Max#48: Tom Needs – Rackspace

Welcome back to episode 48 of the Maximise Potential Podcast.

In this episode we’ve managed to catch up with a senior international manager responsible for over 700 customers, in excess of 200 staff, who are spread throughout 135 countries.

Tom Needs has enjoyed a progressive and extremely rewarding career and in our interview today openly shares his experiences of being a manager, how he developed his management style, what has personally driven him to progress his career and the importance of finding a working culture that reflected his own personal values.

It’s not too often that you have the opportunity to hear a senior executive discuss these issues in such depth, so please enjoy…

Key messages from Tom:

As I mentioned at the beginning of this interview, it’s a rare opportunity to hear a senior executive talk so openly, in such depth and with so much passion about their career, role and organisition.

Instead of drawing on several points from Tom’s interview, I’ve chosen just one – purpose.

This was a word that Tom referred back to several times throughout the interview, expressing how important it was for him to understand his own purpose and how that gave meaning to why he (at the most basic level) got up each day and gave his best.

Out of interest, I wonder how many of us have given much thought about our own purpose, or the purpose of our role at work? It would be an interesting exercise to undertake and to even involve your team within.

Tom Needs, it was a pleasure to have you on the podcast and thank you very much for sharing so much with us.

Listen to the interview:

LIVE EVENT – see Vanessa speak in person:

Rate the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes:

Interview Transcription:


About the Author

Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!