Warwick Fairfax is a trusted adviser, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, podcast host, ICF-certified coach, and in-demand speaker.
His purpose lies in helping people uncover their own unique path to a life of significance and purpose through the learning power of story and an enlightening path of self-discovery.
Warwick Fairfax founded Beyond the Crucible to provide inspiration and tools that empower people to turn their business and personal failures and losses from trials into triumphs.
He has been hailed by Forbes as offering “compelling insights for anyone who would like to wake up feeling inspired by their work but doesn’t” — insights rooted not in a checklist of glib to-do’s, but in his own experience at the epicenter of one of the most spectacular business failures in the history of his home nation of Australia.
Warwick (pronounced “Warrick”) was only 26 when, as the fifth-generation heir to the media empire bearing his family name, he led — and lost — a multibillion-dollar public takeover bid. The result? The company founded by his great-great grandfather slipped from family control after 150 years. This devastating experience led him to examine not only his own shortcomings and losses, but also his life’s principles and the lessons he learned from both family elders and history’s greatest leaders.
Armed with this hard-won understanding, Warwick has enabled others to learn from what he describes as their own “crucible experiences” and emerge to lead a life rooted in who they are. His journey has opened a door for men and women from all walks of life to not only bounce back from failure, but to use those crucible moments to bounce forward into a life of significance.
Warwick is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Crucible Leadership: Embrace Your Trials to Lead a Life of Significance (Morgan James Publishing, 2021), the broad appeal of which led it to top Amazon’s charts in the business leadership, memoir, and self-help categories.
“Warwick Fairfax is the “real deal!” I have seen him live out his convictions over many years and in many settings. His book and his speaking engagements are truly a testament to honor, legacy, and leadership. To borrow a phrase from a local Baltimore firm, “He lives and breathes this stuff!”
CSO and President, Exclamation Communications
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The first Beyond the Crucible e-course curriculum, Discover Your Second-Act Significance, designed to help participants find new purpose and meaning in their own second acts, was released in late 2022. It has been recognized on ABC, CBS, NBC and in The Associated Press.
Beyond the Crucible has conducted its own groundbreaking quantitative study into how people experience, deal with, and “bounce forward” from their own crucible moments; results will be released later in 2023.
Warwick is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an Elder at Bay Area Community Church.
He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Gale. They have three children who are in the process of developing their own unique paths to lives of significance.
“An inspiring leader.”
Jake Carlson, host, Modern Leadership
“What Warwick is doing helping people get through
when life kicks them in the teeth is tremendous.”
Jim Oliver, host, Breakaway Wealth