Q&A with Clare Radford
1. What’s your favourite way to answer the question ‘what do you do?’
I help organisations and individuals to be at their very best.
2. What is your approach to finding a work-life balance?
I am still figuring this out having recently returned from maternity leave but I think it’s a matter of setting boundaries for yourself and sticking to them.
3. Describe in three words what makes a good leader.
Listens. Reflects. Learns.
4. If you could remote-work from any country in the world, where would it be?
Italy – they have wine and pizza; need I say more?
5. Who was your favourite teacher, role model or mentor when growing-up?
In nursery we had a teacher who rode a motorcycle and dyed her hair pink. I thought she was so cool and didn’t care what others thought - I always wanted to be like her and have dyed my hair pink a few times but never rode a motorcycle. That might be one for the bucket list!
6. What, or who, was your biggest inspiration when choosing your career route?
My university lecturer, during my undergraduate degree. I was interested in Forensic Psychology, and he agreed it is a really interesting route to go down but, he explained that occupational psychology meant that you could have a positive impact on far more people – and that really appealed to me.
7. Which area of your consulting work do you find the most interesting, and why?
I love working with organisations to help them assess the talent they have - they are almost always pleasantly surprised at the unidentified talented individuals in their organisations who just need the right sort of support to achieve their full potential.
8. What are the top 3 personal skills that leaders need to possess, or develop, to lead their organisation into the future?
A learning mindset, great listening skills, an ability to connect with others on an emotional level.
9. If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self-advice, what would it be?
Stop caring so much what others think!
10. If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed three items, what would they be and why?
The Lord Of The Rings trilogy - it’s my favourite book and would last a good while! A good bottle of red wine, and a mobile phone – to ensure I do get rescued…at some point!
11. What’s the number one thing you want to accomplish during your time on Earth?
Leave it in a better state (no matter how big or small) than when I arrived.