James Trevelyan

What is your best advice for people on how to recruit great team members?

Diversity. A great team begins with a diverse bunch of people who all think differently, each bringing something special and unique. Next is a supportive and collaborative culture that brings individuals face to face to understand how to help each other. Third is a systematic approach that helps everyone understand what needs to be done, where they fit in and how to contribute. Fourth is leadership, keeping the objective clearly in view so everyone understands, and ensuring that no one is left behind, unsupported. With these pre-requisites, nearly everyone can be a great team member.

About James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and start-up entrepreneur. As founder and inventor of Close Comfort, he is introducing new energy-saving, low emissions air conditioning technology for a global market. His research on engineering practice helped define the Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His books “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and “Learning Engineering Practice” are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. He is best known internationally for pioneering research on sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He has worked as an expert witness on several significant intellectual property matters in Australia and internationally. He has also managed his family investment portfolio for several decades and has advised family investment companies in the UK and Australia.

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