We asked our Founder and CEO, James Brook, a few questions so you can get to know him better.
What is the biggest highlight of your working life?
Other than starting TalentPredix Ltd, it was undoubtedly founding Strengthscope, a global strengths assessment company I ran for 13 years. I love to combine my passions for leading entrepreneurial businesses and designing innovative talent assessment and development approaches that help people discover and optimize their talents, strengths and potential, which is ultimately my core purpose.
What does great talent management mean to you?
Finding, retaining, developing and deploying diverse and highly motivated people that can translate your vision into reality and enable your organization to stand out and thrive.
Who has inspired you most in your career?
I have been lucky enough to have had outstanding managers, mentors and coaches during the course of my career, each of whom has inspired me in different ways. I have also drawn inspiration from a wide range of successful leaders, psychologists, authors and entrepreneurs such as Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Ariana Huffington, Phil Knight (Nike founder), Peter Drucker, Abraham Maslow, Adam Grant and Elon Musk. Finally, I have my Dad and Mom to thank for my values and work ethic that have inspired my curiosity, creativity and search for excellence throughout my career.
What energizes you most about your work?
The opportunity to work with a wide variety of leaders, people and teams to help them to achieve their full potential and make a positive difference to customers, shareholders and other stakeholders.
How do you relax outside work?
I run several times a week (and try to run at least a couple of half marathons each year), swim and also enjoy photography, movies, travel, and trying out different wines. I’m currently doing a PhD so time for relaxation is very limited.
What do you like most about working at TalentPredix Ltd?
The excitement of building our assessment and development products and seeing these gain traction and bring value to our clients. Our fast-growing team of core staff and global partners is also extremely talented, motivated and creative so they give me lots of enjoyment and energy.