ONE-ON-ONE WITH PAUL HUMPHRIES

i4cp's managing editor, Lorrie Lykins, sat down with Paul Humphries, EVP of Human Resources at i4cp member company Flextronics International, who will be speaking at the i4cp 2011 Annual Conference and asked him a few questions loosely based on the well-known Proust Questionnaire, which has been famously adopted by James Lipton, the iconic host of the A&E program Inside the Actor's Studio. We thank the speakers for their candor, humor, and willingness to participate in this less-than-traditional interview.

What is your favorite word?

Success.

What is your least favorite word?

Failure.

What turns you on?

Making a difference.

What turns you off?

Complainers - people who don't find a better way to do things but complain about not being able to change anything.

What sound or noise do you love?

Ferrari. I once had an Aston-Martin and I always wished it sounded like a Ferrari.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Lawn mowers. I hate cutting the lawn.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I really would have liked to have been a singer. I can't sing to save my life.

What profession would you not like to attempt?

An actuary

Who or what was the greatest influence on your career?

A guy called Gary Toomey, he was a boss I had when I worked in Wales. He was a genius bordering on insane but he was the most influential boss I ever had - I was able to accomplish much more than I ever thought I could.

Paul will present "Institutionalizing the Flextronics Culture" at the i4cp 2011 Annual Conference: Next Practices of High-Performance Organizations. The conference takes place March 15 - 18, 2011 at the InterContinental Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Learn more about the conference and Paul's presentation.