1. What surprised you most about Lane4?
When I first joined I was blown away with the level of trust and confidence placed in me so quickly. On my first week I was asked to do a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) team session for Lucozade Sport that Friday. Within a few months I was at a pitch with Adrian Moorhouse himself. Most places you have to prove yourself for ages before people take any risks with you like that. But this is one of the great things about Lane4. It is an organisation that stretches people and believes in their potential.
2. What is it about your job that makes you get out of bed in the morning?
Knowing that when I walk into the office in the morning, I’ll be having conversations with people who care, think intelligently, share my values and are passionate about what they do.
3. What one thing do you wish you had known at the start of your career?
Nothing is ever “off the record”!
4. If you could put one message up on a billboard for millions of people to see, what would it be?
I love the quote from Mutiny on the Bounty “Either you eat life, or life eats you!”
5. What’s the biggest challenge you have overcome in your career?
I worked for a consultancy that was in decline. Keeping my head above water when there was increasing internal competition and open rivalry for fewer and fewer opportunities. It was a damaging culture and eventually I had to leave. It took a while to regain the faith.
6. What has been the highlight of your consulting career at Lane4 so far, and why?
There have been many. Hearing the video testimonies of the people who attended the 5-day Jaguar Land Rover Emerging Leaders programme that I designed and led was a highlight. There were many comments from delegates that it had been life changing.
7. Can you tell me about a specific time when someone made a real difference to your working life?
Recently I got a card and present from my direct reports thanking me for all I’d done for them as a manager and saying that they’d loved it. This meant a lot to me as I believe very strongly that our role as managers is to help those we manage to thrive and I try to make that a priority. It was really great to be appreciated by them.
8. What is the one skill you think employees need to thrive in the future of work?
Prioritising wisely. No-one ever gets to the end of their to do list!
9. What is the one skill you think team leaders need to instil in their employees for success?
Be patient and tolerant of others.
10. What one habit have you implemented which has had the biggest impact on your daily life?
Drinking more water each day and breathing correctly!