Five Questions with... Chris Williams

Chris Williams.

Head of European Sales for a consulting company.

"6 Marathons in 6 Days -  ICELAND, Let’s do this!"

1.  Tell us about a memory that always gives you great pleasure from your life?

Finishing a pretty epic 6 marathons in 6 days run across Iceland with a mate.  We had plenty of tough moments before and during where I wondered about my own sanity or chances of completing it. It always gives me a terrific sense of accomplishment looking back (through the rose- tinted glasses of time that blur out the painful bits) and thinking of how we went from no such experience to feeling like we belonged in the company of that crowd of crazy ultra-runners.

2. What’s your life philosophy/ driving force in life? Is there a motivating quote in your head….

If a task or challenge seems so large or daunting you can’t see how you could possibly achieve it from where you are right now, take a step back and calmly come up with a plan, then work your ass off towards that plan day by day and step by step.  In the end whether you succeed or fail you’ll know you couldn’t have done any more - and every now and then you can achieve something that will really surprise you.

3. Who inspires you and why?

It’s tough not to give a cliché, but as it’s all that’s in my mind I’m going to say it anyway: Nelson Mandela - the clear minded determination to effect real change for people, at the same time as the pragmatism and forgiveness to propose a future without recriminations despite everything that had gone before, is truly remarkable and inspiring.

4. What do you like to prepare well for each day?

Whilst having a cup of coffee first thing as I sit down in the morning, I always write a list of tasks to achieve during the day, as I find it focuses the mind on getting done what you really want to - along with the coffee of course!

5. One piece of advice that you heard somewhere and stick by or advice that you would like to share from your own experience?

A former boss once said to me “Don’t just come to me with problems – come to me with possible solutions”  I always thought that was good advice, which I’ve tried to do since, as it’s too easy to just complain about something, but much more constructive to think about practical ways to do something to improve it.