What was your first job?
When I was 10, I used to sell mushrooms by the road and water vineyards in Margaret River. When I was 12, I used to rent out video game machines at school.
My first job “working for the man” (when I was 14) was pumping petrol and selling oil at the local service station. It wouldn’t be a legal job nowadays.
How much time do you spend at your desk?
About an hour or two a day, more when a large contract is being negotiated.
Where do you do your best thinking?
At my desk.
How do spend your downtime?
I am a volunteer surf lifesaver. I spend my downtime at the weekends driving a duck (an inflatable life-saver boat) around Bondi Beach. It’s a great way to stay “in the moment” – and to rescue Irish tourists from the surf.
How do you improve your skills?
While Flipboard, Twitter and LinkedIn provide a constant stream of new insights, I read the Verne Harnish growth guy blogs every week, as they provide a great reminder of the discipline needed to run a business.
What’s your top timesaving tip?
Control the email by keeping the inbox empty.
What is your worst habit?
Being repetitive, saying the same thing again, and again, and again…