active CEO Podcast #41 PJ Ashley Consciously Connected Leadership

PJ Ashley – Founder The Pillar Practice

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with PJ Ashley about The Pillar Practice, being born to change the world, supporting Defence Force families, and consciously connected leadership. We also discuss the ‘why’ behind starting her own business, having ‘busy’ as a badge of owner, people becoming truth-seekers, the World Health Organization recognizing “Burn-out”, and the walking dead state.

PJ Ashley – Podcast Interview Brief

PJ has chosen the health and wellness of people and businesses around the world over a corporate life. She spent eight years as a director at Lifeline Canberra, which exists to support people in crisis and save the lives of those experiencing thoughts of suicide

The early part of her life included living in NSW and then Queensland, Australia, where she attended St Aidans Anglican Girls College. She completed a Certificate Business Studies at Lorraine Martin Business College and later on in her career, a Diploma Holistic Therapies at Swindon College in the UK.

Our guest has spent over 25 years working in and around Defence, including being an executive in the corporate world dealing with large multi-million dollar Government and Defence contracts. This has included working in various managerial roles at Toll, CIPS Australia, Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia and LMB Consulting.

In 2013, she founded The Pillar Practice, where they decrypt the mysteries of life through a journey of healing. Her trademark The Pillar Code is now formally recognized as a new modality in 26 countries.

PJ talks about:

  • Growing up in a sporting family, as a dancer.
  • Going to the university of life, but not being able to name the campus she went to.
  • Finding her leadership talent through voluntary work with Defence families.
  • Seeing something in someone that they cant see in themselves.
  • Her leadership style and what values are most important to her.
  • Surrounding herself with people who can do things that she cant.
  • The ‘WHY” behind leaving the corporate world and starting her own business.
  • Why a massage became her defining moment for The Pillar Practice.
  • Delivering the world a brand new modality, the gift to assist them to the waking up.
  • The coding system of the universe with the nine Pillars.
  • The World Health Organization recognising “BURNOUT” as a occupational phenomenon.
  • People pushing themselves to the absolute limit.
  • Recognizing consciously connected leadership.
  • Sealing, a very quick form of consciously meditating without going into a full meditation.
  • Not going to get to the end of this life and I didn’t give it my best shot.
  • Wanting to solve the walking dead state.

Active CEO Wellness Tip

Bigger Than Themselves – You have to dig deep and find out what truly motivates each employee on your team. What gets them up each day and what will allow them to draw more energy to perform with distinction in your company? What is the greater purpose? Because people want to do something much bigger than what your company stands for and something that is bigger than themselves.


“Some people are just born to be academics and other people are born to change the world. You are not the academic, you are the one to change the world.” The advice PJ Ashley’s head mistress gave to her at school on the active CEO Podcast.

“Every day was the same except I was adding another zero.” PJ Ashley describing how every day became the same, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

PJ Ashley Facebook
PJ Ashley LinkedIn
The Pillar Practice
The Pillar Practice Facebook
The Pillar Practice YouTube
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole Performance Coaching

Recommended Reading:

It’s About Time by George – PJ Ashley
Better Than Winning – Ben Gathercole

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