Q&A with Jeremy Lowen
1. What’s your favourite way to answer the question ‘what do you do?’
I help develop people.
2. What is your approach to finding a work-life balance?
It’s easier said than done, but I find if you truly enjoy your work then ‘finding a balance’ will come more naturally. But we all have bad days, or things we don’t always enjoy doing. I try and remind myself that getting the balance right will make me more effective in work, and happier in life.
3. Describe in three words what makes a good leader.
Understanding your people.
4. If you could remote-work from any country in the world, where would it be? [and why?]
Oh wow, what a question. I’d love to live in New Zealand. It’s such a beautiful country and it has everything, mountains, beaches, culture, cities, history and lots of sport! Everyone is so welcoming and relaxed, which is infectious.
5. Which culture, philosophy, or way of life - that is different to yours - do you most admire? [and why?]
Civilizations that have no access to phones, internet, tablets or computers. It’s incredible to see the joy and simplicity of life without social media, instant notifications and reliance on technology. A great demonstration of how fulfilment doesn’t come from material possessions.
6. Who was your favourite teacher, role model or mentor when growing-up? [and why?]
Mr McGinty, who helped me discover my love for the practical application of human psychology. The way he taught was inspiring, fun, and very clear – I learnt as much about how to present and coach as I did about Psychology.
7. What, or who, was your biggest inspiration when choosing your career route?
My first manager at Lane4 (she knows who she is!), truly believed that I would be a great consultant. Her belief in me focused and accelerated my career.
8. Which area of your consulting work do you find the most interesting, and why?
Leading programmes of development and being involved in the strategic decisions; influencing the delegate experience and business impact across a large scale.
9. What are the top 3 personal skills that leaders need to possess, or develop, to lead their organisation into the future?
Adaptability (an ability to change to meet the needs of the context or environment), Humility (to be realistic about what you know and what you don’t) and Storytelling (to engage the organization in the future).
10. If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self advice, what would it be?
You can do anything if you try hard enough.
11. If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed three items, what would they be and why?
A fishing rod, a lighter and a Spirit 54 Cruising Yacht (you know, the one in James Bond).
12. What’s the number one thing you want to accomplish during your time on Earth?
To leave happy memories.