Interview with MJ and CTI

MJ Cabanel lives in Geneva, Switzerland, and has been a Co-Active Core Curriculum Front of the Room Leader since 2012. Since she joined CTI, she has led 25 Co-Active workshops and touched an estimated 650 lives. We asked MJ about her life and her journey with CTI. Here’s what she had to say.

What impact has Co-Active had on you?

Where do I begin? CTI has transformed my entire life, my work, my family, my operating system and my view of the world. Through CTI, I found purpose, mission and an even greater openness to the world. This has brought me magic, synchronicity and transformation, and my mission — Fulfillment at Work. Co-Activity is my way of life. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

What's your "aha” moment?

There were many, and I will give you two: The first was watching Antony Parry do the wheel of life demo at Fundamentals in London. I think I shouted out loud in admiration when he finished. I just knew that I wanted to do what he was doing and transform people. The second was during the Co-Active Leadership Program. There I really understood that all of me was really, really OK and that I was on this planet for a purpose. I was so relieved, grateful and excited. Then I became completely overflowing with energy and got busy!

What are you learning?

I am always learning — and what never ceases to amaze me is how rich the Co-Active model is and how it continues to evolve in my life and that of my clients. For example, I recently rearranged my values priority list. My kids are getting older and I am really aware of just how precious they are and how time is fleeting. This means that I am operating differently and making different choices that honor my children and particularly my own value around family. Subsequently, this has brought my family and me closer together.

What's next for you?

Creation. I am a writer in my heart and, when I take the time, on paper too. My goal is to create new things, new articles, maybe a book and new programs that spread the Co-Active way in the world. More collaboration is also in my future, as working with other creative people energizes me and activates my idea productivity, making just about anything possible. I was recently part of a corporate design team to overhaul the leadership program for a large Swiss company. All the participants were Co-Active and we created five robust programs in three days!

What are your hobbies?

Reading. Walking in the Alps or the Jura mountains with my dog. Going to summer music festivals, and traveling with the family. I love food and wine and come from chocolate land. Dinner is a value as well as a way of life.

What is your family life like?

Really delicious, surprising and very fulfilling at this moment. We are all rediscovering each other and having a bit of a renaissance. I suspect this has to do in part with me moving the family value into first place and taking more time at home. We also had a great vacation to California late last year and we really bonded. I am married to Pascal (19 years) and have two children, Louis, 17, and Audrey, 14, and a furry child (dog) named Cowboy. They are each and all a tremendous gift. I am loving the mindfulness of that, and it has really centered me.

What are you reading currently?

That’s almost as tough as the “aha” moment. I am always reading a bunch of books at the same time. For novels, I just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. In development, I am reading and working on Mindfulness by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, and for business, The Culture Map by Erin Meyer. I am addicted to the Harvard Business Review, which is loaded with coaching articles!