Q&A with Elaine White
1. What motivates you?
Helping and making things better for people
2. How do you handle pressure?
Using support from friends and colleagues
3. What’s your defining career moment so far?
Hard to pick one – I’ve had a long, very varied and interesting career in the ‘people’ business
4. What book, film or tv show has really changed the way you thought about something?
The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck. It’s a description of the attributes that make for a fulfilled human being, based largely on his experiences as a psychiatrist and a person.
5. What’s your favourite sport to business lesson or story?
I’m not sporty but I remember Jimmy Connors on a chat show after he’d retired from competition saying that his current work as a coach to up-and-coming tennis players was for more satisfying to him than competing and winning in tournaments had ever been
6. What makes you proud?
Creating and sharing content/ tools/models that help very busy managers to lead better
8. What makes you angry?
Lack of tolerance and consideration for others. Packaging that’s impossible to open
9. Which leader do you most admire most and why?
I admire Adrian because he has stayed true to his principals of making people’s working lives better and models this in the way he leads the company. Lane4 is the first consultancy I’ve worked for that actually practices what it preaches.
10.What are your best and worst characteristics?
Best - Care and consideration for people.
Worst – Nit picking
11. What would you like to learn and why?
How to paint better because I’d like to paint my daughter’s portrait as my father did for me
12. If you could choose anybody, who would you be for a day?
A 5 year old
13. Who would you like to invite for a dinner party, living or dead?
Germaine Greer (Australian writer), Maya Angelou (American poet), Linda Smith (Comedian), Victoria Wood (Comedian) and The Queen
14. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
You always have a choice
15. What would your motto be (if you haven’t already got one)?
16. What personal value would you never compromise?
Loyalty to those I respect and care for