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James Manktelow: The rock legend dream

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Name: 

James Manktelow

Age: 

44

Company: 

www.MindTools.com, a global provider of online management, leadership and business training.

First job: 

Building up a lawn mowing “business” when I was 14.

Dream job: 

Rock legend – However, as I’ve only recently taken up the guitar, the jury is out on whether or not I have the right skills!

Car: 

Tesla Roadster. My interest in new technology extends to cars, so I really enjoy having a car that’s 100 per cent electric and 100 per cent fun to drive. 

Economy, business or first class: Economy or, better still, no travel at all. Since the early days of Mind Tools, we’ve worked in virtual teams with people all around the world. Who needs a big business travel budget when there’s email, Skype and so on?

Most extravagant purchase: 

The first Apple Mac I bought – it’s led to a constant stream of MacBooks, iPhones, iPads – in fact, a whole host of i–gadgetry every year.

Most played song on iPod: 

Fast Fuse by Kasabian.

Best business book: 

‘Good To Great’ by Jim Collins – I love the metaphor of a business as a fly-wheel: You’ve just got to keep on pushing in the right direction every day to achieve success. 

Worst business moment: 

Bad business moments always coincide with family holidays! In the early days of Mind Tools, I remember once sitting all night in the lobby of a hotel rebuilding our web server.

Proudest business moment: 

Either it’s being awarded the Queen’s Award For Enterprise or my MBA at London Business School. Being awarded the Queen’s Award (in April 2012) has the edge, as it’s shared with everyone here at Mind Tools: I’m very proud of our team!

Earliest inspiration: 

Chris O’Neill, a teacher at school, who inspired my interest in business psychology. 

Next big thing: 

Personalised learning on mobile devices. This is helping Mind Tools give people the management training they specifically need, in ever more convenient and compelling ways.

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