The Big Question – What did you learn from 2018 (no mention of Brexit please)?

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LEANNE WOOKEY, DIRECTOR, NOCHINTZ
BE PRESENT. We spend so much time distracted by digital notifications – emails, texts, Instagram alerts all constantly battling for our attention – that we forget how to be truly present. I have learned to value this more than I ever have before. Whether it is a conversation with a stranger, a concert, a talk, a meal with the family, if you are going to arrive, then always be present and give your full attention undistracted. I was amazed that such a simple action could have such an impact on me.


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LEWIS HARMAN, A&D DIRECTOR, HUNTERS CONTRACTS
Hard work pays off! The culture of our business is hugely important. It’s still ridiculously difficult to get Glastonbury tickets Agile is here to stay – and no voice should go unheard. I’ve spent a while reflecting on what drives me, and 2018 has taught me that we should gravitate towards our passions, so 2019 may well be the return of the Furniture Guru!

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ANTHONY BROWN, SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR OF BW: WORKPLACE EXPERTS
Was almost every day a revelation in 2018? It felt like that. Six weeks of sweltering, record-breaking weather and I learned that this mild, grey country could get too hot. Then came the World Cup madness and I learned that this country’s mild, grey people could lose themselves in a dream of hope over experience. And thanks to my teenage daughter, I finally figured out what Fortnite is!

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GILL PARKER, CEO, BDG ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
In a year of global political uncertainty and polarised opinion we need to look to other ways to unite for the common good – and this is where creativity comes to the forefront. There is freedom in creative solutions to the challenges facing businesses that will yield positive transformation. Hopefully our politicians will realise this in 2019!

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YORGO LYKOURIA, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, RAINLIGHT
2018 was a year when the noise triumphed over the signal. Where delivery got in the way of the truth. Being yourself, true to yourself, means many things. In 2018 I learned that we all need to try harder to make the world a place we love, cherish and adore. Rather than being concerned about: What sells? Will they like it? It’s time to be free and answer the calling that chose us to be creators.

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KATHRYN O’CALLAGHAN-MILLS, DESIGN DIRECTOR, AREA
My lesson from 2018 is this; if you base what you are aiming for on a plan, some discipline and consistency, you will get what you want to achieve. It’s the same for clients; have faith in yourself and ask the tough objective questions, let go of the worry. That way, you will help them too. But most importantly, and above all, enjoy the journey!