Whether you’re a numbers cruncher, language fanatic or entrepreneur, trusting your instinct is key to thriving in any field. At least, this is what Anton Azzopardi, who leads a successful accounting firm, believes.
Anton is a founding partner of ADD Professional Services specialising in tax, payroll, advisory and corporative services for ADD+. He’s got plenty of experience in taxation, domestic legislation as well as dealing with heavyweight portfolios of local and international clients.
Here are six things we’ve learnt after sitting down with Anton in Lovin Malta’s series Meet The Boss.
Here's the final episode of our first season of Meet The Boss! In this episode we sat down with ADD – Accurate Direction Delivered Partner, Anton Azzopardi to find out what being a boss means to him, as he uses his gut as his compass. 👔 ⭐️Let us know if you enjoyed the series in the comments below. ⌨️
Posted by Lovin Malta on Friday, January 8, 2021
1. He doesn’t think you should make your employees fear you.
While some bosses might rule with an iron fist, Anton thinks creating bonds with your employees is a recipe for success.
“Someone once told me to make your employees fear you and I always found that strange,” he said, asked about the worst advice he ever received.
“I never wanted to be that kind of person. I’m the complete opposite. I try to treat my employees as a family member- we’ve got a very close-knit environment.”
2. He wouldn’t change much if he had to relive his life.
It’s good not to have any regrets because there’s truly no point – you can’t turn back the clocks. However, Anton admits he would try to be less impulsive when it comes to big decisions.
3. His ultimate advice? Trust your gut all the way.
Anton believes that the most important thing to remember is to trust your instinct or your “gut”.
“Whether you’re making a decision or meeting a new client, I let my gut be my compass. Ultimately if you have a bad feeling about something, it’ll probably end badly,” he stressed.
4. He wanted to be a pilot when he was young.
He dreamt of being a pilot when he was young, but that had to change when he discovered he was colourblind. Luckily, that didn’t curb his hunger to try things out, make mistakes and learn.
“If I were to give my 16-year-old self advice, it would be that its ok to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, even people who’ve trained for years. The most important thing is that you learn from it.”
“No one gets it right the first time. I’ve changed jobs so many times. Just keep on trying and never give up. Even if you aren’t sure of your line of study, keep on trying,” he continued.
5. He thinks passion is the foundation to any success story.
No matter the field, passion is always key because that leads to driving and that leads to success. Having said that, Anton doesn’t think burning yourself out works either.
“I always took my breaks and travelled, even when I progressed in my career. I’m not saying I don’t look at my phone, but when I’m off, I try to be off,” he added.
6. In pandemic uncertainty, he thinks it might take more than just listening to your gut.
We’ve established that listening to your intuition is vital, but when things are as uncertain as they are in a pandemic, it’s important to take a step back and assess the situation.
“I think it’s important to let staff in on what’s going on,” he added. “If you’re in a volatile business take things slow. Take things day by day, hour by hour.”
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