TFI - Ian Harrington

TFI - Ian Harrington

 17 Aug 2018

What is your name?
Ian Harrington
What do you do for a living in 10 words or less?
Project Management Training Consultant
Where do you currently reside?
Helensburgh, Scotland
  1. Who did you idolise when growing up?
Billy Bremner, Leeds United.  Once said “Team before Self”.  It has always stuck.
  1. What did you want to do when you were a kid?
Play professional football.
  1. What memories do you have of your first ever job?
A paper round was my first ever job and I remember riding my Raleigh Chopper through all weathers to deliver on time whilst keeping the papers dry. My aim was to be paperboy of the year, every year. This ethos taught me the importance of timekeeping, being reliable and always striving to do your best, no matter the task. I transferred this approach into my first adult job, which was the Royal Navy. The day I joined up was the first day I had ever left Yorkshire, the first day I had ever had an egg and the first day I ever came across the Scottish, Welsh and Irish accents. I was under no illusion that the challenges ahead were enormous. I recall thinking (aged 16yrs, 5 months), what on earth have I let myself in for?
  1. Have there been any people in your career that have influenced or inspired you?
My Royal Naval Career lasted for 34 years, so outside of my family it was mainly figures within the Service. As a youngster I always aspired to be the same as my department heads, who, no matter what, always remained extremely calm under pressure and radiated confidence to the rest of the team. They were all as professional as each other, which tells you a lot about the standards the Service set. Each one was, and still is, a beacon to me. As I grew older and become more experienced, I appreciated the work they had to put in to convey that level of assurance and confidence to their teams. Their overall influence, integrity and professional ability was always something I strived to mirror.
  1. What would you class as your biggest achievement so far?
I have lots of personal and professional achievements that I have been fortunate enough to tick off and I have achieved all of my aims thus far. However, I am most proud of achieving the highest rank of Service open to me, which meant I exceeded the position of those that influenced and inspired me. It was my salute to those individuals who honed and shaped my development in those early days.
  1. Tell us what a typical day at work looks like?
If I am training I like to get into the classroom about 45 minutes before the students arrive, so it looks like I have been there all night. After settling the students down, it is all about delivery and maintaining a positive attitude. Every student is wired differently and they all ask different questions, and ask questions differently. So, staying sharp is key to a successful session. Lunch is typically a working lunch as the class tend to seek me out for clarification of certain elements of the subject matter. Afternoons are a challenge as the class tend to suffer post carb effects after lunch and require louder instruction in order for them to remain focused. I tend to wind instruction up at around 4:30pm as the students are at saturation point by then. It also gives me the opportunity to get set up for the next day.
  1. Do you have any morning rituals?
I run six miles then I log onto the Leeds United fan’s forum first thing and maintain a watch on any developments.
  1. Is there one book that you have read more than twice?
There are nineteen books that I have read more than once. It is the complete set of ‘Jack Aubrey’ novels, written by Patrick O’Brien. They are the adventures of a fighting sea captain during the Napoleonic wars and are based on a famous Captain of the time: Thomas Cochrane. I have read the complete set 7 times.
  1. Tell us something about yourself that not many people would know?
I have played cricket and baseball at the North Pole!


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