Currently Vice-President and General Manager of Leica Microsystems, Halden Zimmermann enjoys a reputation for being one of the most incisive and determined figures in the world of business and industry. The youngest ever MBA scholar to be accepted on the renowned Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, Halden would appear to be the archetypal entrepreneur – shrewd, focused and driven. And yet, like the majority of us, he enjoys his leisure time and admits to a fondness for travel. Indeed, he is quick to point out that most of his most enjoyable travel experiences have been the result of completely spontaneous decisions, but adds the caveat that some of his most disastrous holidays have been caused by an almost total lack of planning. With this in mind – and with the summer upon us – Halden offers some extremely useful advice on organizing the perfect vacation break.
Halden believes that although spontaneity is an important component of an enjoyable travel experience, the only way to guarantee a wholly positive experience is to think about creating an advance travel plan that retains enough flexibility to bear any unforeseen circumstances. The benefits of thoughtful travel planning are many. He recommends focusing on creating an outline rather than developing an overly detailed approach. The latter approach is a mistake that many travellers make, and one which throws the rest of the schedule off course in the event of a unforeseen situation occurring.
Conversely, too little organization often results in hours wasted trying to decide where precisely to visit. He also believes that creating a basic framework for a relatively long trip – for example, including stops in Japan, Korea, and China – enables the traveller to avoid committing to a specific amount of time in any given destination. So, while flexibility is obviously a requisite for most people on vacation, too loose an itinerary often leaves the traveler with a wealth of decisions to make – particularly when inundated with advice from fellow, well-meaning travellers.
Halden Zimmermann is the Vice President and General Manager for Leica Microsystems. Leica is an operating company of Danaher, focused on industrial technologies, medical and surgical capital and life-science research-imaging solutions. Halden was initially brought in to reshape Leica’s approach to marketing and spur organic growth in an acquisitive intense environment. Some of the best practices implemented have been used across the Danaher platforms and are in use today. Halden Zimmermann was then given additional responsibility for one of Leica’s largest advanced capital business. Creating a focused strategy resulted in 10pts of share gain and operating profit improvement of 50 percent. To find out more, please visit Halden Zimmermann on LinkedIn .