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7 Questions with Ladan
Current title: Member of the board
Current organisation: Farzanegan Group
I have graduated in Industrial Engineering with 25 years experience in Automotive and other industries.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
I’ve worked about 25 years in different companies as a manager or director and nothing was more challenging than management of external parameters which affected the company.
Actually, Risk management as a part of all company functions is a major issue and correct prediction of all political, social and economical conditions is very important for driving the company in the right direction.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I joined a holding company about 15 years ago as a Business development director to create a new production line and a whole new factory for producing downstream of their products. The project should be finished in 2 years. After the project was successfully finished and the production lines started to produce new products, the owner and the board of directors of the holding company interviewed me for the CEO role and it was my pleasure that they decided to entrust me.
It was the start of my journey as a CEO and then Member of the Board.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I wake up at 6:00 a.m. every day, take a shower and go to work.
Starting my working day with reading newsletters for about 15 minutes , then checking my mailbox , reading the Reports, talking to my colleagues ,attending meetings and so on.
If everything is alright, I will be back home at about 18:00 .
Cooking dinner, talking to my daughter , doing some exercises or going for a walk and checking social media.
It is a routine working day of my life.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Recently, I have studied “ Radical candor: be a Kick-Ass Boss without losing your humanity “ by Kim Scott and it was a nice book .
After finishing the book, the most important question that I asked myself is how should the company be ready and dealing with human resources development concepts and what is my responsibility as a board member in this area.
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 have studied “ The 15 commitments of conscious leadership: A new paradigm of sustainable success “ by Diana Chapman and 2 others.
What is learned from this book is the best of my learnings during my life : “ Change begins and continues in my heart, the universe and humanity is United and I am responsible for my being and my impacts not only on my company and my family but also on whole of the world,
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
It is actually the most difficult thing in your job as a board member. You should teach them through your behavior. You should always be honest and show the right direction to them by talking to them.
You should remind them of the core values of the company to them by telling stories of other people or other companies to them.
You should transfer your experiences to them and want them to make theirs.
The leadership passes through people's hearts.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
I remember when I started my job as a woman in the role of a CEO of an industrial company
Approximately no one believes me except BOD members.
One day one of the factory workers came to me and told me : “ You are so young. I recommend you to go home and allow your husband to come here and be our Boss. How could a woman be a boss for 200 men ?”
I was shocked and since it was my first experience as a top manager I didn’t know what I should say to him. So, I only smiled and said nothing. After 2 years of hard work , the same man came to me and apologized for what he said previously.
This is a simple story but it taught me that I can change the wrong judgement of others only through hard work and build a strong company with a bright future for all staff.