This is the link to find out what personality type you are. Try it - based on Jung, and then Myers & Briggs developed the process. It is both fun and fascinating. Bruce Lewin and 4 Groups have done their thing with me too. Fascinating stuff, and very accurate too, even the bits that I would like to (will) change.
A brief bio
I started out as an accountant and took 12 years to discover that I enjoyed new ideas and selling them much more than keeping score. So I changed career - happiness ensued.
Along the way, I have worked in interesting places with very clever people who taught me valuable lessons, some of which I learnt and managed to practice a bit! I am fortunate in that many of them still continue to help me and this is a major source of my hope, joy and education. However, walking youngest son Toby to school in the morning is also a job that is great fun too. Toby is 7. He knows everyone in the village and everyone knows him, so the short walk takes a long time. We have been making this walk for 6 years now, first with his older brother, and now just him.
I am interested in technology as a business facilitator and for solving problems, people who have new ideas who want to make it happen, and then helping them do so. I enjoy learning about new ways and new things that are completely outside my day-to-day life. I am a fanatic rugby follower (WASPS) now that I am finally too old and decrepit to play. I stay fit by looking after a garden that has an ambition to be a jungle and renovating a house that does not deserve either the investment or the love. 4 boys and a very capable wife ensure that I understand where my priorities lie and where my abilities are best focused.
I believe that if you want it bad enough you will get it - but beware, there are costs. So be sure you, and those you love, are prepared to pay the price that is required in order for you to achieve your goal.
I have met some great people through Ecademy who I hope I have helped a bit and who have most definitely helped me.
So what do you want to do; how can I help? If I can't help, I might know someone who can. Drop me an e-mail or give me a call.
Now here is the 'ad break'.
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