Our guest for this episode certainly knows how to manage change. From a small family business to a corporate buyout, and from an international globetrotting role to a post-Covid remote solution, Michael Baldwin has seen it all.
The Regional General Manager for RPM has spent his whole career in the mining space, originally starting in the family business before moving up in the corporate world to be where he is today: in charge of an international team of 60 in a company of over 400. His patch stretches across Asia, Russia and Australasia… about half of the world!!
He has helped guide RPM through the technological revolution in mining, moving the company from scheduling projects on the ground towards the simulation of projects with software. In his words, he has ‘brought discipline’ to product management, but how exactly do you roll out software in different parts of the world if Covid stops you from travelling?
Michael talks about the challenge of implementation across multiple continents, and what the future might hold for a role like his that was previously dependent on international travel. He also tells us about the importance of having an agile executive team that has enough money in the bank to make quick decisions, and how they invested their way out of a market crash.
- How Michael helped transition his family business through buyouts and growth
- How Michael ‘executes in the field’
- The change that Michael oversaw at his current and previous company
- How the company direction had to change when investors grew from small to institutions
- What the company did to ride out a market crash
- The ‘right size’ for an executive team
- The importance of having money in the bank to react to opportunities quickly
- The change of emphasis from face-to-face meeting to digital
- Will international executives be getting on planes anymore?
- How RPM are now sitting pretty after a market crash