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Finding Purpose From Failure with Warwick Fairfax

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Warwick Fairfax was only 26 when, as the fifth-generation heir to the media empire bearing his family name, he led — and lost — a multibillion-dollar public takeover bid. The result? The company founded by his great-great-grandfather slipped from family control after 150 years, leaving him to examine not only his own shortcomings and losses but also his life’s principles and the lessons he learned from family members who came before him and some of history’s greatest leaders. Ken talks with Warwick about overcoming seemingly insurmountable failure to find purpose and fulfillment in life.

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Warwick Fairfax is the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Crucible Leadership: Embrace Your Trials to Lead a Life of Significance and the founder of Crucible Leadership, a philosophical and practical breakthrough for turning business and personal failures into the fuel for igniting a life of significance. Forbes has hailed him as offering “compelling insights for anyone who would like to wake up feeling inspired by their work but doesn’t.” He is also the founder and host of the podcast “Beyond The Crucible”.

Those insights are rooted not in a checklist of glib to-do’s but in his own experience at the epicenter of one of the most spectacular business failures in the history of his home nation of Australia. Fairfax was only 26 when, as the fifth-generation heir to the media empire bearing his family name, he led — and lost — a multibillion-dollar public takeover bid. The result? The company founded by his great-great-grandfather slipped from family control after 150 years, leaving him to examine not only his own shortcomings and losses but also his life’s principles and the lessons he learned from family members who came before him and some of history’s greatest leaders. By sharing these insights as a leadership adviser, Fairfax enables others to learn from their own crucible experiences and emerge to lead lives rooted in their unique designs. 

Fairfax holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach and an Elder at Bay Area Community Church. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Gale. They have three adult children who are in the process of developing their own unique paths to lives of significance.

Learn more about Warwick and his work at:
https://crucibleleadership.com/

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