The candid ones
I’ve interviewed CEOs, business leaders and entrepreneurs for the best part of 20 years. For the most part you have been down to earth and forthcoming in the peaks and pitfalls of running a business; open about your lives and the difficulty in balancing commitments.
When time is a problem, you find it somewhere to have a chat – which is generous considering there will sometimes be a few tough questions, particularly about finances. Remuneration is a funny thing. We touched on it last issue, but what right does anybody really have to ask what another person owns.
I try to avoid those questions myself. If the state of a company’s finances is public record that is fine, and if the packages of the leaders of those companies are made available, then we can gain insight into performance – which is crucial for shareholders. Any other time and it becomes a little invasive. But again, some leaders will give it up in the course of a conversation and the openness is appreciated.
We made a great start last issue, our first issue, because the leaders we interviewed and those who offered their expertise were so willing to give their time, sincerity and candidness.
This issue is no different. We have some extraordinarily informative interviews for you this issue with some of the country’s leading private and public companies. Stephen Young of E&A explains how to recover from major setbacks and bring your share price back to record levels. Riviera’s Wes Moxey describes what it’s like going from a wholly private owned company to one being run by an investment group. Denise Goldsworthy gives us insight into why it’s important to keep learning, no matter where you sit on the corporate ladder. Denise worked for BHP and Rio before starting her own business and shaped the policy and regulation with regard to women working in these organisations. Keith McIlwain describes the need for a business to seek out emerging trends and why family is so important in a family business, while Ben Hammond explains the intricacies of dealing with China. Finally Stephen Byron, son of famous Australian entrepreneur Terry Snow, reveals how the Canberra Airport Group has transformed Canberra.
Meanwhile our regular contributors talk everything from health to doing business in China.
This issue was a pleasure to put together because those we interview and those who contribute are so giving. I hope you gain the same insight as we do here at Business First.
Editor, Business First Magazine