The Quest and Memoir of a Vulnerable Man
A moving memoir, romantic story, inspiring guide to dealing with profoundly different cultures, and dramatic account of a quest to be an agent of change despite formidable odds, this book has broad appeal.
In Papua New Guinea "Tau Bada" means big white man, a title the author earned as a local business owner as well as by his physical size in comparison to the area's population.
John E. Quinlan, an executive consultant and former CEO, shares his riveting story and remarkable journey from the halls of high finance through back roads and high mountain passes on his Harley and then on to the rainforest of Papua New Guinea, where he and his wife, Fiona, embarked on an organic coffee community venture with over 2,500 tribal farmers.
John’s experience in the corporate sector, his taste for challenge and adventure, and the surprising results of his search for meaning and community make him an ideal author for those craving a deeper look at leadership and their own personal growth. His newly gained global perspective will appeal to anyone interested in authenticity, mind-body-spirit and personal growth books as well as anyone who has ever been frustrated in love or business.
John’s vivid experiences, sometimes life-threatening, lead him to the value of vulnerability:
“I learned this lesson while setting up a Certified Organic and Rainforest Alliance coffee venture in Papua New Guinea. My greatest teacher was a tribal chief dressed in a feather headdress named Stafford. He resonated truth and humility. Outwitting, outclassing, outsmarting didn’t work in this business arena. To drop all pretenses and demonstrate in gesture and conversation my respect was an act of vulnerability. His simplicity helped to guide me to the next chapter of my life.
“I can impact others to find their truth by being vulnerable and coaching them to do the same. This act of emotional exposure takes courage. It requires one to let go of self-grandiosity and self-rejection and be impeccably honest in order to be authentic with yourself and others.
“This is where we make the greatest connection and create the best business environment, built on trust and respect.
“My own experience working among a different culture required more openness, insight and sensitivity, and has provided me with immeasurable, life-changing values.”
John invites you to share in discovering the “highway markers” along the road to genuine openness.