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When Change is a Wonderful Thing 当改变是美妙的

Peter Bingeman

Peter Bingeman
Chief Executive Officer of Visit Victoria

By Karina Foo

Applying for jobs is already a full-time job. It’s also a tough one, as the quality of your day may likely be determined by an acceptance or a flat-out rejection which usually doesn’t come with a reason.

But when you’re vying for a C-Suite position, the process becomes more intense and challenging.

Peter Bingeman knows all about this as when he contended to be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the tourism organisation Visit Victoria, it was the most rigorous and lengthiest recruitment process he endured.

“The recruitment process lasted for six months as I went through six interviews and did a number of strategic presentations. Needless to say, it was demanding but very rewarding,” recalls Peter, who commenced with the organisation in May 2016.

For the former Managing Director of Mondelez International in Singapore and Malaysia, making an industry and career switch presented more similarities than expected differences.

“I took a big leap of faith to expect a major change from working for 25 years in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry into tourism and events.”

It doesn’t quite matter what industry you work in, as long as you understand and are dedicated to the fundamentals, vision and mission of the brand you work for,” said Peter who applied for the job after hearing about it from his networks.

Just like a FMCG brand, Visit Victoria is also a brand and icon that aims to provide people a great experience. While the two industries are vastly different, they share the same purpose and philosophy,” explains Peter who managed the growth of Procter and Gamble, Cadbury and Kraft.

The biggest risk, he believes is the one taken by this government body to have made their final decision to hire Peter. They were impressed by his experience and credentials in successfully heading the sales and marketing process of Cadbury and Kraft mergers that became Mondelez.

Just like the mergers he handled previously, Peter’s first mission in Visit Victoria was to manage and oversee the unification of Tourism Victoria, Victorian Major Events Company and Melbourne Convention Bureau into one brand. As an entity, it aims to capitalise on commercial opportunities in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global tourism market.

“My team and I focused on creating a long-term strategy to deliver great results. I’m so pleased to say that tourism and growth in visitor numbers have been substantial,” said Peter.

The work has evidently paid off as since September 2017, the total expenditure in Victoria from visitor economy reached a high of $26.4 billion.

“I’ve always loved working in a team – when growing up, I enjoyed team sports. I understood the power of teamwork and wanted to use the type of positive synergy to deliver exceptional results. That has led me through my career and gotten me to where I am today where I’m so fortunate to work with great people.”

申请一项工作并非易事,甚至已经成为全职任务。因为你一天的质量很可能在被接受与否,或者是被无理由的拒绝消磨殆尽。

尤其当你在竞争高级管理层的职位时,这个过程就会变得更加激烈和富有挑战性。

Peter Bingeman对此经历清晰无比,因为他在成功任职旅游组织“观光维多利亚” (Visit Victoria) 首席执行官的过程中,历经最严格、最漫长的招聘流程。

“招聘持续了6个月,我接受了6次面试,并进行一些战略性的介绍。但要求虽然很高,可是我觉得值得,有高回报率。”他在2016年5月和该组织达成工作协议。

对于这位前任亿滋国际 (Mondelez International) 驻新加坡和马来西亚的董事经理来说,行业领域和职业转型带来的相似之处多于预期的差异。

“我的信念发生了巨大的转变,从工作长达25年的快速消费品(FMCG)领域,到旅游业和各种活动,其中也发生重大变化。不过其实在哪个行业效力并不重要,只要足够理解并致力于所在品牌的基础、愿景和使命。”这名曾掌管宝洁公司 (Procter and Gamble P&G),吉百利 (Cadbury) 和卡夫 (Kraft) 公司的管理者这么认为。

犹如快速消费品牌一样,观光维多利亚也是一个品牌和标志,旨在给人们或消费者一个愉悦的体验。虽然这两个行业截然不同,但有着共通的目标和理念。

而谈到最大的风险,他认为是这个政府机构最终决定雇佣自己。招聘方对其成功领导吉百利和卡夫的销售和营销合并过程,造就亿滋的经验和资历感到印象深刻。

因此,就像他之前处理的合并计划一样,他对于观光维多利亚的首要任务是进行管理和监督,并将维多利亚旅游部、维多利亚大型赛事活动公司和墨尔本会议事务局合并成一个品牌。作为一个实体,他们的目标是在竞争日益激烈和充满活力的全球旅游市场中抓住商机。

“我和团队专注于制定一个长期战略,以取得最佳成果。而欣慰的是,旅游业和游客数量的增长相当巨大。”

