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The qualities I look for in a new employee? Focus, a mature outlook and enthusiasm...

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: February 11, 2021 | Updated: 12th February 2021

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 heroes were The Bionic Man and his Uncle, he’d like to share a car with Barack Obama and Donald Trump, gets angry at companies that are run without any scruples and looks for focus, a mature outlook and enthusiasm in a new employee.

Chris Palmer, Owner, AnyTech Solutions, and Trustee, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat. 

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Succession, Vikings, Ballers, Narcos – can’t possibly mention just one.

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

A: Barack Obama and Donald Trump together.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Seeing my team enjoying working together and getting results for our clients.

Q: And the worst…?

A: Clients that don’t appreciate what we do for them.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: The Bionic Man and my Uncle.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: A new-born’s breath (no, I don’t go around smelling the breath of other people’s babies!).

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Poole Bay.

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

A: Make a positive impact on everyone you meet and avoid the energy vampires.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: The Monster Mash by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Companies that are run without any scruples.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.

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

A: Focus, a mature outlook and enthusiasm.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Meat or fish, as fresh as possible.

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

A: Steamed pudding of course!

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

A: The fresh air and the sea, work would be no more a five hour a day commute.

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

A: Review the expenses system for MPs, review the school meals system and out of school support for children whom depend on the school meals.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Ignorance and the lack of empathy that I witness. Out of touch government.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: South of France.

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

A: Mars, hopefully…

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: The young lives I managed to change for the better.

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