active CEO Podcast PJ Ashley (The Pillar Practice) – Consciously Connected Leadership

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

Workplace Wellness: World Health Organization Recognizes Burn-out

Workplace Wellness: World Health Organization Recognizes Burnout
Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash

This week the World Health Organization (WHO) made positive steps in improving workplace wellness by formally recognizing ‘Burn-out’ as an official occupational phenomenon. The WHO classified burn-out as ‘a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed’, under the International Classification of Diseases, and it will be globally-recognized as of 2020.

Feel like work is zapping all your energy and taking the fun out of life?

Do you feel burnt out, run down, emotionally paralyzed or lack the energy to do what you want to in life?

We live in a world that has a workplace culture that tends itself towards high levels of stress, working over-time, depression, detachment and feeling ineffective.

Will Workplace Wellness be the Next Royal Commission?

Will this mean that Workplace Wellness could be the next Royal Commission or Presidential Commission? It can’t be too far away as the effects, quite often catastrophic, that are associated with unsuccessfully managed workplace stress have a major ramifications for sick leave expenses, physical and mental health, personal and professional relationships, loss of productivity, workplace culture and employee retention.

It’s Affecting Those Close to Us!

I don’t know about you, but I am feed up with seeing family, friends and many people all around the world suffering from workplace related depression, mental health and even suicide due to the workplace cultures that cause unnecessary stress and burn-out.

CEO’s, leaders, owners and board directors are going to have to start taking workplace wellness seriously. It wouldn’t surprise me if we start seeing class actions in the near future.

There are a number of companies and organizations that do have positive and effective workplace wellness cultures in place and we must applaud them for being proactive in a space that has a major effect on society and our local communities. They should be used as examples of best practice and rewarded accordingly.

What is Burn-out?

We know that those who are most vulnerable to burn-out regularly navigate complex, contradictory and sometimes hostile environments. The main risk factors of burn-out in the workplace consist of:

  • doing work that is unrewarding,
  • limited control on the work that you do,
  • an overwhelming workload due to time and/or pressure exerted,
  • work that conflicts with our personal values,
  • unfair work practices, and
  • lack of community.

Workplace related symptoms include:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • increased mental distance from one’s job;
  • feelings of negativity or cynicism related to one’s job; and
  • reduced professional efficacy.

We Are Here to Help You

It is now time for you as a CEO or leader to make a positive change place workplace wellness at the heart of your company or organisation.

The team at NRG2Perform are here to support and guide you in implementing a positive workplace culture.

We have developed the Breaking The CEO Code and Breaking The CORPORATE Code. We provide CEO’s and leaders, as well as corporate teams or companies the curriculum and tools to minimise workplace stress, improve mental health and maximise your performance potential.

Programs include the four key fundamentals of Peak Human Performance:

  • ENERGY (fitness) – healthy body, healthy mind
  • FUEL (nutrition) – a Formula 1 car won’t perform on diesel fuel
  • EMOTION (mindset) – you are infectious both positive & negative
  • RECOVERY (recharge) – if you don’t switch the light off it will blow

And, the 3P’s of building sustainable energy for high performing leaders:

  • CEO/CORPORATE Periodization – scheduling your energy & recovery over time
  • CEO/CORPORATE Presence – communicating with purpose, precision & energy
  • CEO/CORPORATE Performance – bringing the energy, showing up & turning up

There is no Time to Wait

Make a decision and act now by contacting Craig Johns at NRG2Perform today, to discuss a specifically tailored Breaking The CEO Code or Breaking the CORPORATE Code program, by calling +61 415 675 939 or emailing