My purpose is that I want to change things for the better. 

There are too many people in this world who don’t have even the basic requirements for a happy life, and I believe that economic growth is essential for society to function effectively.  This places businesses in a critical role in improving our society, yet many don’t even recognise this, let alone act on it explicitly. If I can wake a few leaders up to their power, its possibility, and help them be more purposeful, I’ll have done my bit.

I run a regular programme in South Africa where we immerse leaders in the complexities of the transformation that has been taking place there over the last 20 years post-apartheid. I have met Nobel Prize winners, near legendary black and white business leaders, current top politicians, but what always strikes me as extraordinary is what the ‘ordinary’ people we meet have achieved, often with none of the advantages or context many of us have.  Every programme reminds me deeply of the extraordinary capability we all have within us to change ourselves, others and our world in the process.

I am thoughtful, hardworking, curious, caring, idealistic and insightful. If you work with me you will get someone who wants to understand you and your world before he does anything.

Cliched as it is, I’m proudest of my kids – Caitlin, Dan and Nell. They make me feel proud pretty much everyday (and many other feelings too!) I am always struck by their ability to learn, to face new things in their lives, react to them and grow as a consequence. I am proud of this in myself too, I have an ability to seek out the new and different, to continue to challenge my understanding of the world, and to not think I have it all worked out. In the words of Paul Weller – ‘The more I see, the more I know. The more I know, the less I understand. I am the Changingman’.

Graham also leads Research and Insight for BRIDGE globally and is the Managing Director of BRIDGE for Europe, Middle East and Africa.