The former head of Barclays Non-Core in the UK, Harry Harrison has been surging ahead with growth and business. He is actively involved in his young family’s life and supporting his spouse’s business endeavors. Along with family, Harrison has taken some time for self improvement by doing things such as yoga, learning French, and brushing up on golf. It all seems so different from the past financial duties in London, but the experience he brings from Barclays Non-Core is translating into consulting.
Harry Harrison worked his way through schools and ended up at Cambridge University where he completed his studies in financing. In the early years, he spent time working as a derivatives trader. After that, he became a manager and worked with teams involved in trading traders and fixed income sales.
With all of Harrison’s real-life knowledge, he may be the best person to ask about future trends. He comments on how information and technology are setting unheard of trends in areas such as the insurance arena. Financial technology is growing and creating innovative organizations. With past knowledge, he can advise young people. His thoughts resonate with enjoying the little things of daily tasks. Although the finish line is necessary, the steps along the way are just as valuable and maybe even more so. Keep contact with partners, customers, and others in your field on both a professional basis and personal. Harrison notes that it was his honor to be surrounded by these people, and he acknowledges some of his success to this network.
If you are looking for some financial tips, he graciously recommends keeping your eyes on technology in the financial sector as well as startup companies. He even will go so far as to mention a few by name: Flowers Foods an interesting baked goods company and TrovaGene, which focuses on cancer treatments. If you are looking for products he raves about himself, investigate the Waze app, which offers traffic updates and directional assistance.
Everything is not all technology for Harry Harrison. Like many of the greats, he picks up books on a variety of subjects. Some recent suggestions from him are Liar’s Poker, which centers on Wall Street, and a book written by Bill Gates entitled The Road Ahead. Other non-work related activities Harry Harrison participates in are yoga. He chooses yoga not only because his wife does but because the flexibility and mental benefits the exercises offer. For fun, he has had the pleasure of attending the US Open but confesses it may not be every person’s idea of a good time because of the high temperatures, but for him and his family, it was something to remember.
Harry Harrison has led an exciting life from the school days at Cambridge to the pressure-filled life of the financial world to now where he takes on the role of a father and a consultant. He has mastered the art of taking knowledge and using it to build teams, offer advice, and build networks of colleagues and friends. One of his self-professed favorite sayings from Carnegia is be happy with what you have.