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 careers".