Speaker Insight Series - Paddy Governey

Paddy Governey, Head of Management Company Services at MontLake

Paddy has kindly jumped in the deep end to be the first Adminovate 2020 speaker to offer his thoughts on our speaker insight series. We’ve borrowed the format from Tim Ferriss’s book ‘Tribe of Mentors’. You can read about the book here and buy it directly here.

Throughout the book, Tim poses 11 questions to his interviewees with the request to respond to 3 to 5 questions.. or more, if the spirit moves them. See Paddy's answers below:

What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

When I went to secondary school, 3 of the books on our first year reading list were “Lord of the Flies”, “The Catcher in the Rye”, and “1984”. All 3 influenced me in different ways and the meaning I derived from these books has changed with age.

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)? My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.

After several broken ipads, we (my wife) found a brilliant ipad holder on Amazon that cost about €40. It has handles and is very durable (drop-tested!). Details: “Speck iGuy Child's Free-Standing Protective Foam Case”

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)

We renovated our house about 2 years ago and I don’t see us ever moving. This was an investment of time, energy and money! However, the end product is a home that we love.

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?

Try to treat people like you want to be treated.

In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?

Figure out what is important to you and allocate your time accordingly. You can’t keep everyone happy but be honest about it. (This is a work in progress!).

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (If helpful: What questions do you ask yourself?)

Go for a walk, coffee, grab some water from the dispenser. Just step away for a few minutes basically. ‎

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