The Rules

1: What time do you like to be at your desk?
Between 8.30 and 9:00, but I start when I wake up with my iPhone and my email.

2: What’s the best place to prepare leaders: at an MBA school or on the job?
On the job. I’m not saying MBA school isn’t good but if you don’t have the fibre to be a manager or a leader you won’t find it at school.

3: How do you describe your management style?
Decentralised. My management team needs autonomy. I can’t make every decision.

4: Are difficult decisions best taken by one person?
Sometimes you have to say ‘it’s going to be like this’, but I prefer to make important decisions with my team.

5: Do you read management books?
No. I don’t think I ever have. I once read a business book about sponsorship but that related specifically to an event I was working on.

6: Do you want to be liked or respected?
It’s natural to want to be liked, but for a leader respect is more important.

7: What does your support team look like?
Passionate. Some are passionate about cycling, others about their job. For me, passion is worth a lot.

8: What technology do you carry on a trip?
I stay posted on my iPhone.

9: Do you run in the morning? Have wine with lunch? Socialise with your team after work?
I don’t run, I’ll have wine, but not with lunch. I don’t often socialise after work – only on special occasions. I go home to my family.

10: What would your key management advice be?
Be efficient. Don’t be a functionary who takes five days to get something done. If you can do it now, do it now. Also, stay grounded and always remember your core goals.

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