Timo Schmidt, CEO and Founder, Gousto
In 2012 Timo Schmidt successfully founded Gousto, the UK’s leading recipe box company – and turned his passion for entrepreneurship and food into a business that is taking the UK grocery world by storm. In 2015, Gousto tripled its staff headcount to 150 and recruited a powerful Board, which brought some big challenges around team and director communication for Timo as CEO.
“Amanda helped me to tackle problems head-on, by being a sounding board and giving me the tools to understand difficult situations better. Her impressive business acumen and life experience mean that she quickly grasps demanding team and Board dynamics. By asking the right questions she got me to recalibrate my leadership style and skills, enabling me to design solutions that were actionable and added value to the company.
These sessions have taught me the importance of developing effective communication skills... of allowing time to think even harder before I act, and to be more mindful of other people's positions and responses – and how I engage. Amanda has real gravitas, and I’m learning from her on that, too. The result is that I now far better understand the viewpoints of my Board and management team members and interact appropriately.”
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