Being and entrepreneur is exciting, challenging and can be risky! You need to be creative, to be able to hold your nerve and create a high performing team environment.

Being an entrepreneur means you understand your customer needs and innovate new ways that create value. It is a core capability that allows firms to sustain competitive advantage and grow. It is a skill that can be learned and mastered. It can be made a part of an organisations culture but it requires experimentation and uncertainty. It requires looking at customers and markets in new ways and an ability maintain your operation today while directing resources to discover tomorrow’s. Most of all it requires a willingness to challenge the assumptions that may have made the company successful in the first place.

At IDG we believe that by developing the following natural personality traits you can start to think and act like an entrepreneur, these are :

  • Optimism and vision
  • Initiative and desire
  • Drive, persistence and resilience
  • Smart and motivated leadership

Combining these traits with great communication and listening skills, being bold and creative and ultra organised will support your desire for success for your organisation and yourself.

For more information, please contact:

Principal Consultant

Iain works across all of IDG’s major clients bringing a real commercial focus to any programme he delivers. He is responsible for managing one of IDG’s largest financial services accounts, using a global team to deliver workshops in 20 countries across three continents. Iain is also part of the team who design and deliver IDG’s bespoke business simulations.

He joined IDG in 2003 after spending seven years in practice in a Big Four accountancy firm where he was also responsible for the training of the 600-strong graduate intake. During his time at IDG he has worked primarily within financial services, leading long-term leadership programmes both at first line manager and middle management levels. Early in his IDG career Iain led a large-scale assessment and development project in Bahrain which has subsequently been used in both Abu Dhabi and Jordan and he remains engaged in IDG’s work in the Middle East.

Iain is a qualified chartered accountant with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Wadham College, Oxford. Since joining IDG he has passed the Securities Institute Islamic Finance Qualification as well as being accredited to Level B with the BPS.

Clients value Iain’s ability to challenge them individually and collectively and his willingness to push them to deliver more. They also appreciate his global experience and intellectual rigour!