7 Things with Robin Davies

Robin Davies - Non-Executive Director

Robin Davies gives us a brief insight into his views on business and life in general. Robin is a Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director at TORI. He has consulted for PWC, founded his own consulting business (Crane Davies) and been a Managing Director of Penna Consulting. His prime focus is Leadership Development and has provided management development coaching internationally.


1. What would your advice be to your 21 year old self?

Listen to the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. It’s a fantastic message for a younger person. It struck a chord with me when I came across it, it’s got lovely poetry.


2. Who would your ultimate dinner party guests be (can be dead or alive)?

I have an interest in history so I would love to meet the greatest military leaders. Genghis Khan, who established the largest land empire in history because he was able to master the technology of shooting a bow & arrow while on horseback. It would be interesting to see the interaction between the historical leaders if I was to invite Julius Caesar and Napoleon for example. I would like to have some spiritual guests also, like Ghandi and Buddha. And then also Mother Teresa and Mandela.


3. What was your first ever job?

I did the paper round when I was 11.


4. Who are your leadership role models and why?

It’s easy to base this answer on celebrities but here’s a story of a real inspiration to me. I used to be a director of a management college. We had a lovely guy called Derek who was the audio-visual technician who would set up the rooms for classes and presentations. He was always the first one in and the last to go at night. If you looked in the carpark – his was the bashed up old Cortina and all these industry people who were coming to these sessions every day would arrive in their fancy cars. He would always get in his car at the end of the day and outside of work he was the leader of the local council. Also, he and his wife ran a hostel for deprived and disabled children. He was the most unlikely leader in one setting and a role model in the another. Leadership isn’t about fame and celebrities but about who you can help. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes.


5. What was the first record you ever bought?

My Generation by the Who. I lived in London at the time. I did the paper rounds so I could go to the clubs. There was a local band that I used to go and see before they became famous...


6. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt in business?

This makes me think of a chapter called the Law of Longevity. It’s about how you see things from a different perspective over time. Something that seems like the end of the world, when you look back at it, you think, ‘what was that?’ Experience and perspectives. How to put things into perspective. Time is a critical perspective.


7. What personality trait do you think is most important in a CEO?

Passion and persistence. If you don’t believe in it, it won’t happen. But if you don’t do anything, nothing will happen.