Minter Dialogue with Banahasta, aka John Purkiss

To ring in the new year, and before I get back into the brand new episodes for 2024, I wanted to re-release this powerful conversation with the fascinating John Purkiss. John is also known as Banahasta, which is short for Sri Nithya Banahastananda. This spiritual name was given to him by his guru, HDH Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, known to his followers as Swamiji. John is also the author of three books, including the bestseller, “The Power of Letting Go: How to drop everything that’s holding you back.” With an accomplished background, the highest credentials, Banahasta works as a partner at August Leadership, a global executive search firm. In this chat, we discuss John’s remarkable journey to become Banahasta. We also talk about consciousness, oneness, intuition and meditation, how he manages his personal and professional missions, and the inherent power of letting go. To be sure, this interview with Banahasta was first published here in 2022. 

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Music credit: The jingle at the beginning of the show is courtesy of my friend, Pierre Journel, author of the Guitar Channel. And, the new sign-off music is “A Convinced Man,” a song I co-wrote and recorded with Stephanie Singer back in the late 1980s (please excuse the quality of the sound!).

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Minter Dial

Minter Dial is an international professional speaker, author & consultant on Leadership, Branding and Transformation. After a successful international career at L’Oréal, Minter Dial returned to his entrepreneurial roots and has spent the last twelve years helping senior management teams and Boards to adapt to the new exigencies of the digitally enhanced marketplace. He has worked with world-class organisations to help activate their brand strategies, and figure out how best to integrate new technologies, digital tools, devices and platforms. Above all, Minter works to catalyse a change in mindset and dial up transformation. Minter received his BA in Trilingual Literature from Yale University (1987) and gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (1993). He’s author of four award-winning books, including Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence (2nd edition) (2023); You Lead, How Being Yourself Makes You A Better Leader (Kogan Page 2021); co-author of Futureproof, How To Get Your Business Ready For The Next Disruption (Pearson 2017); and author of The Last Ring Home (Myndset Press 2016), a book and documentary film, both of which have won awards and critical acclaim.

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