Knowing no bounds - MONOCLE MAGAZINE
The journalists from MONOCLE asked me 10 questions about my habits and my managerial approach. It is a very singular exercise; I wanted to share with you the outcome of this interview.
- At what time do you like to be at your desk?
By 8am at the latest.
- Are tough decisions best taken by one person or by a group?
I think a decision has to be made by one woman or one man but, nevertheless, she or he has to listen and take different perspectives into account.
- Do you want to be liked or respected?
- Where do you go for advice?
I stay alone and find the solution through work. Also, reading classic literature and modern writers.
- Do you socialise with your team after work has finished?
I don’t have enough time to be wildly social. I get invitations but I don’t usually go.
- What would your key management advice be?
To succeed, you have to be focused.
- Is it OK for employees to disagree with you?
Yes! All the time.
- Have you ever made a mistake that you wish you could take back?
No. There have been a lot of mistakes but nothing major.
- Where is the best place to prepare for leadership: MBA school or on the job?
On the job.
- Do you read management books?
I have written my own management books but I used several references to complete mine: Nicole Aubert’s and Vincent de Gaulejac’s Le Coût de l’Excellence; Jim Collins’ Good to Great, Tom Peters and Robert H Waterman’s In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-run Companies and Simon Sinek’s Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.