Siobhan Doran – on Inspiring Interviews and Husband Hints
“Empowerment is contagious and when there is a higher purpose behind it, it can be life-changing.”
What does the word CONNECTIONS mean to you?
Bringing people and mindsets together to provide support, guidance – and ultimately generate positive change.
How do you stay connected with the right people?
By seeing everyone as the individual they are and having them top of mind at all times – that newspaper article, the piece you heard on the radio, the interesting conference you went to – share these everyday moments and insights with those who matter to you, to build real relationships over shallow contact.
What empowers you?
It may be corny but my family always come first, as well as being a role model to my two gorgeous boys. Beyond this, I am empowered by the interviews we carry out at Thread Publishing with amazing leaders. Their impact on us is felt long after the last word is transcribed.
Empowerment is contagious and when there is a higher purpose behind it, it can be life-changing.
What significant connection has influenced/inspired you recently?
Interviewing Mike Baird (NSW Premier) recently was very uplifting and I just got off the phone from an interview with Gail Kelly (former Westpac CEO) this morning. I literally hugged my colleague after the call today, as her insights were so memorable. We sat there listening to the recording, feeling frankly privileged to hear her speak so honestly and with such generosity. There are many others – David Cooke (MD Konica Minolta) spoke passionately in last week’s interview on the power of business to do good. It’s heartening to meet these leaders who are serious about helping others and giving back in a meaningful and sustainable way.
What’s the best self-indulgent treatment you’ve ever had?
Ha! I love this question. I am a spa-addict but I never seem to find the time to do this lately (that was a hint for my husband). Probably a three hour treatment involving an indian head massage and a reflexology treatment that made me fall asleep! Thank god for the dribble bucket under the bed!!
What do you do when you are in the mood to spoil yourself?
Apart from being with my family and enjoying exciting times at work, I am at my happiest when I am on my own and reading. Without sounding too geeky, I am loving New Scientist lately (recommended to me by another great leader who is inspiring others – Anthony Bertini) and my idea of heaven is lighting a candle, with no TV and being blown away by the insights in New Scientist or some book that I can’t put down. That makes me sound very boring but it’s true!!