Q&A with Nic Brocklebank
1. What’s your favourite way to answer the question ‘what do you do?’
I’m a gardener and an architect…for people and organisations.
2. What is your approach to finding a work-life balance?
To keep listening out for our clients’ solutions, as their ingenuity in solving conundrums is inspiring and hugely useful. Examples have included starting a choir at work, using ‘walking’ meetings and taking CSR days to invest in the local community.
3. Describe in three words what makes a good leader
Galvanizing human spirit.
4. If you could remote-work from any country in the world, where would it be?
I would work in New Zealand as I’d love the chance to experience first-hand how a country can create such an impressive sustainable performance culture, maintain deep traditions and make the most of their beautiful natural resources.
5. Which culture, philosophy, or way of life - that is different to yours - do you most admire?
The Buddhist tradition of quietening the inner mind and body – largely because I find this so challenging!
6. Who was your favourite teacher, role model or mentor when growing-up?
John Newmark – a teacher in my middle school who taught English and Geography. He was beautifully eccentric, hugely involved in the World Wildlife Fund and introduced me to the magical art of storytelling. He was the archetypal role model through his inspiration and patience.
7. What, or who, was your biggest inspiration when choosing your career route?
There have been plenty of people that have officially or unofficially influenced my career choices over the years. A previous line manager, the MD of the company, probably had the biggest impact through his absolute commitment and energy for transforming people’s lives – an incredible role model. Thank you, Simon!
8. Which area of your consulting work do you find the most interesting, and why?
Wow, these questions are hard! I find it all fascinating – identifying what motivates, what brings about change, what gets in the way and then putting plans together in partnership with the client to knit all these things together.
9. If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self advice, what would it be?
Get more involved in life…specifically dance, volunteer and fail more.
10. If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed three items, what would they be and why?
I get quite competitive with myself with these types of questions. So, after much soul-searching, I would like to take a solar-powered radio (for music and news), a big knife (for the survival thing) and an expedition-type sleeping bag (for warmth and comfort).
11. What’s the number one thing you want to accomplish during your time on Earth?
‘He made people think.’