Meet Simon Haigh. Helping you become the leader you want to be by increasing your confidence, business, brand & leadership presence. A 5-star author, former lawyer, global CEO, successful entrepreneur, sat on 5 boards & currently an advisor to 3 in the US, Ireland; featured on BBC. Global expert: negotiation, deals, business, leadership, mindset, brand growth.
Endorsed by world no. 1 leadership thinker M Goldsmith, Brand Finance, high performing leaders, companies, business schools, organizations, Govt bodies for his work. Certified leadership coach & mediator, consultant, trainer, lecturer, mentor, author, speaker, media host, 6 sigmas yellow belt, certified project manager, tri-qualified (UK/I, Oz) lawyer & entrepreneur – built, sold out of tech, luxury (Haigh & Hastings watches & others), travel.
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Let’s learn a little about you and really get to experience what makes us tick – starting at our beginnings. Where did your story begin?
Simon Haigh: I started life in the UK as a commercial lawyer. I then moved to Ireland in 2000 where I soon became legal counsel for Dell and Head of Legal for EMEA for Xilinx Semiconductors. In 2007 I emigrated with my wife and family to Australia where I ultimately became CEO of a US company there. Since 2013 I have owned and managed my own consulting, coaching, and advisory business – GCM.
Was there somebody in your life that inspired you to take that specific journey with your business?
Simon Haigh: Yes – Marshall Goldsmith – world no. 1 leadership thinker. In 2016, he wrote the foreword to my second book – Dealmaking for Corporate Growth. In 2019 he then wrote the foreword to my third book – How to Be a Better Dealcloser. He has helped me match my confidence with my capability and as a result, I have received amazing global accolades.
What are the most common mistakes you see entrepreneurs make and what would you suggest they do?
Simon Haigh: The biggest mistake is not balancing the 3Rs of Business Growth – Revenue, Risk, and Revenue and also not sufficiently matching their Drive with their Strategy with the Right Opportunities.
Has the pandemic and transitioning into mostly online shopping affected your company positively or negatively?
Simon Haigh: Very positively. Over the last 15 months, I have transitioned all my business online through e-learning, webinars, and online coaching and consulting capabilities.
You are a successful business leader. Which three character traits do you think were most instrumental to your success?
Simon Haigh: Resilience, Honesty, Humility.
What have you learned about personal branding that you wish you had known earlier in your career?
Simon Haigh: Be genuine, be focused, leave a legacy, take chances, be a storyteller and be consistent.
How would you define “leadership”?
Simon Haigh: It is inspiring others to be the best version of themselves.
What advice would you give to our younger readers that want to become entrepreneurs?
Simon Haigh: Make sure your head, heart, and soul are aligned and you will intuitively know what you are meant to do and thrive at.
What’s your favorite “life lesson” quote and how has it affected your life?
Simon Haigh: “Those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter”. So go for it and don’t worry about what others think of you – it’s what you think of you that matters
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Simon Haigh for taking the time to do this interview and share his knowledge and experience with our readers.
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