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7 Questions on Leadership with Franck Massicard

Name: Franck Massicard

Title: Vice Chair GUD Malta - CEO & Founder Malta Solutions

Organisation: GUD Malta & Malta Solutions

I am the CEO and founder of Malta Solutions, a consultancy firm that provides global solutions to various international clients, ranging from new build projects, strategy, opening new markets, branding, marketing, networking. In addition, I am the vice chairman of GUD Malta, a platform that supports prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive urban development, by connecting government, business, and community through the creation of sustainable innovation communities and business improvement districts. I am driven by the mission of creating positive social and environmental impact through my work.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Franck's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

As a leader, one of the most challenging aspects I've encountered is finding the right balance between guiding and empowering my team. I then understood it is essential to provide direction and support while also allowing team members the autonomy to make decisions and grow professionally.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I became a leader quite naturally, through observing people in higher positions and learning what to throw and what to keep. I constantly challenge myself as a leader as you never cease to improve.

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

I structure my workdays to optimize productivity and well-being.

In the morning, I kickstart my day with a healthy breakfast and light exercise, such as stretching or a short walk.

Next, I dedicate time to planning and prioritizing my tasks for the day, ensuring I have clear goals and stay organized.

During the morning hours, when my focus is at its peak, I tackle my most critical and challenging tasks using the Pomodoro technique.

Around midday, I break for lunch and some downtime, which might involve a brief walk or leisure reading.

In the afternoon, I continue with work, including meetings and tasks that require attention, although my focus tends to be slightly lower than in the morning.

Towards the end of the workday, I review my accomplishments, make any necessary adjustments to my to-do list, and plan for the next day.

I allocate time for personal development, which could involve reading, online courses, or skill-building related to my profession.

As the evening approaches, I transition into relaxation mode, including dinner and spending time with family and friends.

My leisure time follows in the evening, during which I pursue hobbies, exercise, or simply unwind.

Before bed, I prepare for the next day by revisiting my to-do list and ensuring I'm organized and ready to start the morning smoothly.

To signal my body it's time to rest, I engage in calming activities like reading a book or practicing relaxation techniques.

I prioritize getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep to recharge for the next day.

This structured daily routine helps me maintain a healthy work-life balance while achieving both professional and personal goals.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

A recent leadership lesson I was reminded of is the importance of active listening and empathy. Taking the time to listen to my team's concerns and showing empathy builds trust, enhances collaboration, and leads to better outcomes.

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?

One book that significantly influenced my leadership is "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. This classic work introduced me to the power of mindset and goal-setting. It taught me the importance of a positive outlook, determination, and the ability to visualize success. Applying these principles, I transformed my leadership style to be more goal-oriented, fostering a culture of ambition and growth within my team.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Bargaining with your value diminishes self-confidence, limits opportunities, and affects your reputation. Embracing your worth builds confidence, attracts opportunities, and sets higher standards for yourself and others. Recognizing your value is the key to personal and professional growth

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

In the past, I used to do these trainings disguised as meetings where I would play emotional and inspirational videos. The impact was profound as it felt like the team and I went through a personal experience together. It showed me the importance of understanding the people you work with and how this kind of interaction could solidify a team.

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