Pop Quiz, Monday with Simon Hall

I love the power of networking. I believe the connections we make both personally and professionally can impact our careers for years on end. You never know who you’ll meet and the impact they could have on your life.

Simon Hall

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Simon Hall

Simon Hall
Photo credit: Simon Hall

What is your job role?
General Manager, Kafnu Alexandria

Tell us about your company?
Kafnu is a lifestyle space for innovators and creators to meet, connect and collaborate. We provide the infrastructure, facilities, and community so that our members have all they need to succeed in their careers and passion projects.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the power of networking. I believe the connections we make both personally and professionally can impact our careers for years on end. You never know who you’ll meet and the impact they could have on your life. That’s what I love about the concept of Kafnu. The model of the business revolves around the community that space creates and its members. That’s what makes us different from other companies.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My team and our business culture, definitely motivates me to get up and go every morning, Everyday is different and my role as it allows me to interact with all areas of the business. I believe, if you can really relate to what your business is trying to achieve, it makes coming to work every day exciting.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I think it’s important to learn and take in information from everyone around you no matter, their level. I feel like I learn something new every day from the most unexpected areas of our business, and that’s what I love. We have a group of very talented people working to run Kafnu on a day to day basis, so it’s easy to be inspired.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Play is very important at work. In my past roles, we have adopted the FISH philosophy which I’m looking to bring to Kafnu in the future. The steps for FISH are all about being present, creative and making sure that your team takes time to have a little fun in the office. Whether it’s stopping work for brainstorms or catching up for a laugh on a Friday afternoon, it’s important to make sure that your team enjoys coming to work every day.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
I was self-employed for almost ten years previously, so moving back to a corporate structure has been an adjustment. The hotel sector is also a new sector for me, but I’ve enjoyed learning and getting to know something new.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Network network network, search out the leaders, mentors and the connected leaders in the industry and learn from them.

Grow your network, so you have someone to turn to for referrals, recommendation, and support.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Approach the right people. An email or phone call to the right person could mean a big step in your career or creating a connection that could be very useful in the future.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

https://www.instagram.com/kafnualexandria/ https://www.facebook.com/kafnualexandria/

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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