Excelling at networking is essential to grow your function and broaden and advance your role. However, failure to forge close relationships and partnerships constitutes one of the most common career mistakes that communicators make.
I have been lucky in life, I think. I left school at 16 years old for an engineering apprenticeship the Royal Navy. Twenty-eight years later, after many adventures (and just a few conflicts), I decided to resign my commission.
Most people know me a communications professional, which is true. But beyond that, I have a private passion which helps me at work and at home.
Dressage! Yes, the sport where horses prance around in circles. I love Eddie Izzard’s take on it: “Highly trained riders, highly trained horses: it’s brilliant – but completely useless…unless you want to park your horse in a cupboard!”
My first ride on a motorbike was at the age of 14 on a 125cc bike. As with many other teenagers in India, my passion for motor sports was embraced early in my teens.
In 2008 I joined a large environmental NGO with a vision of a green and peaceful future. It revitalised my connection with nature and rekindled my interest in spiritualism. I was brought up atheist and belief in the divine was thought nonsense.
When did you take up swimming?
What ignited your passion for tango?
When and why did you move to Japan? 25 years ago. I saw the Kurosawa movie Ran on a big movie theatre screen and was blown away by the cinematography. I decided I had to see the landscape with my own eyes.
Like most boys, I played soldiers when I was a kid, making my own assault rifle or sword from wooden pieces and some rope.