Get the right people in the business

by Krizzel Canlas29 Nov 2017
Liberty Financial’s CEO Mark Collins on who inspires him and what he’d do if he was the Prime Minister for a day

Q: Who or what has inspired you into financial services?
It actually was my mother who for many years worked at ASB after returning to work. She loved her time there, and as a kid it seemed an exciting industry to be part of. It took me a while to get back there though after travelling and I really didn't start my financial services journey until in my 30s.

Q: What sort of leadership style do you have?
I believe in getting the right people in the business, engaging them in a shared vision and getting out of their way. I would definitely describe myself as a “macro manager.” I have found that leadership is critical at all levels of the business and should not rest with one person due to the title on their business card. When a business achieves full accountability and buys-in, it creates sustainable long-term engagement.

Q: How would you sum up financial advisers in three words?
Undervalued. Professional. Driven.

Q: What do you see as the biggest opportunity for the financial industry in 2018?
To continue to strive for transparency and integrity at all levels of the value chain.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for one day, what would you do?
Wear one of those colourful APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) shirts.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people (dead or alive, excluding family or friends), who would you invite and why?
Barack Obama; to understand if he truly is as smart and balanced as he seems, Mohamed Ali; to meet “the greatest” and understand his drive and Salvador Dali; to see just how weird and twisted he really is.

Q: Complete this sentence:
If I wasn’t in financial services industry, I would be working in the not-for-profit sector.

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