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Managing lifestyle and relationships for positive change

Andrew and Gaia Grant are a dynamic husband and wife team with a remarkable story to tell of making a dramatic change to a simple lifestyle in Bali while maintaining an impressive international career. The directors of organizational development company Tirian, Andrew and Gaia are in demand as professional facilitators and consultant s to multinational executives. They cover a wide range of personal a group development issues including leadership, teaming, communication, and balanced lifestyle. Using a unique interactive style, they have presented a clever blend of the latest management and personal development issues to audiences in 14 countries with more than 30 different nationalities. Gaia has written about their experiences in ‘A Patch of Paradise' and ‘The Rhythm of Life', and both describe their creative interactive concepts in ‘Living in Three Dimensions'.

Article excerpt from Asian Wall Street Journal:


Sometimes achieving happiness simply requires being open to new ideas. Andrew and Gaia Grant were on a year long sabbatical in Bali when, over dinner one night, a new acquaintance made on off-hand suggestion. The acquaintance, a hotel sales director, said the Grant's should leverage their backgrounds in teaching personal development skills and apply it to business executives staying in Bali

Many people would disregard a suggestion that would require them to change their lives completely. Besides, the Grant's had already made names for themselves in Australia . Rather than dismiss the idea, though, the Grant's listened. After thinking about it, the couple decided it made sense, and today the 42-years olds run a successful company from Bali - and live in the same home (now rather expanded) they took their sabbatical in.

Their company Tirian, launched in 1997, designs and facilitates programs for executive leadership and team-development in 20 countries for companies such as Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Accenture. Not only do the Grants get to live on the Indonesian island of Bali , but the company is profitable as well-they can earn as much as $20,000 for one day seminars.

When the idea for starting Tirian in Bali came up, the Grants decided it would be foolish to replace the mad-dash existence of their past-working vacations, being on-call 24 hours – with an equally hectic schedule in paradise.

Ironically, though, with the growth of Tirian – which now has more than15 staff in five countries – the Grants are busier that they've ever been. But there's a difference this time. “We do sometimes have 18-hour days, and the past month I've only spent four days in Bali, says Mr. Grant. “But that's my choice. We can make our own decisions about how busy we choose to be”.

In the coming years, the Grants plan to step back from their growing business, and perhaps do more social work in impoverished communities. In the meantime, going to the office means a pleasant walk across the compound they've created near the beach. Mr. Grant can take conference calls while walking shirt-less, surfboard nearby, and two kids waiting to go out on the waves. “I wouldn't trade it for anything,” he says.

Kevin Voigt Asian Wall Street Journal Nov 2004 (used with permission)




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