As the former head of Barclay’s Non-Core in London, Harry Harrison is now blazing new trails as the President and Founder of the digital financial services investment and advisory firm Anthemis Group. To help people better understand how he stays productive, Mr. Harrison recently sat down with Ideamench to discuss how he comes up with ideas and stays productive.
When asked where he gets his ideas, Mr. Harrison said that he uses curiosity as a motivating factor. After educating himself at Cambridge University, Mr. Harrison spend the next three decades working as a derivatives trader, later managing teams of fixed income sales and trading traders.
When asked about his typical day, Harry Harrison mentioned that he doesn’t have a typical day. Instead, Mr. Harrison learns to adapt to the daily tasks and goals that helps him remain productive. After spending decades working at Barclays, Mr. Harrison has learned to prioritize other aspect of his world and get a better work/life balance. In addition to developing his own company, Mr. Harrison finds times to practice yoga and pilates. And most importantly, Mr. Harrison also finds time to spend with his 5 and 8 year old children.
Later on in the interview, Mr. Harrison was asked how he brings his ideas to life. The entrepreneur answered that he likes to use diversity of thinking, humility in goal setting and collaboration to ensure that his ideas are executed as close as possible to his vision. This strategy has helped Mr. Harrison create Anthemis Group after leaving Barclays
Finally, Mr. Harrison was asked about the one trend that excites him. The Anthemis Group founder answered that he is really excited about what is happening in the world of financial services. In particular, Mr. Harrison is intrigued with the role the information age is playing in the creation of fintech companies that leverage data in order to make financial decisions. Mr. Harrison believes that many finch companies will prosper by making the financial and insurance markets more efficient. At the end of the interview, Mr. Harrison was asked to recite his favorite quote. The Anthemis Group founder recited Dale Caregie’s popular piece of wisdom – “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”