We think it’s about time we officially welcomed our Leadership and Development expert to the Hidden Door family. Callum Waite has been working with us for a few months now, lending his wealth of experience from the armed forces and L&D field to provide high value customized sessions for our clients.
Why did you become an experiential facilitator?
I’ve always had an interest in training and creating positive learning environments, something that the Military is very good at encouraging. When I first left the regular Army after 11 years, I wasn’t sure what I actually wanted to do or what I was actually qualified to do. Not much call for jumping out of planes and blowing things up in most civilian industries (exception might be hostile corporate takeovers!). I was lucky enough to fall into experiential leadership development and coaching, which has not only provided me with a great platform to further my own understanding on leadership, but also see the positive benefits that our programs have on individuals and organisations.
What did you do before this?
I joined the Australian Army at 17 years of age, where I spent most of my time specialising in parachuting and small team reconnaissance.
What’s biggest achievement in your work?
I hope my biggest achievements are yet to come. Writing a book and sharing my research and thoughts with a wide audience that can help individuals and organisations drive real change.
If you had a work manifesto, what would it be?
Service without seeking personal recognition. This is something that has resonated with me since I was young, but the older I get the more meaning it has.
What is the next big thing in L&D?
The ability for organisations to adopt a learning culture and begin to see training and development as a key part of dynamic capability development and adaptive performance.
If you could only take one music album with you on a trip to the moon, what would it be?
The longest album ever made, or maybe the Dark side of the moon by Pink Floyd, just to keep me in the mood.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever been?
I have been lucky enough to not only travel around the world for work but also pleasure. I hope to take a lesson from my Grandad and always travel and experience new interesting places. I think the most interesting places are the one I haven’t been to yet.
To find out anymore serious (or not so serious) facts about Callum, please get in touch with us. We have partnered up to offer a range of customisable programmes that have proven to make real change for our clients. so dont hesitate to call for more information on how he can make a difference to your organisation.