Meet a member Chris Wilson
Age range: 44
Who do you work for?
Opto Advisory www.opto-advisory.com
What do you do?
We help leaders make strategic choices so their organisations can sustainably compete, thrive and grow.
What’s your relationship with IoB?
I completed the certified director programme in 2018.
How long have you been a member?
What do you find most satisfying about your job?
We work with teams to help them (re) discover the core purpose of their organisation. Not what they do, but why they do it – what do they make better for their customers. The moment a team connects with that is magic – it energises them and brings real focus on how they can differentiate themselves and drive this purpose through their entire organisation.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
The big challenge for me since I started my own firm after banking is the uncertainty. I love what I do and we’ve been fortunate to pick up clients and great work very quickly, however there is always uncertainty on the horizon. We need to be careful not to overcommit ourselves to projects and protect the quality of what we do.
What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?
What I prize most is time in the outdoors with my family on an adventure – walking, cycling, skiing, camping. I don’t really mind what, just outdoors and together.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
I’d invite my best pals – those are the people I would most prize time with as life, work and geography gets in the way much of the time.
What one thing would you bring to a desert island?
I guess it’s a bit practical, but I’ve often dreamed of building a Robinson Crusoe hut on a desert island to see how well I would fare so it would have to be a hand saw or machete. Or maybe that’s cheating?!