Q1: Please introduce yourself and give your potted career history to date.
HI my name is Ruth Waring FCILT, I have worked in the transport industry since 1989. I am the MD of a consultancy firm called Labyrinth and I do a mixture of client work and managing the team. I have worked in the retail, automotive and book distribution sectors in the past and have been self employed since Jan 2002. I am also the Founder of Women in Logistics UK.
Q2: What is the most rewarding thing about your career?
The variety is amazing – I can be developing an app one day (have a look at www.silk-thread.co.uk) and going off to sell it, and doing a safety audit at a client the next day. I also love the vibrancy of the sector and the people you get to meet.
Q3: What is your favourite part of your day?
I love all of it! I have just moved into offices (having worked from home for 13 years) and I love getting into “my” office and sorting out what I need to do that day.
Q4: What is your primary measure of success?
Happiness and a feeling of reaching my potential. For me it’s all about wanting to get out of bed in the morning,
Q5: When you’re having a really bad day but you have to just keep going, what do you tell yourself?
It doesn’t happen very often but I focus on what I have achieved. It’s so easy to focus on the bad stuff when , if you looked on your life from the outside, you could see what amazing things you have done. I think this is true for lots of people.
Q6: Did you have role models when you were younger? Do you still have them now? Who were/are they and why?
My mum was my main role model – she was a successful journalist. My role models now are Clare Bottle and Beverley Bell.
Q7: What advice would you give your younger self?
To have greater self belief and don’t worry so much about what other people think.
Q8: What advice would your younger self give you?
Enjoy it all!
Q9: What does the word ‘balance’ mean in your life and how do you achieve it?
Work hard and play hard – and enjoy everything that life has to offer. There doesn’t need to be a wall between home and work – if you’re happy and your family are happy – that’s fine. I don’t do guilt!