FROM THE TOP: What is your personal definition of success? - Dido Harding, commercial director for added-value foods, Tesco

FROM THE TOP: What is your personal definition of success? - Dido Harding, commercial director for added-value foods, Tesco - I have always been extremely goal-focused. So at its simplest, success for me is reaching and over-achieving your goals. Yet that

by DIDO HARDING, commercial direction for added-value foods, Tesco
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I have always been extremely goal-focused. So at its simplest, success for me is reaching and over-achieving your goals. Yet that also begs the question of what your goals are. Both personally and in a business, it's important to have balanced goals. I'm very focused on my career goals but I try hard to balance that with my hobbies - for example, I want to race a horse round Aintree, and I have a simple goal of having a dog! At Tesco, we work hard to set balanced objectives for our teams by defining our goals and successes in four different areas: finance, customers, operations, and our people.

For me, the measure of success both in life and at a corporate level is to achieve across the board rather than over-achieving in one area and falling down in all the others.

After spells at McKinsey, Thomas Cook and Kingfisher, Dido Harding is now commercial director for added-value foods at Tesco. An amateur jockey, her horse Cool Dawn won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1998.

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