He’s recently been announced as the keynote speaker for Vapour’s ground-breaking Innovation & Disruption event in October 2018. But exactly who is Wayne Hoyle, what’s he got to say about tech and the business environment, and how is he going to top Ant Middleton’s gig from 2017? We reveal all of these answers and more, in this exclusive interview with the man himself…
For the benefit of people who haven’t met you, how would you introduce yourself, in no more than 10 words?
Forthright, yet humble, with a passion for bettering myself and others.
You spent more than 30 years in the Armed Forces – how has that shaped your character?
I learned the importance of a team. There is no place in any organisation for those that put themselves over the greater good.
And now you’re an ‘Extreme Leader’ which, as job titles go, is pretty impressive. What does that entail?
Primarily authenticity. We are a group of people who have actually led others through times of adversity to reach the highest levels in our particular disciplines.
If there’s one skill you need to be an extreme leader, what would you say that is?
I don’t think there is a particular skill, but there is a state of mind, and that is to relentlessly pursue excellence.
And how do you think that skill translates in the business environment?
All leadership skills translate in to all environments, be it business, sport, or the military.
Do you have any weaknesses?
No, I don’t like the word, because I don’t believe anybody is weak, however, we do all have limitations and vulnerabilities, and I have too many to list.
Are great leaders born or made?
Looking ahead to Innovation & Disruption 2018, what can guests expect to hear from you on October 18th?
I want to relay that the creation of a positive culture is important for any organisation.
Are you a tech fan?
I am an innovation fan. I think it is important that we continue to strive to find better methods of operating. This may involve the bringing together of older proven methods and modern thinking, including the utilisation of technical capability to improve performance. However, I am conscious that some crucial skills are being depleted because of an over reliance on tech. It’s not about replacing one with another – it’s about enhancing capability.
Why do you think you were approached to be the keynote speaker? You’re perhaps not the typical host of an event like this?
I have enjoyed watching the progress of Vapour, as the CEO is my cousin
Rumour has it you may have a special guest joining you too. What can you tell us about this?
Nothing at this stage – it’s just a rumour.
What one thing will you make sure you do in Leeds before you head home?
Make sure everybody that has a question, gets an answer. I might also have a beer with Tim.
What do you think of Vapour, based on what you know about them as a business?
Communication is vital to any group, and the integration of communications across a number of departments and functions will greatly enhance your capability. Vapour is facilitating exactly that!
Registration for Innovation & Disruption 2018 is now open. Find out what’s in store for Vapour’s second cutting-edge tech summit and how to get your hands on tickets, here.