#05 Benjamin Quinlan - the CEO and Comedian on Why Nothing Succeeds As Planned
"When you do your first big punchline, and you have a crowd whiplashing and applauding...something happens to you. It's an out of body experience. That particular skillset is a good gift to give back to the world"
Ben is the Founder & CEO of Quinlan & Associates, an independent strategy consulting firm, specialising in the financial services industry. He set up the firm back in 2016 having paid his dues in the Investment Banking world at UBS and Deutsche Bank, and in the Management Consulting world with Oliver Wyman. You’ll often see Ben quoted for his market views on Bloomberg, CNBC, and Reuters. Ben is also heavily involved in the rapidly growing Fintech scene here in Asia and just a few days prior to recording this he
was elected as the new Chairman of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong.
The secret sauce that makes Ben unique is that come Friday night he leaves the boardroom, swaps his suit and tie for a t-shirt and jeans, and performs on stage as a Stand-up Comedian. He is a regular headliner at Comedy Clubs all across Asia, won the 2017 Hong Kong International Comedy Festival and has opened for a number of big international comedians on their Asian tours, including Russell Howard, Kevin Bridges and Tom Segura.
One of my favourite sayings is that clarity of speech, reflects clarity of thought, and in that regard, this episode is an absolute masterclass. We touch on many topics including:
- Ben's philosophy on leadership and building successful teams
- The importance of doing what you love
- The sacrifices involved in running your own business
- His worst ‘bomb’ on stage as a comedian
- How humour gives him an advantage in the workplace
- How watching his father live out his dream was the best lesson he ever got in what it means to live a successful life.
Benjamin Quinlan on LinkedIn
Quinlan & Associates
Comedian & Speaker Profile
TEDx - Creativity at your feet
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