Charlie Green

Co-founder, The Office Group

In today's multi-faceted and demanding world, it’s often difficult to cut through the noise so that we can spend our valuable time and energy on the things that truly count.

Those who are able to do so have engineered a simplistic and systematic approach towards everyday life by asking what’s most essential at every junction and crossroad. We chat with entrepreneur, Charlie Green to discover and understand what's most essential so that we can all lead meaningful lives.

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What makes you different to some of the other co-working spaces out there?

Charlie

If you look around, we design every building individually. So, we’re thinking about a really authentic story and narrative for each building. We’re looking at the architecture, we’re looking at the local environment, who are the people going to use it. I think that level of consideration sets us apart from the competition.

Lestrange

What is the one thing you’d like to remove from your life but you can’t seem to let go of?

Charlie

Social media would be good to lose in my life.

Lestrange

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you be doing?

Charlie

I’d quite liked to have been a writer. My sister is a writer, and so I think it’s in the genes. But also I think I would have quite liked to have been a comedy writer. Not a stand up comic, that’s an entirely different thing, but a comedy writer would, I think, have been a lot of fun.

Lestrange

What work of art – that can be literature, film, music – has had the biggest influence on you?

Charlie

‘The Office’ TV show. As a work of art – and it’s a work of art – the satire of that subject and how they were able to communicate that was, in a way, kind of inspirational because it was hyperbole, right, it exaggerated office life. But, there was something about that whole time and era that pushed us to do what we did, so it definitely influenced us.

Lestrange

What’s the one possession you’d save in a fire?

Charlie

So, I have a 1963 Submariner Rolex, which my Dad gave me. He always said ‘I’m going to give you this when I die’. And, actually, 20 years ago I was really unwell, and I think he thought I was going to die before him. So, he came to the hospital and said ‘I want you to have this’. I said ‘Dad, I’m not going to die! It’s fine’. But I took it, anyway, and it’s a special piece.

Lestrange

What’s your number one marker of a good friendship?

Charlie

Compassionate honesty. So someone that can tell you what you need to hear but do it in the right way.

...the realisation that you have one life and I think the ability to recall that often is important.

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Lestrange

What’s something you are grateful for?

Charlie

Actually, when I was in the hospital that time when I was unwell – it was pretty life-threatening and very scary. It took me a long time to recover from it. But, what I came away with was the realistation that you have one life and I think the ability to recall that often is important. So it’s a realistation that drives you to make sure you make the most of it.

Lestrange

What’s the one thing you wish you started earlier?

Charlie

I think the need to be present and the need to be mindful and the appreciation of something that’s a little deeper than surface satisfaction – that kind of came to me quite late.

Lestrange

What’s essential to you?

Charlie

A wise uncle once said to me ‘don’t be clever, be wise’. He was a businessman and I took that to mean: don’t be greedy, don’t be clever, be fair, and treat people in the right way. That’s essential, that I and we as a business are treating people in the right way. And if you do that it comes back to you as well.

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