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CAREERS - SPOTLIGHT

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Mike Harries, Dorset CC...
Mike Harries, Dorset CC

What one possession says most about you and why?

My collection of ties - bright and bold, optimistic and slightly over-the-top at times.

What's more important - job satisfaction or money?

Job satisfaction - I love my job; the challenges required to balance a service's needs from a property with the planning constraints can be enormously rewarding (as well as frustrating).

Who would you invite

to a fantasy dinner party?

John Peel, Jeremy Clarkson and Germaine Greer and other 'Grumpy old men and women' (together with my wife and a few close friends).

What have you learned recently that would be useful to others?

When things aren't going well, talk, don't write or email. Personal contact can salvage seemingly lost situations, when alternatives would fail.

If local government had a theme tune, what would it be?

Given the number of central government initiatives The hokey-cokey springs to mind, otherwise: Simply the best.

What maxim do you use to see you through the tough times?

Be happy - think positive (I have it as my phone's welcome message too).

Describe your best ever day at work?

The one where I finish my to-do list. But it has not happened yet.

Suit or jeans?

Jeans, whenever possible.

If the office was on fire what three things would you take with you?

My desk blotter (it has my family pictures within it); my dictionary (words fascinate me); my hat

(a Fedora).

What would be your epitaph?

'He made a difference.'

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