Q&A with Dwight Lawrence
1. What motivates you?
Seeing my efforts contribute towards someone making a positive difference- whether at home, work, or in my community.
2. How do you handle pressure?
I try to limit pressure by bringing perspective, building trustworthy working relationships, having a close-knit support network, in addition to daily prayer/reflection.
3. What will change most about the world of work in the next few years?
- People being office based to anywhere based
- Acceleration away from email to collaboration tools
- Knowledge based systems to more systems that rely on adaptive learning
- A move from a few voices of influence to environments where expertise regardless of tenure/position is drawn upon
- More workforces comprising of multi-generational, varied socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. This will bring new challenges and opportunities to establishing effective working environments.
4. What’s your defining career moment so far?
Designing & Program Leading for Lane4 a highly rated, multi-year leadership development programme for a global technology business that ran across the US, Europe and Asia.
5. What book, film or tv show has really changed the way you thought about something?
Choosing 2- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey and Fearless by Max Lucado
6.What’s your favourite sport to business lesson or story?
The emergence of British Olympic Team GB squad providing great lessons around effective collaboration and leadership, marginal gains and rhythms/routines of a high-performance environment.
7. What makes you proud?
People doing the right thing particularly when facing opposition and hearing their stories of overcoming
8. What makes you angry?
Bullying - in the home, workplace and the community
9. Which leader do you most admire most and why?
Nelson Mandela - for his vision, courage, compassion, intelligence, resilience and his ability to create amazing followership.
10.What are your best and worst characteristics?
Best - Always looking for the possible, being perceptive about people.
Worst – Procrastination and a weakness for biscuits, particularly custard creams and chocolate hob nobs!
11. What would you like to learn and why?
Harmonica- have always loved the sound-would love to regularly jam with my musician friends and family
12. Who would you like to invite for a dinner party, living or dead
Barak and Michelle Obama -would want to find out more about their friendship with each other, drive and resilience, what they really thought about the Clintons ….and what little surprises they left for The Donald around the White House
13. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A wise friend told me to focus on who you want to be, not on what you may want to accumulate
14. What would your motto be (if you haven’t already got one)?
Live everyday full of purpose and perspective. My late father strove for that every day ……from his arrival from Jamaica on the Windrush through to a fulfilling career in the RAF.
15. What personal value would you never compromise?