21 Sep 2022
How long have you worked for Oliver Wight Asia Pacific?
The first spell was for a little over six years with an eight-year hiatus. This stint is rapidly approaching nine years, and hopefully with many more to come.
What’s your background?
A professional sporting career in squash was cut short by ongoing injuries, but a friend then opened the door to a 15-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. The last 23 years has been primarily in consulting, but along the way also included a couple of start-up businesses that are still running today. Every step has provided a new perspective and enormous learning opportunities.
What does your day-to-day job involve?
Communicating, educating, and influencing – a busy schedule of working with clients to re-shape the way they think about work and to create a collective mind-set to win in the marketplace.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Being the catalyst and closely involved in people’s personal development and watching them transform their businesses in to winning and high-performance organizations.
What’s your idea of a utopian workplace?
The analogy that readily springs to mind is the mechanical and ingrained discipline of the All Blacks rugby team, or any high-performing sporting team for that matter. The All Blacks don’t win every game they play, but their ability to re-organise and bounce back, seems to be routine, and the respect they show for not only their team mates, but their opponents is a key characteristic.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Focused, disciplined, humorous.
What is your favourite saying?
There is only one thing we do in life, and that is influence behaviour, and once that is understood, we need to do it with integrity.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I looked after my first-born daughter for her first two years and continued playing competitively.
Who is your idol?
Hugh Mackay – psychologist, sociologist, and social researcher, who could turn market research and observations of people’s behaviour into insights about ourselves, our fears, and our aspirations.
What’s your biggest achievement?
There’s lots I’d like to think of as big achievements, but I would like to think my best is still to come.
We’re off to the pub- what’s your order?
A glass of well-matured Shiraz and a bucket of chips with salad.