A widely renowned entrepreneur, Hamish McLaren’s most recent endeavor has allowed him to apply his sharp business acumen to bring some of the most innovative concepts and ideas to reality. As the founder and president of McLaren & Associates Consulting, McLaren has applied his own professional philosophies to the countless endeavors presented by his firm’s clientele, demonstrating the continued efficacy of the core practices that earned him such widespread acclaim. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Wharton School of Business, Hamish McLaren has enjoyed a run of entrepreneurial success that has lasted several decades with no signs of slowing down.
1. What do you do for work?
After founding and running several companies over the years, I have since taken a step back from those endeavors to solely focus on consulting. I founded McLaren & Associates Consulting with the goal of working with aspiring entrepreneurs, with a particular focus on supporting the most creative and innovative endeavors.
2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
Working with the up-and-coming entrepreneurs of this generation is energizing and inspiring, and in pursuing this line of work it is my sole purpose to help this new generation of entrepreneurs succeed by lending my guidance and expertise.
3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
I feel comfortable defining my own entrepreneurial career as an unqualified success, so there is a lot I can share with others to help them enjoy a similar level of success as they pursue their own entrepreneurial endeavors.
4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Canberra, Australia?
Although I split my time between several cities all over the world, Canberra has always seemed warm and inviting each time I return. It is a city that always brings a smile to my face.
5. What do you do for recreation?
I play golf on a regular basis, but I also enjoy sailing and fishing.
6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I recently spent some time in the US, and I would really like to explore the Pacific Northwest sometime in the near future.
7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
As I mentioned, I am an avid golfer. I’d much rather play or watch golf than play or watch any of the other sports we enjoy here in Australia.
8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
From a business perspective, I’ve come to admire the work of Naomi Simson and Daniel Flynn.
9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
Although there are many fine travel guides for tourists, first-timers are much better off relying on the advice and guidance of local residents in the area in which they are visiting.
10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?
After being paired up at the golf course with a couple of businessmen from the United States, I noticed that both kept setting up to hit a fade but were aiming as though they were playing a draw. Following several errant tee shots, I broke away from traditional etiquette and offered some advice. Apparently, someone had told these gentlemen that the Southern Hemisphere affected ball-flight and caused a fade to play like a draw and vice-versa. They played much better once they began ignoring these silly and entirely non-existent hemispheric factors.