I'm Anna Stanford, a People Strategist based out of Melbourne, Australia.
I've had an unusual journey, transitioning from lawyer to commercial manager to art therapist, before returning to the corporate world to set up departments from scratch and to lead massive change programs. I'm a long time student of philosophy, psychology and playing, and am frequently to be found writing music, making art, or undertaking some kind of mad challenge.
I'm interested in more things that any one human has any right to be interested in, but get particularly obsessed with the way we make meaning in our lives, and the way that things are structured, connected, and built. I express myself through my art, music, written words, and wardrobe, and long to capture the universality of the human experience.
I do a lot of work with organisations on creating great places to work. Specifically, I help executives to think differently about:
- how they design organisations to deliver on strategy while enabling an amazing employee experience;
- how they enable their employee population to bring their best selves to their work; and
- how they create psychologically safe and creative cultures within the organisation, within teams, and between people.
I also work with individuals in the areas of authenticity, courage + challenge, and in developing deep self-awareness.
If you feel that I could add value to whatever you or your organisation is trying to achieve, please contact me.
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The Little Book of Unexpected Virtue
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