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7 Questions with Joseph Crepaldi

Name: Joseph Crepaldi

Current title: Managing Director

Current organisation: Crescendo Partners

Joseph has over 30 years experience as strategy consultant, executive in consulting firms and large listed companies, as well as a Board member of several organisations. As, of late, he is also working creatively as a film producer, writer and director.

7 Questions with Joseph Crepaldi

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

In the early stages of my senior career, the biggest challenge I had was timing. That is, the difference between how long I estimated a task would last, and the actual time it took to complete it (much longer). More recently, the challenge has been more one of creativity, I purposely started an activity on the side to promote continued learning and self development.

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

Very traditional path of subsequent promotions... and a bit of selection process between top candidates at the end... when the top post became vacant.

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

I wake up very early and often the first hours are the most productive. I have a schedule that I stick to in terms of planned meetings, and try to avoid overlapping meetings. I also try to also have a couple of unscheduled hours to give myself more flexibility

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

Not sure how recently I learnt this, but I believe true leaders need to be authentic and optimistic. And if you can transmit to a team a vision of harmony, respect and a few dreams... the whole organisational system works better.

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?

I do not have books of reference... Leaders that most inspired me are artists

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

Authenticity and optimism at various levels. Delegating a lot, praising success and tolerating (up to a point) wrong decision making. Letting go of negative resources and people who are not responsive.

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

When a new team was built and I observed they - totally on their own - decided to have lunch together every Friday. In that moment I understood they really cared about each other and our company