Since the first time we worked with Julian around 7 years ago, he quickly embraced the concepts of high performance and began the journey to make them personal. In all that time, he has continually demonstrated the desire to get better at doing his job and to learn, either by asking for advice and thoughts, reading or being open-minded towards new concepts, testing them out and sharing them, thus giving himself and his organization the very best chance of finding out if they have value. These are the hallmarks of a leader who knows he’s not the finished article – like any athlete, he’s continually looking to improve and he also knows that while doing something differently may not always lead to a successful outcome, the real failure is not to test it out with 100% commitment in the first place. Julian does everything with 100% commitment – that’s part of the Prower brand.
Like many leaders, Julian works in a challenging environment – one that is relentlessly outcome focused and there have been times when it might have been easier not to make the high performance choice and to follow the least line of resistance – he made other choices, consistently focusing on high quality inputs as well as a desire to deliver results and that’s what marks him out as a great performer.
As International Technology Leader Julian left a legacy – the mindset, attitude and behaviors of many in that part of the business continues to be influenced by his leadership and the support and encouragement he consistently gave to those who merited it– so his attitude has not only impacted his own performance, it has made others around him better too.
In setting up a brand new and strategically vital operation in Dublin, Julian took a concept and made it a reality – under great pressure and it often felt as though the odds were stacked against him - doing so with a combination of really hard work, deep expertise in both subject matter and context. Because of the high performance lens he applied, that part of the business is now firmly established and ready to move on to the next stage of its development. It would never have got to where it is were it not for how Julian led – himself, his team and his stakeholders – applying the principles of high performance in a way that was authentic for him and right for the organization. The ability to take these high performance foundations relating to beliefs, attitudes and behaviors and make them relevant is another reason why Julian stands out.
Finally, we often talk about the idea of “the worst rower in the boat.” We hope Julian will take it as a compliment when we say that of all the leaders we work with, he is probably the most committed to being the worst rower in the boat, by keeping his own performance standards really high and pushing and helping others to be even better.
Hall of Fame
Our purpose is to help the corporate world to think, prepare and perform like world class athletes. Being world class means consistently demonstrating qualities that epitomise the elite and make them different from the ordinary, and the people in this Hall of Fame have shown themselves to be extraordinary in doing that
They adhere to the principles of high performance, especially when times are tough
They apply high performance principles consistently, not as a one off
They’ve internalised the principles and value using them
They role model them
They've done these things effectively to drive results
They have a drive to continue their performance journey and keep setting higher standards
We feel proud to have worked with them
We’re privileged to know some people who, in our view, are world class in their chosen field. This section of the website is to celebrate these people and shares their stories.