这项工作从2017年9月起就有了明显的成效,维多利亚的旅游总开支达到了264亿澳元。

“我一直喜欢在团队中工作,在成长过程中,我同样喜欢团队运动。”他非常了解团队合作的力量,并希望利用类似积极的协同作用来造就出色的成果。这也让他的职业生涯走到了今天,他表示与杰出的人们一起工作是幸运的事。

 

From Economist to Metaphysical Healer 从经济学家到超自然学的治疗者

Grace Moy O_BrienGrace Moy O’Brien
Chinese Medicine Doctor, Naturopath, Counsellor, Metaphysical Healer

How does one make the switch from economist to metaphysical healer? Grace Moy O’Brien’s transition goes beyond a career change – it is instead a journey into self awareness and expanding consciousness.

Born into a typical and conventional Malaysian Chinese family in Penang, Grace went to Melbourne to pursue a Bachelor of Economics and a post graduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism. Upon graduation she started work as an economist and researcher.

But Grace’s personal journey is anything but conventional. From the age of four, Grace started having what she now knows as “Out of Body Experiences” (OBE), which is now a much researched phenomena. Grace kept her OBEs a secret for most of her adult years for fear of being ridiculed. However, her curiosity took her on a quest to learn more about OBEs, eventually leading her into the arena of neuroscience, and quantum physics.

Her work with neuroscientist Dr. Jeffrey L. Fannin, Ph.D, Dr. Joe Dispenza, quantum physicists Prof. Konstantin Korotkov and Dr. Dimitry Orlov (BioPhotonics/ ElectroPhotonics), has deepened her understanding of metaphysics and passion in exploring consciousness.

Grace says the turning point in her life came about following her mum’s death in a car accident in Malaysia. “This may sound crazy, but after mum died, I had a few encounters with her while I was having my out of body experiences. It gave me a lot of comfort and helped me come to terms with her death.”

“A life of freedom and knowing. Freedom from the shackles of matter, and knowing, which comes from experiencing the divine in you.”

She adds, “Think about this. When you die, you leave everything behind. The only thing you take with you is your spirit. Where you go after you take your last breath is dependent upon your state of consciousness. Is it then not logical to take care of and to know your true essence, which is your consciousness?”.

Her mum’s death and her OBEs propelled her to change her life, including, a career transformation. She went back to university, this time to study the Health Sciences, and now practices as an Acupuncturist, Naturopath, Counsellor, and Metaphysical Healer in Melbourne. In line with her passion to help others understand that they are more than just their physical bodies, Grace also runs workshops using neuroscience to demystify meditation and the exploration of consciousness.

“It is not enough to just believe, it is our responsibility to ourselves to conduct our own due diligence and experience our true essence, and thus graduate into knowing,” says Grace.

如何从经济学家成为超自然学的治疗者?Grace Moy O’brien的人生转换不仅仅是一次职业的改变 – 而是一次进入自我觉醒和扩展意识的旅程。

Grace出生于马来西亚槟城一个典型的传统华人家庭,她前往墨尔本攻读经济学学士学位,并获得酒店与旅游业的研究生学位。毕业后,她开始从事经济学和研究员的工作。

但属于她的个人历练不同寻常。从4岁开始,她开始拥有现在所了解的“灵魂出窍” (out-of-body experience – OBE) 的经历,其实这是现今一种被广泛研究的现象。在她成年后,大部分时间里都对自己的这项体验绝口不提,以免被嘲笑。然而,好奇心驱使她去挖掘更多关于OBE的知识,最终引导她进入神经科学和量子物理学的领域。

她与神经学家Dr. Jeffrey L. Fannin博士和 Dr. Joe Dispenza, 量子物理学家Prof. Konstantin Korotkov 与 Dr. Dimitry Orlov (生物光子学/电光子学)的合作,深化了她对超自然学的理解和探索热情。

而她生命中的转折点是她母亲在马来西亚因为一场车祸中丧生之后。“虽然听起来可能有点不可思议,但在妈妈去世后,通过灵魂出窍,我和她有过几次接触,这也给了我很多慰藉,让我接受了她的
死亡。”

她补充说,思考一下,当面临死亡的时候,一切都已经抛诸脑后,我们唯一能带走的就是灵魂。最后一次呼吸后去哪里取决于人的意识形态。因此关注和了解自己的真正本质,也就是意识,是合乎逻辑的。

母亲的离世和灵魂出窍的经历促使她改变了生活轨迹,包括职业转变。她再次回到大学,这次是去研读健康科学,目前身在墨尔本作为针灸、自然疗法、辅导和超自然学治疗师。用她的热情帮助别人理解,他们存在的不仅是肉身,她还通过神经科学的研讨会以揭开冥想和意识的神秘面纱。

那么,Grace对美好生活的定义是什么呢?

