Career file: Vivianne Child

first_imgThismonth Vivianne Child, director of alchemy at First Quench, which owns Thresher,Victoria Wine, Wine Rack, Bottoms Up, Drinks Direct and the Enjoyment web site,age 39Howlong have you been in this job?One-and-a-half years.Howlong have you been with your company?Ten years.Whatdoes your role involve?Creating an environment for change.What’sthe best thing about your job?Meeting people who make me humble because of their achievements outsidework.What’sthe worst thing about your job?Meeting people who don’t enjoy working for First Quench.Whatis your current major project or strategic push?Using our “Alchemy at Work” programme to focus on the commercial benefitsof goal setting and thrilling customer service.Preferredterminology?Learning through play.Favouritebuzzwords?BOGOF (buy one get one free).Mostloathed buzzwords?“This will be a challenge”, meaning, “This is very difficult and I want YOUto do it.”Areyou good at self-development?Yes.Whatself-development have you done in the last six months?Pacific Institute course entitled Investment in Excellence – it’s superb.Wheredo you want to be in five years time?Working for myself, having proved that alchemy has been a commercialbenefit to First Quench.Whatwas the most useful course you ever attended?A presentation skills course that taught me to be myself.Whatwas the worst course you ever went on?Usually anything to do with my PC. Someone could make a fortune runninginteresting software training.Whatwas your first job?A shop manager. I got my first company car – a lime green Mini.Whatdid you want to do for a living when you were at school?Teach.Whatwas the best career decision you ever made?Moving to Whitbread – a large company with excellent training anddevelopment opportunities. I would never have done an MBA if it wasn’t forWhitbread.Whatwas the worst career decision you ever made?Staying in my first job too long because I liked my boss.Whichof your qualifications do you most value and why?The Wine & Spirits Education Trust’s Wine Diploma, because it wasdifficult.Evaluation– holy grail or impossible dream?Neither. It’s absolutely vital and great fun to prove that what I do hasbenefits.Howdo you think your job will have changed in five years’ time?My job will not exist in five years’ time.Whatdo you think the core skills for your job will be in the future?Flexibility, evaluation and relishing change.Whatadvice would you give to someone starting out in training and development?Do things differently. Training and development moves so fast that whateveryou do, you are probably right.Howdo you network?Lunch.Ifyou could have any job in the world, what would it be?Personal coach to Prince Charles.Doyou take your work home with you?I say no. My husband would probably say yes.Whatis your motto?Organisations don’t change. People change, and changed people changeorganisations.Describeyour management style in three words or less.Female, logical, fun.Howwould you like to be remembered by your colleagues?Optimistic and always positive. Related posts:No related photos. Career file: Vivianne ChildOn 1 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more


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