Peter Jarrett

With a solid commercial background and great people skills, Peter joined Business Aspect’s team to head up operations nationally. From ancient proverbs to the latest business books, Peter is open to learning and applying ideas to help himself and those around him evolve and grow. Spend 2 minutes with Peter:

Something I said I’d never do but did anyway:
Ride a motorcycle – as my dad came off his when he was a young lad.  Despite my own best advice, I rode a moped around Hawaii a few years ago. Without a helmet at 50 miles an hour it got a bit hairy around a few parts of Oahu!

Who would play you in a film of your life?
Hmm – Matt Damon perhaps? He’s done some pretty cool movies – Elysium, etc. Maybe we could swap for a while - how great would it be pretending to be Jason Bourne!

The book currently on my bedside table is:
The Lean Start-up. I am keen on learning and applying some lean thinking to systems and processes. I recently read The Phoenix Project around DevOps and that’s a must read for anyone who works in enterprise IT.

Your favourite quote:
I have two sayings that have been guiding lights for me in leading teams over the years. The first reminds me that great leadership is about inspiring the best in the people around you: 
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu

And the second is an old Chinese proverb which articulates why it’s important to invest in building great teams:
If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”

The best advice I’ve ever been given was:
Focus on the things that matter. I love the rocks, pebbles, sand analogy of time management (and it proves that there is always space for a beer!)  

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