Q&A with Jeremy Lowen
1. What motivates you?
Making a positive difference to something or someone.
2. How do you handle pressure?
Firstly, I try to recognise it in myself. Usually it comes in the form of butterflies or anxiety ahead of a pressure moment. But it could also be felt in other ways; a lack of sleep, poor diet and exercise are often signs. Then I’ll attempt to reframe the situation by trying to see the opportunity that exists. Pressure is felt when you are stretching yourself, it’s a bi-product of you becoming your best... reminding myself of this gets me excited - not nervous.
3. What will change most about the world of work in the next few years?
It’s easy to say ‘technology’ here, but I don’t think that technology itself will the biggest change. Instead, I think it will be the impact of technology on people; our expectations, how we innovate, how we learn, how we connect with colleagues. We are already seeing a shift toward virtual learning and remote working. I can see this accelerating even more in coming years.
4. What’s your defining career moment so far?
Designing, leading and launching a global leadership development programme for one of our clients.
5. What book, film or tv show has really changed the way you thought about something?
The first half of ‘Bounce’ by Matthew Syed shifted my whole belief about what it takes to be an expert. It gave me a massive sense of control and it’s something I try to instill in others. It’s a must read!
6.What’s your favourite sport to business lesson or story?
The America’s cup team comeback in 2013. In the series of sailing races, Oracle Team USA were 8-1 down against New Zealand (the first team to 9 wins). Team USA fought back with 8 consecutive wins, following the inclusion of Ben Ainsley as tactician. Whilst trailing 8-1, the skipper said he believed they could still win. It’s an amazing example of resilience, collective belief and an amazing team performance.
7. What makes you proud?
When someone achieves something they never thought they could. The delight you see in someone when they improve at something, or realise something that helps them.
8. What makes you angry?
Selfishness, a fixed mindset or stubbornness.
9. Which leader do you most admire most and why?
Any leader who inspires, role models and makes the right decisions despite the complexity and pressure of senior leadership. Lane4’s MD, Adrian Moorhouse, is probably the best example I have seen of this (but don’t tell him I said that).
10.What are your best and worst characteristics?
Best - being agile to change. Worst - indecision.
11. What would you like to learn and why?
Windsurfing - connects to my passion for sailing; the thing that got me into the development world to start with... plus it’s an amazing sport.
12. If you could choose anybody, who would you be for a day?
One of my mates or one of my delegates... just to see what I’m like from the outside!
13. Who would you like to invite for a dinner party, living or dead?
Will Smith, Winston Churchill, Pete Doherty, Usain Bolt, Roger Bannister, Kurt Kobain, the entire 2003 English Rugby Team, Ben Ainsley, Ricky Gervais and all of my mates. Not so much a ‘dinner’ party as a party party...
14. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Do the legwork early” - my old hockey coach. “The answer’s in the question” - my Dad.
15. What would your motto be (if you haven’t already got one)?
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t - you’re right” Henry Ford. or “Sperate Parati” (Go Forward with Preparation, my school motto)
16. What personal value would you never compromise?