Q&A with Daryl Seager
1. What motivates you?
Making others happy and making a positive difference in the lives of other people.
2. How do you handle pressure?
Sometimes well, sometimes badly; it depends on the pressure and my awareness of the situation. The more aware I am of my environment, the situation and the demands on me, then I tend to manage the pressure well. My main way is to be very focused on the task in hand and to be exacting about how it’s done, which can be effective, but also there can be a downside in terms of missing the bigger picture.
3. What will change most about the world of work in the next few years?
The digital revolution, which is already underway will impact the type of work we do and the way we work. I believe the greatest impact will be on how we interact with other human beings to build, grow and maintain our relationships as remote working, virtual working, job-sharing and multi-job working become the norm.
4. What’s your defining career moment so far?
I still see the design and delivery of a workshop on employee engagement as a highlight for me. It was less the design and more the fact that I delivered an 8 hour workshop in Russian, in Russia.
5. What book, film or tv show has really changed the way you thought about something?
‘Cowspiracy’ changed the way I looked at the food industry and my ability to selectively ignore the truth as it was convenient for me to do so.
6. What’s your favourite sport to business lesson or story?
Glenn Mills. Nobody really knows who he is. He was Usain Bolt’s running coach. He helped to make Usain Bolt the athlete and the legend that he became. However, for me it’s a reminder that most of the people who have the greatest impact on the successful athlete remain behind the scenes but the difference that they can make is huge.
7. What makes you proud?
Seeing those I know be successful and happy.
8. What makes you angry?
Those treating others badly. Injustice towards others.
9. Which leader do you most admire most and why?
Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) He’s just an awesome human being. He is a role model for a wide variety of people and goes above and beyond to show those around him how special they are. He knows that success is about nurturing and giving to others.
10.What are your best and worst characteristics?
I am caring, passionate and determined. However, I can be impatient and demanding as well.
11. What would you like to learn and why?
Sign language. I think there is a whole section of society that is closed off to me at the moment and I would love to be able to communicate with that community to allow me to be more inclusive.
12. If you could choose anybody, who would you be for a day?
I’d be the President of the USA to see how much positive impact on the world I could have in one day.
13. Who would you like to invite for a dinner party, living or dead?
I would invite Louisa May Alcott as ‘Little Women’ is one of my favourite books of all time. I would love to talk about the role of women in the 19th century as well as her interactions with other intellectuals of that era.
14. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The surest way to make yourself unhappy is to compare yourself to other people.
15. What would your motto be (if you haven’t already got one)?
Live, laugh, learn
16. What personal value would you never compromise?
Happiness. I have discovered that life is too short to be doing things, being in situations, being with people that impact your happiness.