Okay. I was wrong. Communication won’t be the next topic. True leadership is. Ahhhh, the passion is back!!!!!
The universe handed me a bone this week on the flight back from my executive retreat with my business partner. Shortly after sitting in my seat on the plane, a good-looking, confident gentleman in worn, scruffy jeans sat next to me. His confidence shone, but didn’t overwhelm. What overwhelmed was his approach-ability … one of the easiest people to talk to I’ve met. We exchanged the usual pleasantries (one day I do have to figure out how to explain what I do to someone not in the industry).
His name is Simon Baker (not The Mentalist) and he indicated he ran an asset management firm. I’d met many asset managers and traders in the past, and as I have a passion for trading the conversation got even easier. In short order, without pretense, he indicated he was one of the panelists on CNBC’s Fast Money. Instantly all the little missing pieces fell into place … the accent … the face … the poise. I’d seen the show often enough to remember him (finally).
I smiled. Not because I was sitting next to a celebrity (of sorts). I’m a keynote speaker and seminar leader. I’ve met some of the best in the my industry and I got past star-struck when fate put me in an elevator with Bill Beutel (if you know the name then you’re showing your age); a man I respected greatly.
I smiled because I found myself in the presence of a true leader. A CEO with no pretense, no bully tactics, no politics; just simple confidence in himself, his abilities and his direction. True role models are hard to find … Thank you Simon for a brief breath of fresh air.
If you really want to get this blog entry, go to Simon’s web site (BakerAve.Com) under the “Our Firm”, then “Management Team”. Do the Rollover for “The Real Me”. Then you’ll get it.
Thanks again, Simon … BTW: I think you’re right regarding the market’s reaction to Cypress (sorry, the trader in me is still trying).