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Industry
Automotive
Job Title
President
Organization
Orleans / Navan Auto Pro
Ben  Lalonde

What is your favorite vacation destination? Any suggestions on local cuisine, accommodations or landmarks one should visit when there?

While attending a business conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, my wife and I had a chance to spend the week flavoring the local culture, private museums, cuisine and historical sites. Buenos Aires is renowned for its beef and I now know why. The flavours, aromas, textures and presentation are absolutely divine. Nonetheless, if you’ve taken the time to fly 18 hours to Argentina, you MUST visit Iguaçu Falls. Imagine 1.8 kilometers of picturesque, cumulated falls in the middle of the tropical rain forest yet undisturbed by civilization. It’s a place where you can walk into, over, under the soft waterfalls of the “#1 of the New 7 Wonders of Nature” (Wiki). I have been to many places in the world, and this one is nothing short of breathtaking.

 

What are you looking forward to completing while in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?

In the last few years I’ve developed a fascination with people’s behaviors, management and communication styles. That said, I’m excited to be able to hone the soft skills that I presently use while learning new abilities that will increase my effectiveness when interacting with people. It’s my opinion that these abilities are the ones that many struggle with yet it is these same abilities that have the greatest impact on the sustained success of any businesses. I believe the structure in which the Telfer Executive MBA Program is designed will sharpen such intangible skills very quickly. This part of the program will likely be the highlight for me.

 

What do you admire in a leader or mentor? Do you have someone who you consider a strong mentor or leader within your life?

I can’t say that I have a specific mentor or leader but rather many through the reading of books. I really enjoy books as they generally illustrate the great virtues of a leader’s characters, their life’s experience, collective knowledge or even simple tricks. I try to leverage the words of books to bring a real-life use. It’s impossible to follow the great leaders like Donald Trump, Andrew Carnegie, and Mahatma Gandhi. Some have past-on decades ago; some will fire you before you make into their office. Nonetheless, through their life story, the lessons they share, their approach to life and people; those people are my mentors. Great part is… all I need is a book.

 

Originally Posted: September 19, 2014

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