For our latest staff profile, we interview our Managing Director, Kieran.
Name: Kieran James
Position: Managing Director
What do you do at Stryde?
Although my role is mainly a leadership role I spend a lot of time supporting the account management of customers and focusing on business development.
What relevant experience did you have before taking up this role?
I have worked at Sage (UK) Ltd as a trainer on accounts and payroll software, I also presented on pensions and automatic enrolment. From here I moved to a startup accounting software business where I set up a training department and managed the implementation process and training within accountancy firms.
What is your favourite Movie or TV show?
Hard question, I prefer films to TV shows as I like a conclusion! But I don’t have any particular favourites. I tend to watch a lot of post-apocalyptic/fantasy films that have an ‘epic’ feel to them and a happy ending.
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?
X-Ray Vision – So you know when to overtake lorries on country lanes. I get quite impatient driving behind slow moving vehicles so it would speed up those journeys that really drag.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love anything sporty, spending time with my family and I’m an avid reader, particular about mindsets and behaviours.
You have been asked to choose a country to spend six months in. Where would it be?
It would have to be New Zealand. A combination of swimming with wild dolphins, Skydiving over Queenstown, Snorkling in Bay of Islands, Ice Hiking on Franz Joseph, Canoeing through the Fjords and enjoying the beautiful scenery has made it a pretty unforgettable place for me. I’d love to spend some more time there.
Do you have any funny jokes or quotes you can share with us?
It’s not funny, but I find it quite inspirational. The quote:
“our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but rising every time we do”
To me, this talks of the learning curve of life and how every challenge we face is a learning opportunity.
What book would you recommend for having a positive impact on your life?
Wow! I could name so many! Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy, Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers or The 7 Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen Covey. However, the most relevant for me is The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People by Kevin Leman and William Pentak. I just love the leadership principles discussed and the care and attention to working with people that the book promotes.
What musician would you most like to meet and why?
Probably a bit of an unknown bass player called Victor Wooten who just happens to be mean at the bass guitar.
What is your closest brush with fame?
When I was about seven I was playing on the beach and a travelling TV crew were asking kids to tell jokes. These were then shown on Nickelodian.