London, United Kingdom, November 13, 2005 --(PR.com
)-- Steven Windmill
By Raya Mamarbachi 'theexecutiveclub.com' content manager
Interview with Dr. Steven Windmill
Dr. Steven Windmill during the last four years has planned and managed the £18 Billion “Defence Training rationalisation Programme” (DTR); the largest Business Process Re-engineering programme in Europe, for the Ministry of Defence. He has had roles in public and private companies, both large and small, and began his leadership career in the military; the pragmatism of the army and the various change management and turnaround projects that he has undertaken during the span of his career has led to where he is today.
So how did Steven get to where he is?
At 20 he joined the Territorial Army (TA) and became a civil servant. After a few years realised that he could do the job of his managers better than they could but, with no degree, he couldn’t move quickly up the ladder; so he enlisted at night school and received a degree in Philosophy. He later became involved in a Ministerial Initiative focused on improving the productivity of small and medium sized businesses. One degree was not enough for Steven; he obtained a first class MBA at Henley School of Management. Head-hunters soon began to call…Steven, inundated with offers, accepted a senior position within a global management consultancy owned by Sun Alliance. There he was constantly challenged in his role as ‘Director of Commercial Projects’.
Four years on he switched industries and became Head of Strategic Planning & Research for both the ‘Training & Enterprise Council’ (TEC) and ‘Business Link’, leading on marketing, strategic planning and business research; en route he acquired membership of the DTI’s ‘Six Wise Men’ resource targeting committee and was awarded a rare ‘Doctorate in Business Administration’.
In 2000 Steven felt he needed to experience the dotcom boom. Invited to join Europrospectus.com (an £8m information service to the global capital markets) he rapidly increased sales and aggressively promoted the brand. Leaving the dot.com at the time of the crash, he moved to the MOD, his remit to rationalise activities replicated across the armed forces; merging, integrating, rationalising and outsourcing services across the Royal Navy, Army, RAF and Police.
Steven is now a Lieutenant Colonel. Has his time in the TA helped him with his civilian career? Very much so! As an army officer he learned how to project his personality and install confidence; developing those dynamic leadership skills that win battles and underpin hyper-growth businesses. Military (especially TA) officers are by nature more flexible and capable of making effective snap judgements. According to Steven, when in a ‘crisis’, it’s often better to make an immediate decision so that your team has a plan to follow; rather then wait for that ‘perfect’ plan - along with demoralised staff, saying “…any plan is better than no plan…”.
When asked what qualities he would like to emphasise to a head-hunter/recruiter if they were to call…Steven feels that he does not fit a specific mould nor industry, but that the unifying factors are the way he copes with ‘challenges’, his wide experience, leadership and communication skills. His management style is obviously very much about ‘going out there and making things happen’. Throughout his life he has been propelled by the idea of ‘lead from the front’ by volunteering first, challenging the status quo, being open to new ideas and genuinely empowering and supporting his people; thus evolving and shaping the powerful and persuasive leadership and communication skills he commands today.
Steven joined The Executive Club to help identify his next challenge. He found the advertised positions to be ideal for his needs and, within two hours of using the CV Distribution Service, he received a call from a head-hunter regarding an unadvertised position with a base-salary of £220,000.
To contact Dr. Steven Windmill you can email him at: email@example.com or visit his website on www.stevenmwindmill.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk