We recently hired two new consultants at nForm and over the past couple weeks we have really enjoyed getting to know them. We asked each of them to answer a few questions that they wouldn’t mind sharing publicly so you can get to know them as well.
Meet Christopher Nash. Christopher is passionate about bringing creativity and new thinking into organizations to turn challenging problems into unique solutions. Here is a little more about Christopher:
What’s your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
Professional: Probably the internal social network I helped imagine and build for Alberta Motor Association. It was a big hit in its day, and a deeply rewarding experience to put together.
Personal: I’m pretty proud of the last couple of music EPs I wrote and recorded. But I’m mostly proud of how as a dad I’ve been able to keep up (so far) with my kids – SO MUCH ENERGY!
What are some of your favourite books? Why?
- Harry Potter series (JK Rowling) – I’m as inspired by Jo Rowling’s personal journey as I am by her imaginary wizarding world.
- Rework (Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson) – I love their sharply-pointed alternative view of how the working world should be.
- Getting Things Done (David Allen) – Get stuff out of your head and into trusted systems where they belong.
- The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Daniel Pink) – Manga-style business book introduced me to the world of authors such as Marcus Buckingham and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, not to mention Pink’s own fascinating work.
- The War of Art (Steven Pressfield) – An inspiring splash of cold water to the face of any creative person.
- K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain (Ed Viesturs and David Roberts) – Because I wish I could do this.
If you could choose anyone in the world, who would you pick as your mentor?
I think my board of mentors would include Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, JK Rowling, Ben Folds and Pharrell.
What’s the one thing about yourself that you think people would be surprised to know?
Usually, it’s that I’m half Japanese. But it *should* be that I can still be an Oilers fan after all these years.
What motivates you each day?
Actually, what motivates me is knowing each of us has a limited amount of time. I simply want to make the most of mine, and to use what talents and spirit I have to leave the world a little better off than it was before my time. I know that sounds a bit corny. But I was reminded of this yet again as recently as this past weekend, as I learned an old high school friend of mine died, suddenly. So I don’t spend much time worrying about sounding corny.
Keep an eye on our blog as we will introduce you to Carissa later this week.