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Question 1 of 11
Why do you want a career as a board chairman?
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1.
I have experience as Chairman of a Board of Directors and feel that my knowledge of the company and the various board members from client shareholders, equity partners and management team will utilize my qualities in harmonizing the Board during times of planned change.
2.
My skills and experience can add value to this role.
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Question 2 of 11
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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Described earlier re the banking issue where I guided the Director responsible into brainstorming solutions with the employees who had more detailed knowledge and choosing the solution and ensuring all had the tools to do the job as efficiently as possible.
2.
Business plan failing at mid year review, rather than keep going, re-assessed the situation and modified approach to nearly achieve original objectives.
Question 3 of 11
Why should we hire you?
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Because I believe I am able to fulfill the role I consider is required by all parties sharing Board positions.
2.
Because I am the candidate that has the skill to: Facilate the board in a way that it learns, developes and can sustain that Create an environment for the natural MD to come to the fore Ultimately because I believe in DSR and want to be part of seeing DSR as a lifting solution of choice in the future.
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I have wealth of experience and skills to bring to the role, and I am committed to making a difference.
Question 4 of 11
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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My leadership style is to engage and empower others. This I believe is exactly what is required for DSR in the early stages and is characterised by the work I did with the BP discipline directors when I slowly eroded away their resistence to building processes by working with them to build workshops which showed them what processes could do and allowing them to step up and lead. That way my challenge was to stop them deploying processes until they were complete rather than the directors going through the motions and then the programme dieing after I left.
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I am considered by others as a leader and naturally appear to end up in this position - never a forced issue.
Question 5 of 11
Describe what you have done to achieve a personal goal.
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I always push myself to do different things so every year make a plan of what I want to achieve in all areas of my live and each month do something towards that. Once I have set my mind on something I will get there, eg travelling during my vacations as a student, and spending 3 years achieving a crystal structure to prove a compound I made in week 3!
2.
Dedicate 3 years of my spare time to acquire MBA degree.
Question 6 of 11
Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
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Yes, satisfied. He harassed people.
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Yes. Did not enjoy but believed it was the correct decision for individual and organisation.
Question 7 of 11
How quickly do you make decisions? Give me an example.
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Given key parameters of required information then decisions are made at that time. The need to send our security personnel to attend a retailer as transactions were not able to be transmitted from his terminal - the shop manager was about to be leave with the cash he had taken for the past two days.
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Depends on magnitude of decision, simple decisions made many times before quickly. Large complex decisions take time to evaluate and validate with support of others.
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When I make decisions I analysis the problem, consider the options and list the pros and cons. If it is a straightforward decision then I can make it almost instantaniously. If not I would look for more data/consider other peoples options before coming to a decision.
Question 8 of 11
Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
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During a time when the service to a large bank was underperforming badly and where the operations director needed help. We brainstormed the problem with key employees and selected the appropriate course of action - never letting it in any way demean the director in charge - leadership via guidance.
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When we were designing processes in BP, the top level process was supposed to be complete. Exploration had completed this however I knew it would not achieve what they needed, when a new resource came on the programme and realised that I allowed them to redesign despite opposition. They then redid the process and completed the full process design before the ultimate deadline and their processes were the most robust.
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Group of individuals brought together to create business plan, nominal leader had no experience so I suggested suitable frameworks to help achieve objective.
Question 9 of 11
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
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Awesome cool organized.
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Energetic, committment and loyal.
Question 10 of 11
Tell me about your most successful leadership experience.
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As a newly appointed Operations Director of Citibank UK I was given a project to provide Anglian Double Glazing with all their consumer credit as a solus supplier rather than share with Mercantile Credit whom had 60% of the business - told to choose the team and achieve this in 3 months. Mission accomplished.
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Leading a group of individual nonprofits to respond to falling grants, and build a business plan that achieved sustainability.
Question 11 of 11
Why are you the best board chairman for us?
User-Submitted Answers
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Because I really belive in DSR I will create an environment that allows an effective board to be built and the natural MD to come to the surface I will continue to be involved through the organisation development work and by taking the board role I can ensure that all of the work is seamless.
2.
I am a good fit for your requirements, and my style will be appropriate for the organisation.
3.
Cannot say I am the best Chairman - not for me to judge.

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