|Greg Allnutt relaxing|
Greg Allnutt is a good Southern Man who over a 20 plus year career as an Army Officer achieved a lot of things. His book "Keeping the Peace - A Kiwi's Modern Conflict Experience" is a great read about his time in the Army and overseas on a number of operational tours. I asked Greg to take some time and answer a few questions so you can get to know him a bit better;
When did you know you were destined to be a soldier? From an early age my parents would have described me as Army mad – for some unknown reason it always interested me and I loved going to the army displays at the A&P shows to see the weapons and ask a million questions, reading about and playing ’war’.
What are the 3 biggest things you learnt during your time in the Army?
1. People are your biggest asset and they define your organisations culture and results – get rid of those that don’t fit and seek to get talent.
2. If people are passionate, trying hard, taking risks and learning from their mistakes it is all you can ask – I value those traits.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff and appreciate what you have.
What is your favourite meal? After many trips to Southeast Asia I love a good curry – especially roti chanai for breakfast in Singapore.
What is your favourite drink? A good strong coffee in the morning and a nice lager to finish a hard day’s work – currently liking the Japanese beer Asahi.
You are a Southern man through and through. What do you love the most about living in the South Island of NZ? The proximity to the outdoors be it the mountains or the sea to appreciate nature and our great country. I also like the small country town values we were bought up on around integrity, hard work, ingenuity to solve problems and having a bit of fun.
|Greg's book cover.|
Tell me something no one knows about you? I am a closet ‘greeny’ and love anthropology - so I love documentaries and reading on nature, the environment and the history of mankind, our cultures and our affect on the environment – yes I am a closet geek. Oh I am also an atheist and struggle to bite my tongue.
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be and why?
a. My wife’s dad (he is deceased) - so he could meet his grandchildren.
b. Charles Darwin – he was a great mind of his time and I would love him to see where science has taken his theory – he could bring along Richard Dawkins and the conversation would be electric.
c. Barak Obama – to a chat about his leadership challenges around the environment, gun control and the economy.
Favourite movie & why? The girl with the dragon tattoo – just fresh, raw, intense drama.
Favourite author and why? Ken Follet is my favourite novelist – all of his stories are gripping dramas while the subject matters varies greatly.
What do you do to relax? I go for a surf and get a moment of zen just sitting waiting for a wave – I think I am an active relaxer – if its not surfing then its a mountain bike or run to get headspace.
You can read more about Greg's book in the blog I recently wrote entitled "Keeping the Peace: Someones Got to Do It (link here).
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