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Industry
Financial
Job Title
Branch Manager
Organization
National Bank of Canada
Kyle  Halajko

Kyle, what is your favourite vacation destination? Do you have any suggestions on local cuisine, accommodations or landmarks that one should visit?

I would have to say Germany. Even though I’ve visited and enjoyed memorable moments all over the world, there’s something about Germany that makes me want to go back. The culture and diversity is amazing to see. Germany’s history is of utmost importance in the history of the world and the landmarks are there to prove it. If you have the opportunity, visit Munich during the Oktoberfest festivities at the end of September (Oktoberfest is a two week festival ending on the first Sunday of October). You will love it! Stay at Hotel Brack on Lindwurmstrasse for an affordable German experience. Don’t forget to try sausage and Sauerkraut with a 1L Stein at the memorable Hoftbrauhaus.

 

Choosing to complete an Executive MBA is a big consideration. After reviewing the various masters’ programs available, why did you choose to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?

There are two main reasons why I chose the Telfer Executive MBA. The first is the diversity of knowledge and experience in the classroom. We were all chosen because we’ve proven ourselves in our careers, but most importantly, we all chose to take the program because we all share the same desire to become better leaders. I know I will learn something from everyone in the class. Secondly, I want to get out of my comfort zone and take on new challenges outside of the financial services industry. The concept of six real life case studies was particularly interesting considering my desire to get exposed to different real-life challenges in different industries.

 

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

I admire someone who takes initiative, values the opinions of others, and works smart by leveraging the skills and resources available to them. I want to follow someone who leads with confidence, someone that I can trust to support me through the good times and the challenging times. But most importantly, I want a leader who genuinely wants to make a difference in the lives of others. My mentor is my father. An amazing man who showed me that I can do anything I want to do it if I work hard and smart, and take responsibility for my actions. My confidence and determination come from his proven ability to lead and succeed.

Originally Posted: October 20, 2014

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