Q&A with Clementine Lewis
1. What’s your favourite way to answer the question ‘what do you do?’
I’m a consultant at a management consultancy that draws on knowledge and theory from both psychology and elite sport to make a positive difference to people's working lives. I help people to develop their skills and find enjoyment in what they do.
2. What is your approach to finding a work-life balance?
I have incredible friends and family, loyal relationships are the most important thing to me when it comes to work life balance. I also stay on top of my fitness by making sure I shoot a ball through a hoop at least once a week. The fact I love my job doesn’t hurt either!
3. Describe in three words what makes a good leader
Emotional intelligence, charisma and integrity
4. If you could remote-work from any country in the world, where would it be?
The United States, I’ve always loved America and it would be nice not to stay up until 2am just to watch my favorite sport live on TV.
5. Which culture, philosophy, or way of life - that is different to yours - do you most admire?
I actually admire the way the military operates, most branches consider their way of life wildly different to civilian life. While the authoritarian hierarchy doesn’t much appeal to me, I really admire the brotherhood / sisterhood and loyalty, the fact that any one of them would lay down their life for the life of a friend is incredibly inspiring.
6. Who was your favourite teacher, role model or mentor when growing-up?
My mum taught me true resilience, she always pushed me to be strong in the face of adversity. She encouraged me to overcome my arthritis and be the best athlete I could be and she made sure I put my education first and was always ambitious in the pursuit of knowledge.
7. What, or who, was your biggest inspiration when choosing your career route?
My first ever basketball coach was the person who initially got me thinking about the association between psychology and optimum performance. My A level psychology teachers (Salma Khanam and Carlie Thomas) then drove my curiosity of Psychology. Sadly Occupational Psychology is not a widely talked about or well-known career so I had to establish my own path to get to this point on my journey, hopefully I can inspire others towards this career path in future.
8. Which area of your consulting work do you find the most interesting, and why?
My job is really varied, and I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to try my hand at lots of different bits of consulting. What I really enjoy is collecting data, using that data to tell a story and helping people to implement change and become more self aware as a result of that data. We do this doing our ‘culture captures’ and off the back of all of Lane4’s diagnostics.
9. What are the top 3 personal skills that leaders need to possess, or develop, to lead their organisation into the future?
Open mindedness, competitiveness (in the right way) and the ability to inspire others.
10. If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self advice, what would it be?
“You don’t need to be the best at everything, just make sure that everyday you’re better than you were yesterday. Also keep supporting Miami Heat, you’ll get Lebron James in 2012.”
11. What’s the number one thing you want to accomplish during your time on Earth?
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