Judge Sessions with LongView, Fullstack and Art Processors

20 October, 2022
Judge Sessions with LongView, Fullstack and Art Processors | News | Pause Awards
George Hedon, founder and CEO, Pause Fest & Awards
George Hedon
20 October, 2022

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspiration and lessons learned in their professional careers and beyond.

In this episode, George Hedon, Founder of Pause Awards, speaks with Tom Leyden (CIO at LongView), Stuart Reynolds (CEO at Fullstack) and Vanessa Doake (Chief People Officer at Art Processors) They discussed key skills needed to succeed in business, their personal notions of success, industry foresights and more.


For our third round of judges interviews, George dove right into asking what the judges thought were some key skills for excellence in business.

Compassion and humanity into the work you do is key. Having a humanistic approach before anything you do, that truly sets a business up for immense success.

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

The most important skill I’ve seen is having the ability to articulate your vision and get people in on it. To attract the right people by being able to share your vision, and it’s not always easy.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

I agree. Being able to bring people along for the ride by showing your vision and aligning them with it, empowering them with the ability to execute on that vision – that’s super important.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

Discussing what success meant to the three of them, they said:

Success is ultimately the ability to take care of others and yourself. Be it spiritual success, material success, or in a social sense. Personally speaking, it’s about how you can help lift society up.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

Success is about impact. Creating impact for people who work in my organisation and designing workplaces that are in favour of the people who work in your organisation is extremely motivating. And more broadly speaking, from a female perspective, success is really about maintaining a sense of independence.

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

It works in two parts. One, is contributing to a positive impact on society, whether locally or globally. And two, it’s about not sacrificing personal relationships – maintaining a strong foundation with your family, friends, and coworkers.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

George then delved into what business advice the trip had heard that they would pass on to others:

Hire the best people – those who align to your vision. That’s my number one advice.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

Thinking about work-life balance in a different way. Knowing that different aspects of life take priority at different times. So re-framing the idea of work-life balance and knowing that only one spoke of the wheel hits the road at once.

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

Don’t chase the latest trends that pop into your social feeds, and don’t constantly look at your competitors. Because ultimately, you must carry the leadership of your company and look at your own unique value proposition.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

Talking about their foresight into the industries they work in, the trio said:

It’s time to go past the borders. There’s a scarcity of talent at the moment, and the talent you’re after might not necessarily be around the corner anymore. Which is why it’s time for entrepreneurs to see how they can form and scale a global team.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

I second that. People are now looking globally and finding new ways to engage and attract people. It’s not just about throwing money at them, but instead creating new team dynamics that can create new tools and products for society.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

Something that I’ve noticed changing is the onus on organisations to weigh in and solve more social issues – be it in reproductive health, or looking at menstrual leave differently, or in a broad sense, more support for carers. Had these things been weighed on at the start of my career 10-15 years ago, things would have been different.

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

Before George got to the quick fire questions, he asked the judges where they’d like to be in 3 years:

Honestly, I just want to be working somewhere warm!

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

I’d love to see the work that we do continuing overseas.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

I want to make an actual dent – make a positive impact on housing affordability and really get the wheels moving in that space.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

The judges went on to share personal anecdotes, their favourite smar-thome devices, and things that round their lives off, leading to personal fulfilment.

Check out the full conversation below.

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The Culture track seeks entries that exemplify the development of an inclusive and collaborative workplace culture, crucial for organisational success and growth. Submissions should illustrate transformative strategies implemented across core business functions, reflecting expertise, leadership, and a clear vision. These strategies should demonstrate a positive impact on the business, its employees, stakeholders, and customers, showcasing how a nurturing culture contributes to overall growth and innovation.

The Excellence track celebrates businesses that have demonstrated remarkable success and impact within their industry, regardless of their size. Entries for this category should illustrate how the business's strategic execution, guided by visionary leadership and exceptional expertise, has significantly influenced the industry. The focus will be on the tangible outcomes of these strategies, highlighting the company's ability to innovate, lead, and leave a lasting impression in its field.

The Good track is focused on recognising companies dedicated to their mission of creating a positive societal impact. Entries should highlight innovative solutions aimed at addressing global challenges such as environmental sustainability, social equity, and community well-being. Successful submissions will demonstrate how their initiatives contribute to significant changes, tackling issues like gender inequality, social imbalance, and injustice, thereby setting a precedent for responsible and impactful business practices.

Awarded to a single entry in a category, Grand Prix is the top accolade in that category. To win the Grand Prix, the entire Judging Board must unanimously agree that the entry deserves the accolade of being the best in that category.

The Growth track is about showcasing how businesses have enhanced productivity and execution to make a significant impact in their market. Entries should highlight innovative strategies that have optimised the customer journey, leading to increased engagement and commercial success. This track is for those who have effectively used their understanding of the market and customer needs to scale their business and achieve notable growth.

The Operators track seeks entries that showcase leadership in fostering innovation within their ecosystems. Ideal submissions will highlight how your initiatives have catalysed the creation of new products or services, bolstered by a culture that uplifts internal teams and the wider community. This track celebrates those who drive progress by empowering voices and forging transformative connections in their industry.


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  • Diverse Co.

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  • Small & Mighty Culture New

    Applauds small teams of fewer than 50 employees for their remarkable ability to foster innovation and set new benchmarks in their domain.

  • Work Sweet Work

    Acknowledges companies that have achieved extraordinary employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention, creating an exemplary workplace culture.

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  • Customer Obsessed New

    Applauds prioritisation, understanding and meeting the needs and expectations of their customers, including feedback, personalised services and ensuring high satisfaction.

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  • On the Rise

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  • Prodigy

    Recognises young visionaries under 30 with outstanding talents and achievements, setting them apart in their fields.

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  • Women in Business

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  • Going Green

    Acknowledges companies leading large-scale sustainable initiatives, addressing critical areas like clean energy and environmental justice.

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    Honours strategic partnerships and alliances with other businesses to leverage complementary strengths, access new markets, and share resources for synergistic growth and innovation.

  • Design First

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  • Going Global New

    Applauds companies that have expanded their reach globally, showcasing exceptional growth and international success.

  • Great Pivot

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  • Next Level New

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  • Wildfire

    Celebrates companies that have rapidly and significantly impacted their marketplace, online and offline, setting new standards for success.

  • Angel

    Honours visionary angel investors who've significantly contributed to early-stage startups, guiding them toward success.

  • C-Suite

    Recognises exceptional leadership qualities in high-ranking executives, showcasing their management and interpersonal excellence.

  • Creative Maverick New

    Honours unconventional thinkers with exceptional abilities to execute typically unimaginable initiatives, expertly coordinate teams, secure funding or successfully launch multiple ventures.

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  • Future Builder

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  • Quiet Achiever New

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  • Visionary New

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