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7 Questions with Vasiliki Kolntou

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7 Questions with Vasiliki Kolntou

Name: Vasiliki Kolntou

Current title: Founder and CEO

Current organisation: Tutor Supply Ltd

Since graduating from the University of Sunderland, Vasiliki has gone on to own an educational support service catering for communities, schools and businesses across the UK with a global perspective. She is the Founder and CEO at Tutor Supply Ltd based in Sunderland.

Prior to this, Vasiliki was a teacher for many years where one of her biggest challenges has been catering for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties and ensuring that they receive the best possible support they can from schools.

7 Questions with Vasiliki Kolntou

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

Growth and quality is the next challenging area for any CEO of a company. First, you need to ensure you have the strategic infrastructure to expand and then, to continue and supply quality services to people.

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

Having taught in schools for many years, I found that administrative pressures were taking away the fun from the profession when all I really ever wanted to do was teach and provide quality provision. Having been headhunted by many private schools in the process, I decided that the only way to provide quality education to those in need was through tutoring. So, once I established my name in the community, my client list was too big to handle b y myself; it was time to start recruiting. From 3 teachers nearly 5 years ago, I now review thousands of CVs each week. I am in a constant recruitment mode. I just love my job.

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

I plan ahead. I make a mind note of the 3 most important things the night before. I get up really early, execute the most important administrative tasks, then roll on with management. I plan in 3s-by 11am, I will have a break and work until 2. Once I stop working then it all stays behind until the next day- the rest of the day is family time.

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

Positivity and compassion is the key to a happy leadership and positive working culture.

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?

To Kill A Mocking Bird. Everyone is equal.

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

Involving employees is important. Being aware of your staff needs is crucial in moving further in your organisation. Building pathways for development in an inclusive manner is life changing.

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

Nothing is a story but an experience. I always remind myself where I come from and the hard work I put into where I am now. Nothing is coincidental. The biggest story one can ever tell is their own story. Look at your own context. Praise yourself no matter how minimal or big step you have made.