Alex J. Malone is a native of Liverpool, England, now working
and residing in Orange County, California. A graduate of
chemistry and biology, he has dedicated most of his
professional life to people and team development and has
managed hundreds of people over a 15-year management
career. For the last 5 years, he has been a passionate advocate
and leader of many people management and development
initiatives. He describes his 15 years in management as follows:
"My first management position was when I was 27 years of age,
and is still, to this day, the most challenging job I have ever
had. I was given the responsibility of production shift manager,
with approximately 30 people reporting to me, none of whom
were in the ranks of management. Since I had no 'second in
command', it was a make or break position. It was this role that
taught me, the hard way, that people management takes great
tact, skill, and dedication. After my next position, one in which
I managed only four people for two years, I moved on to
another role managing 25 technicians and one other manager.
For the last five years, I have managed a team that includes 16
managers. At the same time, I have become heavily involved in
many people development projects such as mentoring, rewards
and recognition, appreciation, and coaching and development.
So, essentially, I have spent the majority of the last 15 years in
positions where I have managed relatively large groups of
individuals in rank and file positions. I believe any success I
have had in these endeavours can be attributed to a dedication
to helping people to succeed in their careers.
It has been a long, hard road, but I think I can now justifiably
claim some successes in the areas of people and team
development. I have made my share of blunders, but I have
acknowledged them, faced up to them, and learned from them.
It is not a coincidence that my successes have become more
frequent as my experience of managing people has developed.
To those people I managed at age 27, my apologies! I was naïve
and inexperienced, but I've learned from it.
I hope that by passing on my hard earned lessons, valuable
experiences and well-intentioned advice, that I can help to
inspire a new generation of exceptional people and team
managers. I wish you all great success in your management