Owen Powell puts the digital into the national arts world, he's a very people motivated leader and enjoys discussing issues around motivation and leadership, as he did in this CIO UK podcast.\nTo learn more about Owen, read his own words below:\nQ: Where were you born?A: York\nQ: How many people work in your IT department? A: 25\nQ: What is the size of your annual IT budget?A:About \u00a33M per annumQ: What is the basic structure of your IT department?A: Three teams - infrastructure, service desk and business systems. We also provide project support to the business.\nQ: Do you believe in mentoring?A: Very much so. IT management is a complex area and is often misunderstood. Mentoring provides a safe and effective way of working through issues.\nCoaching is an area that I'm looking to develop as part of my skill set. I've done a short course, but one of my objectives this year to become qualified. I think many IT staff would benefit from coaching to help with day-to-day issues (especially those that are people-related) and also with longer term career development.\nQ: Which tools or tactics have given you most success in communicating up\/down\/across?A: I try to be approachable. You can learn more at the water cooler in five minutes than in a two hour meeting.\nQ: What profession would you most\/least like to attempt?A: I really wouldn't fancy being a driving instructor - I think that would be an awful job.\nWhat I'd like to try, and I've undertaken some training to support this, is a move into business psychology, particularly in an IT context.\nQ: Which word or phrase do you most use\/overuse?A: Let's go back to the business and try to clarify that.\nQ Which business (or other) books have been influential in your career?A: Scott Adams' "Dilbert" books have probably captured corporate IT better than anything else, and remain a key resource (on how not to do things!). Other than that, Belbin's work on team roles has been useful.\nQ Do you have a sport you practice or sportsperson\/team that you follow?A: I play a bit of rugby, which is good for letting off a bit of steam and getting away from a computer.\nQ: What else do you do outside of work?A: I'm studying (psychology) at the moment, but I also write an IT Careers blog in the Guardian, and respond to questions posted in their forums.