Name: Kieron Lawson\nTitle: Chief technology officer, cloud applications at LiveOps\nAge: 41\nWhere were you educated? University of Auckland\nWhere do you live? In Stanmore Bay on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula \u2013 we moved there in 2005 for the lifestyle, and love it there.\nWhat are your interests away from work? I enjoy working with my hands \u2013 makes a change from sitting at the desk all day. At home I have a very well equipped workshop and spend a lot of time there building furniture, aside from that I try to get out fishing on the Hauraki Gulf as much as possible.\nWhat are you reading at the moment?I just finished Carl Hiaasen\u2019s Bad Monkey which is the first paper novel I\u2019ve read in a couple of years \u2013 almost all of my reading now is on the Kindle, and at the moment I\u2019m splitting my time between Crux by Ramez Naam and Malcolm Gladwell\u2019s David and Goliath. My favourite read of the last 12 months was Neil Gaiman\u2019s The Ocean at the End of the Lane which I highly recommend to anyone.\nWhat is your favourite movie? Why? The one that always bubbles to the top of my list is Bladerunner. I love the dystopian feel of the movie and its examination of humanity and the impact of technology on society. Of course, it helps that I\u2019m a big sci-fi fan.\nWhat is the most memorable place you've been to? In the past eight years I have had the good fortune to travel all over the world. There are many memorable places but the one that stands out to me is India \u2013 I spent a very short three days in Delhi and Bangalore on business in 2009 and loved the chaos and energy. I will definitely go back \u2013 but for much longer next time!\nWhat's the best piece of advice you've ever received? \u201cInspect what you expect\u201d. When you make the shift from individual contribution to management it\u2019s important to learn that people don\u2019t always follow your expectations, and over the long term this reflects poorly on your performance as a manager. By inspecting what you expect your team knows to follow through on your expectations \u2013 because you will be checking that what you\u2019ve asked has been successfully executed. It\u2019s actually a pretty simple piece of advice, but something that many people fail to do well.\nProfessionally, who do you admire most? Tough question \u2013 there are many smart people out there. One at the top of my list would have to be Bill Gates \u2013 not for his ability to generate immense wealth at Microsoft but recognising that he has decided to leverage that wealth to help make the world a better place.\nHow long have you been working in IT? At least 20 years \u2013 longer if you count holiday jobs.\nIf you weren't working in IT, what would you be doing? I\u2019d like to think I\u2019d be doing something practical \u2013 I come from a line of engineers and builders so the desire to make things and work with my hands runs deep.\nWhat was your first job? At the age of 11, I ran my mother\u2019s shop during the school holidays. At the age of 16, I had my own business doing desktop publishing (remember, this was the 80s) for real estate agencies in the Auckland area.\nWhat's the best thing about working with IT executives? Our company is headquartered in Silicon Valley \u2013 and one of the benefits of that is I get to work with some truly brilliant, visionary people. It never ceases to amaze me the world-changing ideas that come out of our industry.\nWhat is the worst? Probably myopia. I\u2019ve been building and delivering what we now call \u2018cloud\u2019 solutions since 2000. It\u2019s only been in the last four years or so that people have started to truly recognise the value of shifting their legacy infrastructure to the cloud.\nWhat is your favourite networking situation? No specific situation \u2013 but with the travel I\u2019ve found that you meet really interesting people in many different places \u2013 airport lounges, trade shows and conferences \u2013 even hotel bars.\nWhat will you do when you retire? To be honest, I don\u2019t ever think about it. Retirement is a strange concept these days. I\u2019ll always be doing something, it will probably involve some sort of technology, but I can\u2019t imagine being in a situation where one day I just stop.\nSend feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org\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.