Name: Keir Garrett\nTitle: Dynamics Lead, Microsoft New Zealand\nTwitter handle: @KeirSGarrett\nHow long have you been in your current role? 16 months\nWhat business technology issue is your organisation focusing on? \nWithin the Dynamics business we remain focused on reinventing productivity and business process for the modern enterprise through a strong synergy linking three pillars Cloud Platform \u2013 (Azure), Productivity (Office 365) and Business Apps (Dynamics).\nWe continue to deliver solutions that are mobile, trusted, natural, intelligent and collaborative, empowering individuals to achieve more in their business roles, and allowing organisations to realise greater success.\nAbove all, we remain committed to our strategic prioritisation of business processes that drive customer engagement.\nWhat are your interests away from work? \nMultisport adventure racing, ultra-marathons and trail running. I also love cooking and entertaining.\nWhat are you reading at the moment?\nI have a few books on the go, depending on my mood and energy levels.\nRunning Past Midnight by Molly Sheridan \u2013 A friend\u2019s book on her experiences on ultra-marathon races around the world\nSingularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil \u2013 All about the time to come when humans transcend biology \u2013 an interesting and slow read !!!\nThrive by Ariana Huffington \u2013 An all-round inspiring woman!\nWhat's the best piece of advice you've ever received? \nIt\u2019s kind of a funny one. My dad always told me people judge you on your shoes, so I always try to wear good shoes.\nHowever, the best advice I try to follow is: \u201cHave the courage of your convictions\u201d, which I understand to mean that as long as you believe in something and it doesn\u2019t physically or morally impact others then you should not be afraid to give it a go.\nI also believe today we are in a new world, the barriers to entry are being broken down no matter your gender, race or religion.\nIndividuals are far more assertive and recognise they can stand up in their own right and forge their way through sheer hard work, confidence and capability. I definitely impart that approach to my children (five teenage girls). Unfortunately, there will always be prejudices and bias but organisations and individuals are far better equipped to mitigate the impact of this.\n We talk a lot more about innovation, agility, business strategy growth and alignment, whereas 15 years ago we were far more obsessed with Pamp;L, balance sheets, reporting and the state of the economy. Keir Garrett, Microsoft NZ\nProfessionally, who do you admire most? \nDr Jacob Bronowski, who died in 1974. He wrote the Ascent of Man, it would seem that Singularity picks up where he let off. This man was a genius a mathematician, biologist and a historian of science.\nHaving said that, I have led an interesting life and met many people along the way, read many books, listened to many a speech all have left an impression that I can draw on as needed.\nHow long have you been working in IT? Over 20 years.\nIf you weren't working in IT, what would you be doing? \nKeeping my dad\u2019s advice in mind, I expect I would be a shoemaker. Also, competing in multisport or ultra-marathons in obscure places all around the world.\nWhat was your first job? \nI had my first job at the very young age of seven, when I would earn pocket money for helping the milkman deliver milk on his float.\nAt high school I worked as a check-out person at Safeways in the UK.\nMy first job after school was working as an account payable clerk at the British Broadcasting Corporation.\nWhat's the best thing about working with IT executives? \nThe best thing is the ever evolving nature of the industry. Today it is at a very different point to where it was 10 or 15 years ago. We talk a lot more about innovation, agility, business strategy growth and alignment, whereas 15 years ago we were far more obsessed with PL, balance sheets, reporting and the state of the economy. We seem to have lifted our eyes to focus on the more important and exciting things.\nCan you share one key pointer for managing global teams?\nIt is important for teams to get back to an understanding of how true collaboration can benefit the outputs of teams. At Microsoft, the ethos of collaboration and its impact on business transformation is alive and well, and we are executing it well within the company. Outside this company, it seems to be a concept that people think they know but in my view it is rarely done well.\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.