Mike answers our questions
What attracted you to study physics?
I loved the way physics (up to A level at least!) explained the way things worked. And it didn’t involve much reading or writing – which was I not good at.
What then attracted you into a the social / applied areas of physics?
I was always interested in the consequences for people at the end of the day. At the time, I found University Physics unbearably sterile in that respect. So I went off and did things that were to do with people and their lives. Many years later, the two have come together. I’m interested in bringing different disciplines together. Science and the humanities need to join forces more often.
What area – technical problem or general theme – of organisational development has been the most challenging?
The irrationality of human decision making. Bridging the gap between rational analysis and strategy. Bringing values into corporate strategy.
What – about responses to climate change / sustainability – has surprised you most over the last few years?
How can such clear science be so hard to get across, and so hard to get action on.
What advice would you give to your 20-something self?
Be more confident in your vision and spend less time doing things that aren’t important to you.
What type of destination is your go-to to unwind / go off-grid?
A metal shed on a Scottish Island (Colonsay). There are four solar panels and a wood burning stove. And it is off grid.
What three emojis would you use to describe yourself?
I wouldn’t use emojis. But if I had to, one with a big smile, one with a massive scowling frown, and a happy one drenched in sweat having just made the train.