Biz Extra

Published: August 6, 2020 | Updated: October 22, 2020

“I’ve never been an out and out salesperson, so I find cold contacting very uncomfortable”

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

His childhood hero was Roy of the Rovers, he gets angry at a break of trust and people who moan, goes for steamed sponge every time over melon and is frustrated that he can’t currently hug friends and family. 

David McDonald, Vistage Group Chair and Executive Coach, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Inside Number 9. Wonderful combination of quirkiness, macabre, dark humour AND it makes you think.

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Depends on the length of the journey. I’d like to understand what powers the genius of Elon Musk and the philanthropy behind Bill Gates but I’m not sure I could last a long journey with them. So probably Nelson Mandela for inspiration, Mother Theresa for spiritual uplifting and Tom Hanks for some great funny stories.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: That within my peer groups, I get to see, hear and feel first hand just how much people are willing to learn from and support each other.

Q: And the worst…?

A: I’ve never been an out and out salesperson, so I find cold contacting very uncomfortable – even more so when I am ‘ghosted’!

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Roy of the Rovers.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: The smell of a forest just after a downpour.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Southbourne – great community, high street and beach.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Your working life will take many different courses…so, as you start your journey, don’t sweat too much about your ultimate destination. Instead, focus on building the tools and knowledge that you will need, thrive in the uncertainty, have fun, and to thine own self be true at ALL times.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: I was a big Monty Python fan so my first LP that I can remember buying was ‘Live at Drury Lane’.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: A break of trust – and people who never miss an opportunity to moan!

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Tricky one because I have an eclectic musical taste. Anything by Genesis or Sufjan Stevens.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: Authenticity, desire to learn, willing to challenge, willing to work hard and knows their limits, team player and wants to have some fun.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Steak, chips, mushrooms, peppercorn sauce with a nice Lebanese red wine.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Steamed sponge pudding every time.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: The outstanding and accessible natural beauty that is all around us.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: The top 10% of people in the UK hold 45% of the UK’s wealth. The world’s 2,153 billionaires have as much wealth as 4.6bn people (60% of the world’s population). This doesn’t feel right nor sustainable.  I would start the process of wealth distribution – the first step being a wealth tax, the proceeds of which to be directed at front line care.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: At the moment, not being able to hug friends and family and the lack of competitive rugby.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Best family holiday has been a Tanzanian tented safari, followed by chill time on a beach in Zanzibar.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: I am very jealous of the younger generation who seem to see a lot more of the world than I ever did.  So, in ten years’ time, I see Carla and I sitting somewhere warm, with a chilled glass of wine, overlooking a stunning view, reflecting on all of the great places we’ve visited over the last decade.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being a loving/caring father, husband and friend who made a real difference to the lives of others.