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About Us2021-09-21T02:11:17+08:00

The Institute is a much bigger conversation!

Back in 2016 we launched our business, Be Exceptional Consulting and Coaching to coincide with our presentation about Integrity in business at an entrepreneur’s conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2019 we both joined the business to work full time developing our clients and developing ourselves as leadership coaches to grow our business impact.

When 2020 rolled around we had no idea what a challenging and confronting year it would be for all of us. Lockdowns, travel restrictions, working from home, ZOOM meetings and all the while, a sense of uncertainty and anxiety loomed menacingly over the whole planet.

We took the opportunity during the first lockdown in WA to further develop our coaching skills and competency. We became part of the initial global cohort to be trained in coaching and debriefing clients with a new ontological tool: The Being Profile.

Last year was the first time in a long while, we had the time, and more importantly the mental space to think more deeply and ask ourselves and each other more profound questions. We began to look really hard at the bigger picture and the state of our world.

Not only are we now dealing with a global pandemic because a virus crossed from an animal to a human, serious health conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental disorders like anxiety, depression, autism and dementia continue to rise globally. Additionally, climate change is starting to impact us, and, as predicted years ago, we are beginning to see more extreme weather events around the world.

Our Earth

What we also learned last year is just how depleted our soil is. Decades of industrialised agriculture has taken a toll, with the impact of chemical fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides and a poor understanding of soil biology coalescing. Modern agriculture practices now produce chemically contaminated food that is nutritionally deficient because of biology loss from the soil. It is no coincidence that the global use of chemicals and nutritionally deficient food correlates with poor physical and mental health. As the adage says, we are what we eat.

Collectively, we have lost our connection to nature, which our lives depend on. We can no longer afford to measure our progress solely using the economic bottom line. We urgently need to consider the social and environmental impact of what we do. After reading Regenerative Leadership, a seminal book by Giles Hutchins and Laura Storm published in 2019, we really got it is time for a new approach to leadership development. We are clear, the work for us to do is develop leaders who are committed to regenerating our planet.

We know regenerating our planet is really going to take something, so, in late 2020 we expanded our scope and formed the Institute of Regenerative Leadership. Now, everything we do is part of a much “bigger conversation.”

Our aim is to support individuals and organisations to regenerate their leadership development to have a positive global impact and create a simpler, cleaner and healthier world. A thriving world!

The time is now. The world can’t afford for us to wait.

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Let’s have a conversation about how we can help you and your organisation to thrive!

Who We Are

Barb Howard
Barb Howard
Co-founding director of the Institute of Regenerative Leadership and Be Exceptional Consulting and Coaching.
Bernard Callus
Bernard Callus
Co-founding director of the Institute of Regenerative Leadership and Be Exceptional Consulting and Coaching.


A thriving world.


To develop people to regenerate planet Earth.


We provide leadership development programs that alter your perception of your reality and unleash your potential, transforming your aspirations into positive global impact.

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“Bernard’s coaching supported me to clarify the direction of my leadership development, conquer my struggle with goal setting and allowed me to regain my power over my own success. Bernard asked direct questions that needed to be asked and that challenged my perspectives. I will return to my session notes time and time again and have no doubt they will continue to inspire me to be a better leader.”

Paula Johnston, Chief Financial Officer, Newcastle, NSW

“I have gained friends who, like me, are actively pursuing goals that add great value to the community. Knowing I have ongoing support and encouragement from inspirational people who are visionary, courageous and at the cutting edge empowers me immensely in my own pursuits to realise my vision.”

Craig Mathieson, Margaret River, WA

“Bernard’s coaching was insightful, supportive and at times confronting, which was just what I needed to continue my journey of personal and professional growth. While working with him, I was able to look more deeply at areas of my life where I was not performing or being fully authentic, and he empowered me to make some hard decisions aimed at moving things forward.”

Caroline New, Executive Leadership Coach, Sydney, NSW

“Barb is an insightful and masterful coach who can hold the space for a deep conversation. Working with Barb has allowed me to safely release trauma which helped me to transform an area of my life for good. Now I can move on and start a new phase of life with freedom and joy. I can highly recommend Barb as a coach.”

Jacqueline Hofste, Principle Leadership Coach, Sydney

“I engaged Barb in 2020 as a leadership coach to assist me with the new business direction to help women get a seat on a board. What’s great about Barb is her ability to listen deeply and hear what is not being said. She challenged me to lift my game to a whole new level. She’s smart, fast and she’s on my team. Highly recommend her as a partner to lift your game to the next level.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership & Confidence Coach, Melbourne

“Bernard provided me with coaching when I was setting up an architect office partnership with a senior mentor.  The office workload was increasing rapidly. Bernard’s coaching assisted me to expand our team from 2 – 4 architects, to improve office communication and to establish effective time structures contributing to the delivery of projects of high quality, within budget and on time.”

Ally Mackenzie, Architect, Northam, WA

“I engaged Bernard to coach me around the difficult aspects of my business that I would prefer to shove under the rug. One session at a time he was able to see where I was hesitating and honed in to recommend swift and clever action. It was action that made all the difference. Bernard has an insightful and creative thinking style. He asks really smart questions, the kind that challenge and get results with great clarity.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership and Confidence Coach, Melbourne, Victoria

“Working with Bernard I learnt to face up to my fears, building my confidence, commitment, courage, and purpose to step from the known into the less familiar. With Bernard’s coaching I developed my assertiveness and put in place new agreements with my husband that gave me time and space to pursue things that are important to me. This created a greater partnership with my husband as we move into our next phase of life.”

Katrina Butler, Teacher and Trainer, Perenjori, WA

“Before coaching with Bernard, I lacked the courage to ask the difficult questions in my personal and business life. I tended to avoid confrontation and I used to pretend I didn’t need the help, or I would ignore the issue and hope it would just go away. Bernard’s coaching supported me to develop my courage and assertiveness and crack through my numbness and fears. I’m now open to contribution from my business partners.”

Nathan Adams, Entrepreneur, Augusta, WA

“I have loved that our facilitator has been precise with the delivery… A program like this requires a ‘’real human’’ to deliver this. If one pretends their life is perfect, I think I would have seen this as fake and not learned as much as I have…my facilitator was open, honest and real.”

Robin Naylor, Williams, WA

“Bernard helped me grapple with everything from self-doubt to recreating my future direction. He brings his unique way of looking at the issue under discussion never failing to have the courage to speak his mind. This is something I find refreshing and very valuable when grappling with my own self-doubts and concerns.”

John Williams, Coach and Big Picture Thinker, Brisbane, QLD

“One of the most insightful courses I have ever done because it covered the professional and the personal. I would like to have ongoing stages of the Local Leadership Program to continue learning, growing, sharing and connecting with Australia and the world through networks.”

Dawn Thompson, Broome, WA

“In my personal capacity, it is with confidence that I highly recommend Barb and Bernard. Thank you Barb, for helping me step into my authentic style of gentle leadership from which I can more powerfully bring societal, environmental and economic healing to our world.”

Fiona West, Shire of Broome Councillor
“Late in 2020, we participated in the leadership development program offered by the Institute of Regenerative Leadership. Since then I have worked with Barb and this has given me the confidence I needed to move forward. Barb’s guidance has helped me clear the blockages as they have come up and kept me moving forward toward what I am committed to.”

Rod Butler, Regenerative Farmer
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