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7 Questions with Alfredo Solarte

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7 Questions with Alfredo Solarte

Name: Alfredo Solarte

Current title: Owner

Current organisation: XL Ideas

53 years old, married & father of 3
Founder & manager of XL Ideas, consulting and training company in LA, since 2013
Industrial Engineer & MIM

7 Questions with Alfredo Solarte


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Ensuring common understanding of true north, developing the ability to pursue it and sustaining engagement to do so

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I worked for 17 years in a company, grew with it, was accountable for several roles along the way and finally achieved a general responsibility

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

6AM Personal & family activities in order for all to be ready for work and school
7AM virtual work
12PM personal & family time to rest & lunch
2PM virtual work
6PM personal & family time, including dinner, conversation, rest, distractions etc
10-11PM sleep
This will happen from Monday to Friday

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

The more you lead the more you must teach. The most scarce but most significant role of a leader is to become a vehicle for others to learn, develop and perform

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?

The Toyota Way never gets old, and now we have the 2021 edition. Lessons of how to lead from those who have shown how to do it successfully for decades. Impact, performance, loyalty and so on, signs of real success vis-a-vis only profit approaches.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

By example as a first
But to do so you must find something and someway you truly believe, otherwise it comes out as fake Show others by engaging directly

Showing acceptance of the process of learning which is not linear nor free of trial and error
Demanding engagement from others, having candor for good and bad situations and circumstances Giving respectful but direct feedback
Trying hard, never giving up, going all the way

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

Transforming people from “can’t” to “did”
People told me something was not possible, and despite the doubts and hardships, many times they themselves showed me and others how to accomplish

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