Name: Steven Michael Windmill
Organisation: Everest Assets Group
𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐫 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧, 𝟑𝐢, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌&𝐀 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 '𝐓𝐢𝐧𝐲' 𝐑𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝. 𝐅𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐊𝐏𝐌𝐆 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐰𝐂. 𝐑𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐝 𝐚𝐜𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐧𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐞.
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1. As a leader, how do you build trust with employees, customers and other stakeholders?
I set 'missions' with aims and objectives and intent. Then i leave them to get on with it (or so they think, as I make a point of dropping by, usually with coffee and cake, to assess progress)
2. What do 'VISION' and 'MISSION' mean to you? And what does it actually look like to use them in real-world business?
Vision: A long term picture of what i want the world/firm to look like in 5+ years.
Mission: A defined target, time bound, supported by a mix of aims and objectives ... but no micro management as to hoe they are all to be achieved.
3. How can a leader empower the people they're leading?
Set them 'missions' with aims and objectives and (my) intent. Then i leave them to get on with it (or so they think, as I make a point of routinely dropping by, usually with coffee and cake, to assess progress)
4. Who are some of the coaches or mentors in your life who have had a positive influence on your leadership? Can you please tell a meaningful story about one of them?
Bryn Edwards: He added to my MBA training by making meapply what I knew to the real world; observation (of premises and during meetings) and people watching where key.
General Sir Peter Wall: He taught me the value of brevity in the writing of orders and instructions. UK's greatest living General.
5. Leadership is often more about what you DON'T do. How do you maintain focus in your role?
Set Missions (see above) .... and dont micro manage.
6. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Everyone plans differently. How do you plan for the week, month and years ahead in your role?
Week: 80% of time filled. No more.
Month: 50% of my time filled in advance. Remainder as it arises.
Year: Keep it simple. The 1-Page Business Plan Rules. If you cant write it in 1-2 pages, you dont understand what you are writing.
7. What advice would you give to a young leader who is struggling to delegate effectively?
Give slightly more orders (and follow up time) than you are comfortable with giving. Your level of comfort will grow in time.