Get to know your Coach – Richard Mayson

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Richard is a highly skilled facilitator and coach, with expertise in commercial communication and influence skills as well as team development. He has broad experience within the financial services industry worldwide and has very pragmatic advice and skills coaching to help his clients adopt a structured approach to the planning and executing strategy.

Black Isle Director and Coach – Richard Mayson

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“You are a slave to all you have said, and master of all you have not”

 

Which book/film/event changed your life?

Event: Going to school in America when I was 16 for two years was a huge experience. Returning 10 years later for a reunion, I met my (future) wife. Things changed from that moment on.

Book: Tim Ferris 4 Hour Work Week.

 

Give one characteristic that you feel every leader should have?

Listening ability. If you haven’t got this then you’re insulated, you’re truth starved and probably intoxicated on your own rhetoric.

 

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

Not the biggest risk, but perhaps the most entertaining. At school in the US I was the only British person. One night before graduation, I took down the stars and stripes flag out the front of school and sent the Union Jack up the flagpole. Fortunately, they saw the funny side.

 

What is the most meaningful part of your job?

Simple. The privilege of helping people develop themselves.