Harry Harrison is the former head of Barclays Non-Core in London. He held the position for three years through 2017. Harrison worked at Barclays for over 20 years. He has earned a Master of Philosophy in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a BS in Economics from the University of Warwick. He was interviewed by IdeaMensch, and the interview was posted in September, 2018.
With a focus on his entrepreneurship, Harrison responded to questions about creating and growing new companies. With his economics and finance degrees, he said that his interest in how companies work led him to Barclays Non-Core. He believes and has seen in action that the ideas of diversity, humility, and collaboration are required characteristics of any team that brings an idea to life. One trait that Harrison recommended for all entrepreneurs is to tackle problems as they arise and avoid creating long to-do lists. When it comes to growing a business that has already been formed, he thinks that innovation is the key to success.
In the realm of personal perspectives, Harrison disclosed that yoga is an activity he has recently started and that he spent $80.00 for a seat at the US Open in the sweltering heat, humidity, and sunshine. When asked about his typical day, Harrison responded that he does not have such a thing. He is taking a break from and exploring life outside of large financial institutions. He has loved being a stay-at-home dad for a five- and eight-year-old. That involves playdates, minor ailments and injuries, field trips, and homework assignments. In addition to the yoga, Harrison is working on his French and his golf game. He is also taking time to follow his favorite soccer team, and he believes that this year, as every year, could be West Ham United’s year in the Premier League.
Find out more about Harry Harrison: https://about.me/harryharrison