After completing his Graduate Certificate of Accounting, Lindsay Spencer-Matthews went on to succeed in business and lead a variety of teams.
Interview with Lindsay Spencer-Matthews
Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
I remember the course very much meeting my needs of ‘waking up’ my left brain. As a mature age student, I found the staff helpful and flexible and when I later went on to teach at University I drew on my experiences at Deakin in an attempt to make myself a better educator.
What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
My studies at Deakin were the last of those I formally undertook. In the years since I have used the knowledge and skills to succeed in business and to lead teams. I consulted in organisational psychology, lectured to MBA level, became successful in my own private business and today comfortably operate a solo psychological practice. I’m an author and a public speaker as well as a Psychologist, Executive Mentor and Coach. I’ve also recently managed to cross off my bucket list the privilege of giving a TED talk (How to be the Luckiest Person in the World).
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
The biggest influence on my career was my professional supervisor William Lonsdale Morton. This incredibly intelligent man laid the foundation for most of my corporate and psychological philosophies.
Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
Psychology was serendipitously brought into my life in my mid-thirties. I was at the end of a career phase and a chance conversation with a psychologist was the catalyst for what proved to be a life changing decision.
What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
The making of a good psychologist is life experience. Lean into life with enthusiasm and the intent to gather experience, anecdotes and examples and always be open to learning.
What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
Given that I was open minded and motivated when I attended Deakin my time there was an integral part in guiding the path my life was taking. The culture and openness at Deakin stimulated the pace of change in my life.
What are your passions outside your work?
My family, tennis and living healthily to 110 years of age.
How would someone describe you?
I would probably be best described as challenging! I deeply distrust the status quo and that sees me question many things that ordinary people might take for granted. The end result is that I am a reasonably effective change agent.
Is there any advice you would give to a person who is starting out in your career?
Take risks, seek feedback, and be relentlessly curious.
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What is something that amazes you?
The fact that my wife has put up with me for 28 years!
Is there anything else you’d like to add we haven’t covered?
Whilst it is sometimes difficult to identify what they are, and in what order they exist, our values are almost always the answer to everything. Given that my goal in life is to change the way people think, if I can get people thinking about their Values Hierarchy then I will have made a difference.