Leadership and enterprise have always fascinated David Milton. Between 2006 and 2012 he developed and ran an international leadership network that operated across seven countries, involving up to 2,000 people every year and raised close to £12million for children in developing countries.
He has worked in leadership and change management in start-ups as well as established multi-nationals, and has contributed to the Resource Alliance’s Future Leaders Programme for Fundraisers.
He is a qualified business psychologist, trained in the leadership and direction of teams/organisations by the Institute of Directors, Common Purpose & the Mountain Leader Training Board.
One of his teams was recognised in 2012 for skills in innovation by The Observer in their article on Britain’s 50 ‘New Radicals’. He was recognised byDirector magazine as the ‘Director of the Month’ in November 2011.
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
I can do it in two! I coach business owners in how to increase the value of their businesses and I improve the quality of leadership of non-profits that I work with.
2- Who inspires you?
When I was younger I was a musician. I remember reading an article at time by a famous music journalist. He was describing the first time that he ever met Jimi Hendrix. The journalist wrote how when he walked into Jimi’s hotel room, he was shocked at the eclectic range of music strewn around the place; everything from Mozart to Beethoven. The epiphany being that Jimi was brilliant at what he did, because he was a sponge and soaked up inspiration from all around him. I try and do the same. I can’t say there’s any one place or person that inspires me, I just try and look creatively at everything around me to inform how I make my next decision.
3- What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
That’s a hard one. There are many things that I’m sure we’d all like to change in our world, it’s not a perfect system. But I do think that we too easily focus on the negatives in our society without taking stock of how far we’ve come. The world is a better place than it was and justice, quality of life etc are increasing. Nobody ever gets anything right first time, I think we all just need to keep plugging away (in whatever way we can) to improve how we live on our planet.
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
I’ve never been asked that question and I’m not sure how to answer. I’ve always wanted to contribute more than I’ve taken.
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
Its unrelated to the field but I’ve heard about how stem cell technology is being used now to grow food from scratch in Asia. So the idea being that you could create a piece of meat for eating from stem cells, without having to breed an animal for slaughter. I think it’s a really interesting concept that’s pretty brave (both technologically and ethically). That sort of brave research I think always progresses our society in interesting ways.
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
Email, phone, connect with me on LinkedIn – whatever media is available to you. I’m always interested to speak to new people and share.