“自由而领会的生活。从物质的桎梏中自由解脱,领会从你内在与身上感受的非凡体验。”

 

Personal Guidance System 个人指导系统

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Bill Bennett
Australian Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter

Bill Bennett’s life changed early one morning on a back street in New Orleans. He was driving, and as he approached an intersection he heard a voice which warned him to slow down. Fortunately he did slow down, because suddenly a huge truck ran a red light, hurtled through the intersection and missed him by inches. If not for that voice, he would have been killed.

The incident haunted him for years. He wanted to know three things: What was that voice? Where did it come from? Why was my life saved? Those three questions would finally compelled him to make a movie about his search for the meaning behind that voice.

For years he travelled around the world interviewing leading experts on intuition, covering the fields of science, religion and spiritualty. He spoke to neuroscientists and mystics, psychiatrists and saints and psychics – and the resulting film is now released in Australia and the US.

Called PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System, the film discusses what intuition is, how it works, and how we can tap into it to make better choices in life.

For Bill, making the film changed his life, he says. He started out a skeptic, but by the end he was convinced that intuition is real, it works, and it’s a legitimate bodily system that acts to keep us safe from harm, and seeks to guide us on our life’s journey.

Bill now lives his life totally intuitively. He says he no longer makes decisions, he feels them. “When you make decisions, you use your intellect, your rational mind, and at times your ego,” says Bill.

“When you use your intuition and feel decisions – for instance when you trust your gut – you disengage from rational thought and you go with what feels right, not necessarily what your logic or intellect would say is the right thing to do.”

According to Bill, when you make decisions based on your intellect, you’re always pulling from what’s known, which is limiting. When you use your intuition, you’re accessing what’s not known, which is expansive. But it’s also scary, says Bill, which is why so many people don’t use their intuition, because of fear.

Bill’s film details five steps you can take to tap into your intuition – STOP, LISTEN, ASK, TRUST, FOLLOW.

“Trust is the biggie,” he says. “If you begin to trust your intuition on small things, when the big decisions come along, you can take advantage of your intuition.”

Bill Bennett 的生活因为一个清晨的事故发生了重大变化。当时,他正开车行驶在新奥尔良一条偏僻的后街上,而在接近十字路口时,突然听到一个声音警告他要减速。幸运的是,他放慢了速度,电光石火间,一辆大卡车忽然闯了红灯,冲过十字路口,与他惊险的擦身而过。要不是那个声音,他的生命不复存在。

而事情发生后却多年来困扰着他。他想知道:那是什么声音?它是从哪里来的?为何我得救了?因为这三个疑问,最终促使他制作一部关于寻找那个声音背后意义的电影。

多年来,他周游列国,不间断的采访了涉及科学、宗教和精神领域有关直觉课题的顶尖专家。他甚至与神经科学家、神秘主义者、精神病学家,圣徒和心理学家进行了研讨对话 – 而由此诞生的电影目前在澳大利亚和美国上映。

这部被称为PGS (Personal Guidance System) – 直觉是你的个人指导系统的电影内容讨论了什么是直觉,它是如何运作的,以及我们如何利用它来在生活中做出更好的抉择。

对Bill来说,拍这部电影改变了他的生活轨迹。一开始保持怀疑论者心态,但最后他确信直觉是真实的,有效的,是一项合理的身体系统,保护我们不受伤害,并试图指导我们的人生旅程。

他现在过着完全凭直觉过生活,并且不运用理性做决定,他感觉到了。

“当你做决定时,会使用智慧、理性的头脑,有时还会动用你的自我。但是,当随着直觉和感觉而抉择,并且相信自己的直觉的时候—你将脱离理性的思考,选择感觉正确的东西,而不一定是逻辑或智力认为是正确的事情。”

依据Bill的说法,当运用智力做出决定时,人总是在回避已知事物,造成受限。可是依靠直觉时,你是在探索未知的状况,拥有无限扩展空间。“可是,这也很让人恐惧,这就是为何很多人因为害怕而不使用他们的直觉。”

Bill的这部电影详细描述了可以采取的5个步骤来挖掘你的直觉—停止、倾听、询问、信任、跟随。