4xi Global Consulting & Solutions is delighted to welcome Peter Elden to our team following an exemplary career in the construction industry, and more recently in the facilities strategy and solutions space, delivering consulting, solutions, innovations, and technologies that ultimately drive a a better work experience, and impact the world of work for GOOD!
Welcome Peter, and thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Q1. Where are you from?
PE: I was born in Long Island NY and grew up in Westchester County, New Rochelle.
Q2. Where do you live now?
PE: San Francisco, in the Marina District of the City. I feel privileged having the ability to leave my home and right outside, on my doorstep, being able to get a good workout with incredible views whether it be running, biking, hiking - all great. Also being in walking distance of some of the country's most amazing and diverse restaurants is a BIG plus!
Q3. What was your journey to 4xi?
PE: I left Sodexo in July 2020. My former colleague, Ann McNally joined the 4xi team and referred me to the business. 4xi has compiled a global team of professionals with a multitude of experience that can provide significant support and positive impact to organizations. Simon and Barbara have done great work in forming the team, and I am super excited to join the 4xi team.
Q4. What do you see into the future of the world of work?
PE: Organizations will need to do greater analysis of their business, where its going, and determining how the employees fit into that future model. That could mean retraining, retooling skill sets of individuals to support the way organizations will operate in the future. As an example, robotics is playing a greater role in many organizations and will continue to do so. It will be critical for executives to determine how they can utilize employees for other high value roles, while allowing robots to handle the more repetitive and menial tasks.
Q5. What’s your ideal vacation?
PE: I love beach vacations. I love the U.S. Virgin Islands (especially St. John) but there are so many great places. I’m also a big fan of biking vacations having been to Croatia, Italy (Tuscany), and Bryce and Zion National Parks touring and exploring these locations by bike.
Q6. What’s your favorite past time?
PE: Golf is a favorite. Royal County Down, The European Club, Spyglass, and Streamsong top the list.
Q7. What’s your favorite restaurant and why?
PE: If there was ever a restaurant where you could have all you could eat lobster, that would be my favorite restaurant. I love everything that goes into taking apart a lobster, getting all the great meat and enjoying it.
Q8. Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party of 10, and why?
PE: My fiancée, and immediate family as I don’t get to see them enough.
Q9. Who stands out as the biggest influence in your career?
PE: My parents. My mother and father who taught me to be good to everyone. It was payback time when I was 5 years old and I rode up the chairlift with a stranger and they came over to my parents when we got off the chairlift, and said “See you tonight for dinner. Your son just invited me over” I do think it helped shape me in becoming very much a people person and developing strong relationships. From a coaching perspective, Jeff Zakaryan who guided me as part of a leadership development program I was a part of while at Fluor also had a very big impact.
Q10. What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
PE: I moved 14 times in the first 19 years of my career!
Q11. Desert Island Discs: What are your top 3 tracks of all time?
PE: Limelight (Rush), Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), Only the Good Die Young (Billy Joel).
Q12. If you could have superpowers, what would they be?
PE: Strength and being able to fly.
Q13. What are your passions and why?
PE: Work and play hard, enjoy life to the fullest, being with people. You just don’t know what’s around the corner so it’s important not to waste time. Enjoy today, tomorrow and every day.
Q14. If you could offer one piece of advice about the future of work?
PE: Be open to adapting to new ideas, new and improved ways of working. If there is one thing that COVID has taught us, is you must be flexible in your approach, be ready for everything and anything and don’t be single minded.
Q15. If you could fix one thing in the world what would it be?
PE: Hatred and misunderstanding. That’s at the root of all things bad!
Nice interview Peter, and welcome to the 4xi Team!
Peter Elden has a wealth of experience in facilities strategy and solutions, and driving innovation and technology to deliver operational, business, and financial impact. To learn more about how we can help you, visit our website at www.4xiconsulting.com, or contact Peter directly at PeterElden@4xiconsulting.com.
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