Stephen Berry

Former CFO and International MBA lecturer in Business Strategy, now a conference speaker, trainer and author.  Stephen’s employment experience has been in a wide variety of sectors including property, construction, FMCG and plastics supplementing consultancy experience in an even wider field. Having worked in 25 countries on 4 continents, the breadth of examples and applications to his strategy work is considerable.

One of Stephen’s passions at work is to take difficult concepts and make them easily understandable. Far too often, strategy is seen as the preserve of the elite. Whilst it is a responsibility which is often undertaken very poorly at Senior Board level, there is no reason why strategic knowledge should be confined to the Top Team – we all have aims we want to achieve and the process of developing and enacting strategies is the route to achieving these aims. If we conduct good strategic thinking on the small aspects of our own personal lives, we can develop the habit that then becomes invaluable when applied to our working lives. When not on the conference stage or in the training room, Stephen is at home, married with three children (whose own strategic thinking stories have been applied to many conference speeches!) and lives near Windsor, UK. His aims are to enjoy life, to be a great husband and father and to do the right amount of work – not too little and definitely not too much. He has strategies in place to achieve all these aims!

Q&A

Q: What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
A: Don’t be afraid to say ‘NO’ – don’t do too much work, never work with the wrong people and never take on the wrong sort of work

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: No-one ever said on their deathbed “I wish I’d spent more time at the office” – neither will you, so keep your priorities clear. One day, you will just be a memory to your friends and children – make sure that you do everything you can to be the best possible memory

Q: What is your top tip for success?
A: Be clear on what you identify as success (it may be different from what others define as success – that is fine) – and then monitor and reassess it regularly

Books by Stephen Berry in this series

Successful Strategy in Week: Teach Yourself