7 Questions with Tunç Akyurt
Name: Tunç Akyurt
Current title: Group Ceo
Current organisation: Global Kapital Group
I am an experienced financial services professional with in-depth and hands-on experience around USA & EMEA & Asia regions both as an executer at C-levels including CEO role as well as management consulting partner for many financial services clients.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Being a multitasker and dealing with many issues at the same time People management across many cultures and backgrounds Cultural transformation
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
After indepth and hands on experience for about 20 years I got hired through a executive headhunter agency
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I try to schedule my day in advance with preset slots for spesific meetings, workshops or even free thought times to solve pending problems
4. What’s the most recent significant leadership lesson you’ve learned?
You have to lead by example not by speeches or emails etc
You have to treat everyone with respect and integrity
You have to lead with fair and emotional intelligence
You have to know all details about your business model
5. What one book has had the most profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Hacking leadership by Mike Myatt. After reading it I tried to apply the suggested leadership behavior at my workplave and see myself grow personally
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Leading a structured cultural transformation and leadership development program helps a lot. Identifying the rising stars and investing in them for leadership development is a must have. Giving constructive feedback to your C-levels is also important.
7. If you had to pick just one story, what would be the most meaningful story from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
When I was walking through the floors of our headquarters and stopping by at peoples desks and asking how they are and whether they need any help from the ceo, I can’t tell you how surprised but also happy and excited they would react to me! This was mot something they have seem during 5-6 years before my time and everyone would feel great after my stopby’s and little chats with them. As a leader you should be humble and treat everyone with respect and integrity !