WHAT DOES MANAGEMENT MEAN TO YOU? - It helps that I know a good shoe from a bad shoe. Someone (OK, a Big Brother contestant) said: 'You have to give people roots and wings.' That's how I see management: give people structure and direction, but leave them free to show bags of initiative. Now that I no longer need to micromanage everything, I'd like to be out opening doors for the company.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE/DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB? - I love developing new shoes - that's what I'm best at - but I don't spend nearly enough time doing it. And I love that almost everyone in the firm is doing something for the first time. As a young company, we have a real opportunity to be a leader for the next generation of the shoe industry. Being innovative is both our greatest strength and our greatest weakness. It means that we make mistakes, and it's gruesome when shoes don't come out right. But it would be pretty dull if we all went through life without taking any chances.