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5 Questions with Peter Elsdon

Clare Elliott, 26th January 2016

Clare Elliott speaks to Peter Elsdon a strategic Business Architect who is part of the WBMS network. Peter specialises in Business Strategy, Target Operating Models and Transformation Planning. He has held interim assignments for the likes of Prudential Assurance, PE Business Consulting Ltd and Waitrose.

What is it about interim assignments that you prefer to permanent roles?

For the majority of my career I have been working for business consulting companies, with ten extremely valuable years for IBM Business Consulting.  So  I would say that I have pretty much always been an interim  consultant working on client assignments.

There are however subtle difference that I do prefer since leaving the corporate world. There is a different dynamic and collaboration with client teams. Rightly or not, it’s different than if you represent a large consultancy. There is also the control and freedom of choice and level of engagement. There is also only one party to please – the client – (if you exclude Mrs Elsdon’s spend budget).  I also find it much easier to get my expenses approved 😉

What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting your current assignment?

I believe the biggest challenge on all new engagements is patience. There is often an innate desire to provide value and impress as early as possible and I’ve learnt over the years to focus initially on listening and absorbing the environment in which you find yourself. There may be undercurrents of politics and previous attempts to do things that you feel are the right things to do but have failed.

How have WBMS helped you to date?

WBMS have been awesome. I’ve spent a great deal of time with Stuart Jansze describing my experience and helping him position my value when speaking to his network.WBMS are my Sales and Marketing department who have kept me fully utilised for over two years. Contractors often forget this value once gainfully billing. For me this service is invaluable.  I’m next available in March, so keep’em coming Stuart!.

What is your dream job?

Probably a professional golfer now that I’m too old to be a professional footballer.

What is your favourite city in the world and why?

Barcelona. It has everything on its doorstep. A great culture and vibe in the city both day and night. Art, architecture, great food and the love of the beautiful game. All of which I love about London too, but Barcelona is rather unique in that it is on the coast. There are not many cities in the world that have all this to offer and a sunny beach.

  stuart jansze

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