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Five minute interview: Neil Robertson, CEO, Compleat Software

What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom?
Best: A VP at Great Plains advised me to buy stock in Great Plains just before it floated on the NASDAQ, they went from $16 to $68.
Worst: A broker told me to sell Misys shares in 1993 at £5.50 - they went to £32.

What is the best book you have read?
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Tell us something most people do not know about you
I build and fly large radio controlled aircraft.

What temptation can you not resist?
A fourth pint after I finish the third.

What is your most elusive goal?
A sensible work/home balance.

Where is the one place you would like to visit before you die - and why?
Nirvana - why not?

What do you just have to do before you die?
Play golf with my sons at Augusta, because it is the ultimate golfing challenge and we would have a laugh.

Which bit of technology would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
A laptop with internet connection - who wants the e-mail backlog when you get picked up?

Who helped you get to where you are today?
My wife - she has put up with the hours, the huge amount of travel and the stress.

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?
A Peugeot 404 with a column gear change and a bench front seat. I now drive a Lexus and don't need the bench front seat.

What do you believe in most?
Enabling people to exceed their expectation of themselves enables businesses to do the same.

Do you have any pets? What are they and what are their names?
I have two Burmese cats called Chilli and Pepper.

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be and why?
Gordon Brown - how simple would life seem after that?

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Any religious fanatic.

Describe yourself in one sentence
A certifiable optimist who believes the impossible is just another challenge.

Why are you good at your job?
I enable people to exceed their own expectations of themselves and build teams that do the same.

If you were shipwrecked, who would you like to have with you?
My family - we could all do with an extended seaside break.

Name three items (smaller than a fridge) that you would like to have with you if you were shipwrecked
TV with Xbox and generator - my kids could not live without it.

If a grizzly bear and a silverback gorilla decided to have a no holds barred fight, which would you put your money on and why?
Gorilla - more mobile, more intelligent and probably as strong.

Do you prefer cities or the countryside?
Countryside - I like the space and the peace. Cities are for business.

Describe your perfect night out
A Friday night down our local pub with the neighbours - not exciting, but a great way to wind down.

What would be your perfect holiday?
Playing golf with my sons at the best course on earth, then meet up with my wife and daughter.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?
An eagle.

Sum up the IT channel in one sentence
The greatest opportunity to build global businesses, once you understand that partnership is a two-way street and focus on becoming the easiest, most profitable thing they do.

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