CEO Q&A: Randy Dean

Published 22 November 2012 05:03, Updated 30 November 2012 04:56

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The person I’d most like to sit next to on a long-haul flight is…

Richard Branson so I could try to talk him into giving me a seat on the first Virgin Galactic flight.

What’s your top timesaving tip?

Do it right the first time. I never understand the attitude that there is always time to go back and do it right later. A job worth doing is worth doing right.

How do you improve your own skills?

Observing the behaviour and actions of the people around me that I respect – and reading.

How much time do you spend at your desk?

As little as I can. It’s important to be out meeting customers, partners and anyone else who can help my business. Plus, I think MBWA (management by walking around) is a great way to understand the issues that are going on in the company.

Who do you most admire and why?

Muhammad Ali – because he almost never got knocked down and always got back up.

What has been the most challenging task of your professional career?

Every one has unique challenges but I would say probably the toughest was building the original advertising operation for America Online [AOL] after it was already a billion dollar-plus company. Inserting a new revenue engine into an existing structure and culture was a unique experience.

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