reallife

with John Cowan

7:30pm Sunday nights

Dr Paul Wood

10 July 2016

As an 18 year-old, Paul was completely off the rails. He wasn’t coping with the impending death of his mother, he was dependent on drugs and was an unemployed high-school dropout who was committing crimes to feed his habit.

Things continued to escalate, to the point where Paul was convicted of murder and went on to spend more than a decade in some of New Zealand’s toughest prisons. During this period Paul became the first person in New Zealand’s history to progress through undergraduate and Masters degrees while in prison. He was also the first person to begin a Doctorate while incarcerated.

Paul’s educational pursuits dovetailed with a journey of personal exploration and change.

On his release, he was able to translate this knowledge into strategies for improving business and personal performance. Paul now spends most of his time working with senior leaders and organisations across both the private and public sectors to help them reach and maintain peak performance. He also works with troubled teens to help them identify and successfully pursue their dreams. As a keen athlete himself, he also assists sports people to more consistently and effectively maximise their potential.

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