Who is

Eric Winters

I’m a self-leadership coach, speaker and author with deep knowledge in the science of building courageous and emotionally intelligent mindsets.

My know-how is a combination of over 20 years of international corporate life, two masters degrees in human behavior change, and over 12 years helping leaders and their teams become their best selves to meet workplace challenges effectively.

It all began beside the seaside, beside the sea.

1963
I WAS BORN IN CHICHESTER, ENGLAND

The proximity to the English seaside instilled an enduring love of fish and chips.

1969
FATHER DIED DURING AN INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC

Although he wasn’t around physically, the legend of this World War II Fighter Ace lived on throughout my childhood.

1970
FIRST JOB

Selling socks in outdoor markets working for my inspirational mother who boldly pivoted from housewife to family breadwinner.

1978
WORST HOLIDAY JOB EVER

picking freshly dug potatoes. Back-breaking work. I never complain about the cost of potatoes

1979
BEST HOLIDAY JOB EVER

running a seaside kiosk selling ice-creams, buckets and spades & sunhats (to ever-hopeful Brits).

1981
OFF TO EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

to study ecology. Discovered the joy of haggis and hill-walking.

1985
JOINED IBM

Gave talks & workshops on using exciting new technology, such as the IBM PC – well it was new & exciting back then! Have been speaking and training ever since.

1990
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BROKE SCOTTISH HANG-GLIDING DISTANCE RECORD

flying 59 miles across the border to land next to Carlisle Castle.

1993
MOVED TO ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Learnt to work with and learn from diverse cultures in a technical leadership role. Learnt scuba diving.

1995
RELOCATED TO MUNICH, GERMANY

Between discovering great beer and snowboarding I worked as a technical consultant with Motorola. German stereotypes quickly dismantled by first-hand experience – they’re funny folk!

1999
MOVED TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

in time for the Millennium firework show and the Millennium bug no-show.

2000
JOINED IBM AGAIN

as a consultant, technical lead, and trainer.

2008
TOOK A YEAR OUT

to cycle in Canada and scuba-dive in Indonesia. A fabulous 12 months of immersion in nature.

2009
STARTED MASTERS IN COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY

Began performance & wellbeing coaching, training and speaking full time. Began learning from behavioural change leaders around the world. Haven’t stopped.

2012
BEGAN MASTERS IN COACHING PSYCHOLOGY

at the University of Sydney learning from the pioneer in coaching psychology research, Tony Grant.

2013
FACILITATED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT THROUGH TALKS, COACHING & WORKSHOPS

across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & China.

2020
PUBLISHED SWIPE RIGHT ON YOUR BEST SELF