Chances are, you won’t have captained an Airbus A380.
Or played rugby in a Grand Slam winning England team and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions.
But don’t beat yourself up - only one person has ever done both.
As a result, Tony has a unique perspective on life and leadership.
In a sporting career that embraced 27 England caps, a notorious 1995 Rugby World Cup encounter with the All Blacks, and bruising Lions tours of South Africa and New Zealand, he leveraged the psychology of winning to scale breath-taking heights and endure agonising injury-induced depths.
More recently, as a Captain of the world’s biggest airliner his success stemmed from forensic attention to detail, crystal-clear communication and a knack for staying cool and calm under considerable pressure in an environment where the cost of getting teamwork wrong, is human life.
Being born in Malaysia and bred in the north of England means he has a passion for Yorkshire pud and barbecue pork - though ideally not together.
Despite being exposed to the need for high performance teamwork in the unforgiving environments of international sport and aviation, both were a breeze compared to functioning successfully in home environments packed with strong, resourceful women!
In spite of emerging from his brother’s shadow, he never made it out of that of his infamous Mum! Add to this his ever-present, quiet but so so strong wife Heidi; who's been by his side since they were 16, two truly amazing and independent daughters - and a pair of devoted dogs, it's easy to see how humility, emotional intelligence and an understanding that nothing less than five ears and one mouth, will do!
For Tony, success stems from clarity of communication and an understanding that that eternally elusive currency of optimism and trust only comes from a culture of compassion and true interest in an entire team's collective well being. High performance through highly functioning relationships at home and at work, must be the goal.
A former combat pilot and accomplished ocean yacht master, Grogs harnesses the power of Human Factors to bring a dynamic approach to motivation and leadership development.
Incremental improvement to people, projects and organisations isn't always about mending something that's broken. It's more often about marginal gain. Going from good to exceptional.
As one of the architects and pioneers of personal and professional development programmes across major airlines, Grogs' work focuses on developing emotional connections to goals, and using language to change lives and identify negative patterns that hold us back.
At his most content when battling against the elements at the helm of racing yachts, he understands that patience, tenacity and a willingness to prevail are each as big a part of success as the boats and businesses that carry individuals and teams towards their goals.
He often uses the ocean as a backdrop to his leadership training and team building projects; using the rigours of sailing to show that even the greatest strategy won’t succeed without the right mindset to implement it.
Ask him what he does, and Paul will tell you he’s a journalist. But that’s only because the rest won’t fit on a business card.
Born in Gateshead in the UK’s vibrant northeast, he was parceled off to boarding school in Edinburgh. He left Fettes College after Tony Blair but before Tilda Swinton, and neatly sidestepped university to become a newspaper reporter. While his mates were hanging out in clubs and pubs, he spent 10 years writing about conflict and crime.
Fed up of thick ears in back alleys, he spotted a gap in the communications game and launched an awareness and leadership development consultancy. The growth of Paul Sowerby Associates won him the Outstanding British Businessman award.
In May 2005 he cashed-in his chips and headed with Sowerby Inc to Perth in Australia for a gap year. Eleven gaps and seven assignments later, mining giant Caterpillar asked him to move to Dubai to mastermind the international growth of its construction equipment division.
In 2015, he was relocated back to the UK to help grow a family-owned building products business. When he arrived it had 46 trade centres. When he left to set up Wordplay in mid-2020 it had 95, three factories, 100 trucks and 1000 staff.
Along the way, he's played rugby for Scotland youth (although he tends to talk less about it now that Tony's on board!), lived with Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, and was among the first journalists in the world to find out that the Yorkshire Ripper had been caught. Oh, and his uncle Tony was Mr Universe.
But everything changed again for Paul when he died at the end of a squash match in 2020. Since doing so - and then staying dead for 22 minutes, his miraculous rate of recovery has defied science and beaten all the odds. The colossal physical, mental and emotional journey back has given him a fascinating outlook and earned him a frequent slot as a resilience correspondent and commentator. It's also made him realise that first and foremost, he's a writer.