CEO and Entrepreneur
Before hiring me, what were your thoughts as to, or maybe misgivings, around cost or quality?
So, I didn't, obviously [have any misgivings either way], give it a bash, nothing negative, nothing positive. Who knows? It [hiring Patrick] could be something brilliant.
And what have you found after actually bringing me on board?
I think it's been quite useful to have, even just between [my colleague] Andrew and I, just to have a bit of direction, both heading towards the same thing. So, and I think the strat planning idea was the pearl that came out of that. And then I did some other things where we've discussed things, and it's quite nice to have Andrew and I knowing what each other are doing. So, yeah, but the concept of the strat planning has been really cool.
In terms of return [on investment], you be able to say if they've been positive or negative?
Just the one thing that we did, that first thing we did for SA Motor Lease. And that probably just the thing I'm doing the strat planning has increased the profit by at least 100,000 Rands. So it definitely went well.
Would you recommend me to others?
You never know what's going to come out of it. It's not really like you giving advice, it's really you asking why are you doing things, what's right and what's wrong and through that process of speaking we arrive at what is the wheat and what is the chafe.
Quite honestly, I feel like I have been on an amazing boot-camp. I love the test you asked me to do, the exercises, the homework in between sessions.
I find you incredibly prepared for our sessions.
I love that you are prepared to engage in between sessions, so that if there is a query, or whatever, I can get follow-up. Whereas some people it is purely that coaching session and you are literally stuck in the middle of nowhere in between.
I [also] like that you see the whole big picture of the things I am involved in and you have dealt with me as a person first and equipped me to be an effective business person second. You’ve guided me through the process in a very gentle and succinct manner”