Clyde Travel Director Paul Cronje, was recently the subject of the 10-minute interview within the Business Insider magazine. Unfortunately there is not a link to the feature itself online, but you can read the full interview below:
1. What does your typical day involve?
I have a great job, working in a fantastically interesting industry. Any day can include strategic planning around new travel technology, customer meetings, visits to one of our eight offices, meetings with travel trade partners and yes, plenty of emails. It also always includes a lot of coffee and ends with me packing the next day’s lunches for my family.
2. What five words would friends/colleagues use to describe you?
Talkative, genuine, busy, happy and candid
3. If you could choose anyone, who would be your fantasy board members and why?
Whoever invented the stapler, the dishwasher and the flushing toilet. These people knew how to solve problems.
4. If you could choose anyone, who would be your fantasy dinner party guests and why?
I wish I could dine again with my late mother. She finished her plate dish-by-dish clockwise from 1:00 to 12:00. When you’re with her, things fall into order and calm.
5. What is your favourite way to unwind during time off?
Building sandcastles with my children. In winter time I swap it for Lego.
6. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given or what advice would you give to the next generation of business leaders?
Be yourself. And if you don’t know who that is, stop what you’re doing and go and find out quickly. And learn to like yourself so you don’t depend on others to do that.
7. If you were in charge of Scotland, what would you change and why?
I would raise the school-going age to at least 7 years old and make it as easy as possible for parents too. Children should play for much longer. I would also ensure that most school premises are covered with grass rather than tarmac. We shouldn’t fear to tumble a few times while we’re having fun.
8. What sport are you interested in/which sporting team do you follow?
Tennis. I was obsessed with Steffi Graf as a teenager. I am also a keen supporter of the Glasgow Warriors Rugby team.
9. What was the last film/concert/entertainment event you attended?
The opera, The Magic Flute, by Mozart at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow.
10. What was the first record you bought/first film you saw at the cinema/concert you attended?
My first record was the soundtrack to the movie The Mission. I’m a classically trained pianist… but took it a lot more seriously as a child!
11. What is your earliest childhood memory?
Visiting my grandma in a neighbouring town and the long queues of cars on the highway. I grew up on a farm in South Africa and the “busy world out there” left a huge impression on me.
12. What is your favourite memory from your schooldays?
The predictability of it all. There was also quite a buzz and a lot of excitement in 1994 when the end of Apartheid meant a new flag, a new national anthem and the school being open to all children, not just white kids. I am very grateful I got to experience that culture shift as a teenager and not only as an adult.
13. Describe a perfect day/night/weekend.
An unplanned beach day with my wife and kids, with great food and wine.
14. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I thought the MD of the first company I ever worked for was the mail man. He wore the same blue shirt everyday and never spoke to us. One day the “mail man” asked me if I liked working at the company. I said “yes, but…” and threw a few ideas about. An hour later I sat at his big desk and a month later was promoted to my first manager role and sent off to Scotland.
15. Who would play you in the film of your life?
I’d prefer an animated movie in the Disney genre.
16. What is your signature dish to cook?
Salad. My wife often complains they’re too complicated for her, but I love fresh veg and eat two salads a day.
17. If you could choose your last meal on earth what would it be?
Clearly something I won’t need to worry about, so let’s say 3 Big Macs and a KFC zinger meal for good measure.
18. What is your karaoke song/party piece?
As gregarious as I can be, in this respect one is quite reserved though. There will be no karaoke.
19. What is your favourite shop/clothing brand/restaurant?
Waitrose. Because the coffee is so good.
20. What is your favourite place in Scotland?
As a foreigner I don’t have to claim my birthplace. But I have lived in Glasgow for almost 20 years and have seen it blossom so much in that time; it is hard imagining not living there. We frequently holiday in Gardenstown / Crovie as well. I am truly grateful life washed me up on these shores.