Susan Basterfield

Catalyst, Seeker of Connection and Experience, Insatiable Learner

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

On more than one occasion, saying ‘Enough’.  When you start to feel a little bit of your soul dying every morning when you walk into the office, just say ‘enough’.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t have another job to go to, or frankly any idea of what comes next.  You are worth more, and life is too short to spend it with people or in organisations that will never ‘get you’.

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

Since I was six! I have always felt different, no one could ever quite put me into a box.  I’m quite comfortable in many roles, and in my younger years was quite happy wearing many different masks.  Now the masks are off, but I’ve yet to find a box to contain me!

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

You don’t have to be good at everything.  That person next to you is REALLY good at the thing you don’t enjoy.  We all have our own gifts to express, so don’t be selfish!  Every time you do something for efficiency sake or because you think it’s easier if you just do it, you are taking away the other persons opportunity to grow and shine.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

My interrogation techniques 🙂

What’s your favorite question?

Can you give me an example of that?

What one clue tells you you’re effecting positive change?

Smiles.  Energy.  Questions.

What do you think it’s most important for people to understand about rebels?

We have strong principles that are loosely held.  The way we express our opinions sometimes comes across as ‘know it all’, because of our passion.  Please know that our opinions are malleable – and always open to challenge and change.

What’s your one word piece of advice for rebels?


What’s your one word piece of advice for non-rebels?


Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Oh don’t get me started…..but, everywhere.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Helen Clark

What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

That’s just the way it is.