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7 Questions on Leadership with Navin Naidoo

Name: Navin Naidoo

Title: Doctor/Advocate

Organisation: Bundaberg Base Hospital/Quality Family Care Clinic

Admitted Barrister in South Africa, Experienced GP and Emergency Medicine practitioner. Authorized Medicinal Cannabis Prescriber and Founder of M-Powered Medical Monitoring. Medical Educator and Founder of The Violent Patient Symposium. Mining and Diamond Entrepreneur.

Available for specialised consulting services in the following areas:

1) Independent Medicolegal Advisory service to doctors and health care workers.

2) Mining in Africa

3) Medicolegal litigation

4) Diamond mining and diamond beneficiation

5) Quantification of Medical damages for litigation purposes.

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

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


Jonno White

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

Effective time management of important tasks across professions and continents and time zones.

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

I never stopped studying or backing away from an exciting challenge. After becoming a doctor in 1994 and starting a medical practice 1998 with my beautiful and capable ex-registered nurse wife, I did a distance learning LLB Degree. I then did pupillage at the Pretoria Bar and was admitted as an Advocate. I have practised Medicine and Law from 2004. I became involved in the Diamond mining Industry in 2005. I moved to Australia in 2008 with my family. I started as an Emergency Medicine Consultant in 2009 and a GP in 2011. I have an Australian Juris Doctor degree in 2012'ish. I am a Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physician Executives.

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

Depends on the profession I am working at. GP Medicine- Start at 06:00 and work through to 19:00- Booked appts between 09:00- 17:00, Nursing Homes, Admin, Home Visits around the booked consults. Emergency Medicine: 07:00- 17:00 Full On or 12:30- 23:00- 1 in 4 On call Night from 23:00-07:00 Law: 06:00- 22:00- Court Hours:10:00-16:00- Legal Prep around court hours. Mining- Meetings from 18:00- 22:00 Australian Time or 04:00-06:00

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

Reminded of the importance of balance, family, family time, exercise and leisure.

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?

Brian Tracy Time Management

Enabled me to work efficiently across multiple professions.

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

Read Brian Tracy's Book. Spend time with your family, exercise, eat healthy.

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

Better Life Diamond Mine- One heck of a story!

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