Every week we shine the spotlight on a leader in Dorset and ask them for answers to our half-fun/half-serious quiz. This time…
Her favorite smell – and food – is curry; he would like to share a car with Sir Alex Ferguson and gets angry at people who don’t keep their commitments and take responsibility.
Gary Hales, Performance Coach, ActionCOACHtakes the ‘hot seat’ for our popular 20 questions.
Question: What is your favorite TV show?
Answer: I love science fiction, so Star Wars and Star Trek are must-haves for me. I also enjoyed the American drama series The Sopranos (from a few years ago), Peaky Blinders and the Ray Donovan drama series.
Q: Who would you like to share a car with?
A: Sir Alex Ferguson. As a Man United fan (and Bournemouth fan!), I’d love to hear his secrets on how he handled such a wide range of characters over his long career.
Q: The best part of my job is…?
A: Watching the enthusiasm of business owners as they begin to see the improvements and success in their business that they have been looking for.
Q: And the worst?
A: There’s nothing I don’t like about my job. The hard parts are the challenge and the learning opportunities for me.
Q: Who was your childhood hero?
A: As a football fan, it has to be Bryan Robson.
Q: What is your favorite smell?
Q: Where is your favorite place in Dorset?
A: Southbourne Beach, where we like to walk our dog.
Q: What advice would you give to someone starting a career?
A: Try different jobs and roles. Follow where your heart leads you and don’t be afraid to fail. Treat everything as a learning experience. The only failure is the lack of participation.
Q: What was your first record/CD?
A: ‘Antmusic’ from Adam and the Ants.
Q: What makes you angry?
A: People who do not respect their commitments and who do not take their responsibilities.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece of music?
A: To motivate me, it’s the opening of Thunderstruck by AC/DC.
Q: What qualities do you look for in a new employee?
A: Honesty and a desire to learn.
Q: What is your favorite food or dish?
A: Curry definitely, and quite spicy!
Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?
A: Sponge and custard pudding, a very comforting pudding for winter.
Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?
A: Proximity to the beach and countryside provides plenty of options to take the dog for a walk or run.
Q: If you were Prime Minister of the day, what would be the first thing you would do?
A: Given what is happening right now, resign and have the Chancellor of the Exchequer follow me to the door!
Q: What is your biggest frustration?
A: Waiting in line, I’m quite impatient.
Q: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
A: I’m lucky to have lived in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean, but my favorite place is Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: We certainly continue to coach and help people improve their performance and grow their business; but probably more of a digital nomad who travels and coaches people online.
Q: What would you like to be remembered for?
A: Helping people make the change they needed and achieve what they wanted from their business. I strongly believe in “Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime”.