Jonathan Goring, ex development director at U+I Group plc is one of the leading lights of the UK construction industry. He’s currently leading the design Joint Venture for one of Europe’s biggest civil engineering projects, HS2. Previously he’s been responsible for building BA’s state of the art global Cargo hub at Heathrow, the award-winning Ben Ainslie Racing HQ in Portsmouth and was Managing Director of Capita Symonds, (4,500 person business) which designed the infrastructure for the London Olympics 2012.
In this episode of Purpose to Performance, I ask him about leadership and managing high-performance teams. Jonathan responds in his characteristically open manner, talking about the importance of authenticity, integrity and humility. He describes his unconventional background and cites the people who inspired and mentored him early in his career. We gain insights into how he developed his outstanding leadership skills and he candidly shares his experience of being fired when he felt his integrity was in danger of being compromised.
We discuss how high performing teams are formed, Jonathan zeroes in on the importance of building trust and maintaining alignment towards a shared objective. The discussion continues by exploring the complexities of managing cultural and technical diversity in a high stakes environment.
Purpose To Performance hosted by Andrew Clemence