, stepped out onto the edge of the cliff, and dived out over the thin reef into the swirling ocean fifty feet below. That was twenty-five years ago.

Transformation and transition coaching.

I’ve come a long way since that day. Today I’m a transformation and transition coach for individuals, and groups. I’ve lived and worked on 5 continents. I’m a business consultant, a mentor to executives, and an advisor for technology startups. I have founded two successful businesses. I have an undergraduate degree in process engineering, a master’s degree in education, and a project management certification from HarvardX. I have fifteen years of practical experience as a digital marketing expert. In the course of my twenty-year career, I’ve transformed myself from an engineer to a teacher to an entrepreneur to an executive.

But that’s not why you should hire me as your coach.

Three years ago I lost everything. I got into debt. I lost my business. And I almost lost my family. I became addicted to the dark side of the internet and got into a destructive relationship that dragged me even further away from my children. I was in the darkest place I could imagine. But I was pretending I was fine.

A family friend took me to a recovery group. It was an alcoholic’s anonymous meeting. I wasn’t an alcoholic, but it didn’t matter. I needed to hear what was being said. I sat quietly and listened to incredibly strong men and women stand up and share their stories, and I heard my story in their words. I found hope. I found strength. And I started my recovery journey.

I was in the darkest place I could imagine.

Being brave is not the same as being fearless.

I’m still on my recovery journey today. I go to meetings regularly and I share my story with men and women who need to hear where I’ve been. I’ve learned more about myself in recovery than in all of my degrees and courses. I’ve learned how to listen, and really hear. I’ve learned how to be honest, with others, and especially with myself. I’ve learned how to recognize my fears and own them and face them. I’ve learned that being brave is not the same as being fearless. And most importantly, I’ve learned how to be still and listen to the gentle voice of my soul, and trust that it will lead me to where I am meant to go.

I believe that, as a coach, my job is to help you to find and listen to your inner voice. I don’t have your answers. You do. All I can do is help you to ask the right questions. As we work together we’ll learn about our hopes and dreams. We’ll share our experiences, our strengths, and our fears, and we’ll learn together how to listen to the inner voice that guides us.

Every person comes into our lives for a reason. I’ve discovered that I learn as much from coaching others as they might learn from being coached. Today I am very different from the person I was three years ago. I am a writer and teacher. I am a coach. I live from my heart, with all my heart. I have strong friendships and committed relationships based on trust. I am a present and loving father to my two beautiful children whom I love with all my soul.

Listen to the inner voice that guides you.

I invite you to take your leap.

Twenty-five years ago I leaped off a cliff into the Arabian ocean.

Today, I invite you to take your leap, and if you wish, I’ll help you to make that leap and start your own journey of transformation, whether it be transitioning to a new country, a new job, a new business, or a new life.

I'll help you get to where you need to be!

I believe we all have a purpose. I believe that we were all born to do something special, something amazing, something truly unique and beautiful. I believe that when our life and our actions are aligned with our purpose, we can be who we were truly meant to be.

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