Who do you most admire and why?
The person I admire the most was my grandfather, Richard White Snr. He was a caring mentor who gave me my start in business and taught me how to manage people and money.
How do you improve your own skills?
I read a lot of eclectic stuff – systems thinking, behavioural psych, etc. I also have a number of chief executives that I talk to and a mentor or two that I can refer thoughts, problems and ideas to. No man is an island and no one has the entire answer.
What’s your top timesaving tip?
Limit your meetings with outside parties and give yourself enough time to do your own job. My focus is on the future of the business and how to create breakthrough innovation. Everything else is secondary to building the future.
What’s your favourite gadget?
OK, I am officially a nerd I guess. The gadget is my James Tyler Variax JTV69US Guitar, it’s a perfect fusion of music and technology.
Where do you do your best thinking?
I have these quite vivid “lucid dreams” that allow me to run up mad ideas. I also use “Theory of Constraints’ thinking processes [from the 1984 management book by Eliyahu Goldratt, The Goal] which is a way of making breakthroughs to solve
business problems or move things forward rapidly.