Meet Marc Tonkin, Founder of “Journeying The Globe”. They put travelers at the core of everything they do, creating trusted and up-to-date content from firsthand experience by visiting every destination. They hope to inspire people to go outside their comfort zone and experience what makes the world an amazing place.
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Thank you so much for giving us your time! Before we begin, could you introduce yourself to our readers and take us through what exactly your company does and what your vision is for its future?
Marc Tonkin: We at Journeying The Globe put travelers at the core of everything we do, creating trusted and up-to-date content from firsthand experience by visiting every destination. We hope to inspire people to go outside their comfort zone and experience what makes the world an amazing place. At Journeying The Globe we welcome people of the world from all backgrounds, genders, abilities, religious beliefs, and cultures, we embrace and believe that we are all united under a connected global family.
Protection of the animals of our world is a constant righteous pursuit that here at Journeying The Globe we promise to work and act relentlessly to achieve, we stand as a voice for nature and all of the animal kingdom.
Our ambition for the future is to grow naturally and organically striving to provide value to a worldwide audience
NO child ever says I want to be a CEO/entrepreneur when I grow up. What did you want to be and how did you get where you are today?
Marc Tonkin: I have always wanted to be a traveler. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world and going to strange new places even as a child. While most children shuddered at the thought of delving into the unknown, I welcomed it. I savored and enjoyed every trip I had with family and friends, even a walk in the park was an enjoyable experience as I pretended like I was on an adventure in strange uncharted territory.
Moreover, I also had leadership traits and qualities which encouraged me to start my own business. My desire for travel mixed with my entrepreneurial traits inspired me to become a leader of my own organization.
As an entrepreneur in the travel industry, my dream of having a job to travel all over the world pretty much came true.
Tell us something about yourself that others in your organization might be surprised to know.
Marc Tonkin: Everyone within my organization is aware of how busy I am. They’ll usually find me researching for my next project or planning for my next visit to another country. Although I usually have my laptop with me, I believe no one’s recently asked me specifically what I have been up to.
I think they would be surprised to know that I’m working on a book that I plan on publishing in the next few years. The book is not just about my travels but also about business and how to run it successfully, particularly a business that’s sort of different and unique.
I think that people in my organization would definitely be surprised to learn that.
Many readers may wonder how to become an entrepreneur but what is an entrepreneur? How would you define it?
Marc Tonkin: Entrepreneurship is not as simple as just organizing a set of people to achieve common goals, it is much more than that. Being an entrepreneur means doing the things that others cannot in a graceful, yet empowering way for others around them.
Entrepreneurship no longer means being a boss and ordering people under them in order to get work done, it entails taking risks that others might not take, seeking innovation and not just mediocrity, and managing a dynamic organizational environment by involving and providing the opportunity for growth to everyone. Entrepreneurship for me means leading the way for everyone while in pursuit of achieving organizational goals.
What is the importance of having a supportive and inclusive culture?
Marc Tonkin: As mentioned before, in my opinion, you cannot be an entrepreneur without facilitating an inclusive and supportive culture. It just can’t happen in my opinion by today’s standards.
I’ve found that inclusive cultures are way more rewarding for organizations as employees are much more dedicated, leading to lower employee turnover. This saves costs and time since there is no longer a need to invest resources in recruitment and training.
It also motivates employees to work harder since they’re happier and prouder to be part of the workforce. An employee that feels alienated will not be invested in the business’ goals and vision which is never a good thing. Employees need to feel valued and respected and surely that respect will be reciprocated.
How can a leader be disruptive in the post covid world?
Marc Tonkin: I believe innovation is the only major way to be disruptive in the post COVID world. innovation is and always has been the king of disruption. It shapes entire industries and disrupts them for a long time to come until there’s more innovation. However, there are other ways to be disruptive in the post COVID world as well.
Digital transformation to a higher degree than ever before is one way to be disruptive in the post COVID world. People have realized that a hybrid workplace or even remote work has its own cost-saving advantages and those leaders that can identify opportunities to cut costs similarly through digital transformation can potentially disrupt the industries that they operate in.
If a 5-year-old asked you to describe your job, what would you tell them?
Marc Tonkin: I would have a very short and simple answer for that. I think I would say that “I travel the world and sell my experiences”.
Leaders are usually asked about their most useful qualities but let’s change things up a bit. What is your most useless talent?
Marc Tonkin: I wouldn’t call it completely useless but there is one skill of mine that I probably have not had to use as much as I would like to.
I’m not completely accurate but since I have traveled pretty much all over the world, I can guess almost any nationality based on a person’s accent and dialect, even if I don’t understand the language at all. I may not be 100% accurate, but I’m usually right whenever I guess another tourist’s nationality and they’re usually pretty dumbfounded!
Thank you so much for your time but before we finish things off, we do have one more question. If you wrote a book about your life until today, what would the title be?
Marc Tonkin: I think I would call it something along the lines of “The Traveling Entrepreneur”. Running a business while traveling to different places and being away from home all the time isn’t an easy task but it does help in garnering tons of interesting stories to write about! I have a lot of content already to talk about which is why I’ve actually started writing my own book.
Larry Yatch, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Marc Tonkin for taking the time to do this interview and share his knowledge and experience with our readers.
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