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Name: Madiyar Sultanov
Title: CEO & Founder
Organisation: Plat Education
Ex-Head of emerging Fintech product ZoodPay in Uzbekistan. More than 10 years of experience in Banking and Fintech industry.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Balancing between strategic company vision and sync up with the core operational team. As leaders, we always try to keep the team motivated and keep rocking non-stop but if we fail to be transparent or lose the proper involvement of the basic team it destroys the unity of the team and as a result, we have scattered teams.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
The moment when you realize that you're making a shift from manager to leader is when you start to understand that reaching the targets is not the only thing that is crucial. More important to reach this target with people and understand that you are not able to reach this target without them and you are the one organism. I started noticing this part while building a team last 2 companies at a challenging period of time when people around me and their involvement became so massive. Initially, I thought that I did something wrong that people shifted their efforts beyond their business hours and showed their complete dedication to our results. But later on, while analyzing this I understood that it was the results of close and transparent work and common goals between myself and a team.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
First thing in the morning is a meditation, greeting the sun, and affirmations. The second one is a family breakfast and day planning for all family members. The first thing in the office is business planning. The first part of the day is dedicated to team, analysis, and brainstorming. the second part of the day is mainly meetings and routine jobs. EOD is dedicated to daily achievement and things we need to change tomorrow. Evening is family and sport time.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Grow your people and let them make important decisions as well.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Ray Dalio - Principles.
the impact was huge but one of the important things related to Ray Dalio is once you made a decision keep it with frequent grooming but keep going in that direction. We need to have principles and frameworks and delegation of decisions to be made by your team is one of them.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
You will gro faster if you will help your people grow. Listen to people around you.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
There was a period of time when I had my middle-aged crisis and it affected all aspects of my life and core thing my Leader did everything to help me and just gave me all tools that can help me and gave me time to solve them, but when I passed it and realized that its time to move forward and my own team I got the very big support from him. The standard manager would react completely differently.