In Search of Inspiration

July 1, 2016.
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Anthony Willoughby:
In Search of Inspiration

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Willoughby for the first time.  He had just flown into Tokyo from Ulan Bator, Mongolia, where he had recently established the Nomadic School of Business—providing corporate leaders and their teams with unique leadership training and team building workshops.

Anthony was raised in Africa, and went to school in the UK and the US. In 1973, at the age of 22, he bought a one-way ticket on the Trans-Siberian Express to Japan in search of inspiration, adventure and opportunities. He never looked back—and has had an amazing life and career ever since.

His many extraordinary adventures and accomplishments include trekking through the jungles of Papa New Guinea and the highlands of Kenya and Mongolia. He has also scaled China’s 7,546-meter Mount Mustagh Ata without porters or oxygen.

His TEDxTokyo talk featured here is highly recommended—not only for inspiration and some great insights on leadership and team building, but also for tips on how to give an inspiring and engaging talk.

Note his use of stories throughout the talk, how he brings out his passion through the use of voice and body language, use of humour and strong visuals—mostly using eye-catching photos and illustrations, rather than text and bullet points.

TEDxTokyo 2013

Over the past couple of decades Anthony has developed some truly unique leadership and team building programs using his Territory Mapping concept—which is based on his experience and research with indigenous communities of East Africa, Mongolia and Papa New Guinea. These programs have been provided to many companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Dyson, AIA, LIXIL, Qatar Airways and others.

He has also written and published: In Search of Inspiration—a book about his life and philosophy.

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