Our People: Q&A with Consultant Sebastian Isabel
Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Sebastian Isabel is a Consultant at Emerson Health. We sat down with Sebastian and asked him to tell us more about himself. Read on to find out!
1. You've recently joined the Emerson Health network. Welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you, a little insight about myself is that I was born and raised in Adelaide but I’m currently based in Sydney, where I have lived for the past 3 years. Prior to joining Emerson Health, I’ve worked across three main industries; allied health, rehabilitation consulting and insurance. I highly value continued learning and in 2019 I completed my Masters of Business Administration. I’ve always been athletic and love having a kick of the soccer ball but a succession of injuries plagued my professional career… or at least that’s what I tell everyone.
2. You're an Exercise Physiologist by background, what made you decide to become a management consultant?
Throughout my time working in allied health, I was fortunate enough to be a member of several project teams where I developed a deep interest in project-based work, in particular performance improvement and strategic planning. Natural curiosity led me to undertake further study and pursue a career as a management consultant as I enjoy working on exciting projects that create lasting value with the opportunity to work alongside leaders in the healthcare industry.
3. What's something you learned about yourself in 2020?
2020 was a challenging year for everyone and required adaptability and perseverance during difficult times. What 2020 provided me was an opportunity for thankful reflection; while many people were significantly impacted by the global pandemic, I consider myself very lucky to have only been impacted in a minor way. Sometimes we get very caught up in our daily routine and don’t take the time for quiet reflection about what we are truly grateful for; so, a lesson learned in 2020 for me was to be more introspective and practice gratitude.
4. Who is someone you admire and why?
I have always admired my father. He immigrated to Australia at a young age from Spain, with very little money and not being able to speak English. From very humble beginnings he worked very hard to build a successful career as a surgeon. He is a constant source of inspiration for me and someone I challenge myself to emulate.
5. What books/publications do you read to keep up-to-date with information?
Over the years, I have become an avid reader of non-fiction and personally love reading business books, especially on topics of leadership and organisational change. I’ve also recently jumped on the podcast bandwagon. My current favourites are 'How I Built This' by Guy Raz, 'The Tim Ferris Show' and 'Impact Theory' by Tom Bilyeu.
6. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I’ve always been an early riser and more of a morning person than a night owl. I always try to keep myself busy, so whether it’s in my personal or professional life, a motivator for me is being able to work on something, see and measure the result and understand the impact it’s had. Knowing that you’re creating positive change, either in yourself or others, is a real motivator for me to get out of bed in the morning.