1. What motivates you?
Setting out to achieve meaningful ambitions and feeling as though I’m mastering (or at least trying to!) what I’m doing
2. How do you handle pressure?
My main aim is to try and keep perspective: pressure is subjective and often I can be my own worst enemies in over thinking things. Sounds simple now but a product of both success and setback experiences (particularly sporting) when I didn’t / couldn’t do this.
Exercise is a great outlet for me as well as making sure I have other appropriate supports arounds me (spending quality time with family / friends) to help me recharge and maintain perspective. Beyond this, ensuring I’ve done the preparation I know I need, gives me confidence that I’m able to meet the demands being placed on me.
3. What will change most about the world of work in the next few years?
Continuing advance of technology and its even deeper integration within work
4. What’s your defining career moment so far?
Having retired from elite level sport whilst juggling a not so meaningful job in financial services, starting with Lane4 in 2006 has and continues to be defining for me. Its allowed me to bring the best of me (experience, values and interests) and keep developing this. Nearly 13 years on, I’ve had some brilliant high points working with individuals and teams as a coach / facilitator and over the last few years, leading large, global scale pieces of work
5. What book, film or tv show has really changed the way you thought about something?
Can’t pinpoint one. Since I was young I’ve always wanted to watch and analyse individuals who are outstanding in their field to work out what underpins their success and how I can use and replicate this. Whilst this might have started trying to copy rugby moves in the garden as a child, I think the essence of this is still in me.
6. What’s your favorite sport to business lesson or story?
Again can’t pick just one. In my experience, I think the sporting metaphor can be incredibly powerful as a language for thinking about and exploring performance whether at individual, team or organisational level. I’m definitely not saying it’s a panacea, but I love it’s ability to generate insight when done with skill and rigour.
7. What makes you proud?
Most proud of seeing how my 4 year old daughter has grown and developed into a confident, curious and caring little person. A life’s work for my wife and I to help this continue!
8. What makes you angry?
9. Which leader do you most admire most and why?
Again, I can’t pick just one! I know I pick things from a range of people: my dad, specific coaches, particular Lane4 leaders etc. Boiling down the things in them that I admire most: passion, enthusiasm, sense of care and fun, a focus on people, the ability to anticipate and plan for the future, appropriate ego
10. What are your best and worst characteristics?
My wife and family will have views on this! Inevitably I’d say strengths I have also have a shadow side if overplayed. As a reflector I think I can sometimes appear indecisive as I process what I think should happen next (see some previous answers!). I hope others would say I demonstrate some of the characteristics in the previous question as a person or as a leader
11. What would you like to learn and why?
Whilst inevitably sounds a bit of a ‘fluffy’ answer, my genuine hope is to keep understanding how best to fulfill things important to me outside of work (being a dad, husband etc) alongside achieving what I want to in a work context.
12. If you could choose anybody, who would you be for a day?
Whilst I can’t play a musical instrument, I’d love to experience being a music artist headlining a massive gig. To have the experience of ‘my music’ creating all the emotions the best music can in an audience and feeling the reaction would be fantastic.
13. Who would you like to invite for a dinner party, living or dead?
James Corden: comedy value and karaoke starter
Dave Grohl: insight into rock star experiences!
Sir Roger Bannister
Leonardo Da Vinci
Michael Parkinson: expert host for the conversation
14. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Work out how you can best apply your strengths to a situation
15. What would your motto be (if you haven’t already got one)?
Consistently pursue what gives you the most fulfillment
16. What personal value would you never compromise?
Care (in the context both as shown to others and also in demonstrating working to apply yourself)