How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Matt Leacy, director at outdoor architecture tool Landart.
Current gig: Director at Landart
Location: Sydney, Australia
Current mobile device: iPhone
Current computer:Surface Pro
One word that best describes how you work: Collaboratively
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
Google apps – calendar, sheets, etc. Our company also uses Asana for internal communications between designers, estimators, project managers and the construction teams – it is an easy to use collaboration tool.
What social network do you find most useful?
Instagram – although I don’t like posting for the sake of posting or because I should be doing it every day.
What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?
Making mistakes is a part of growing and learning and getting better. If you are not making mistakes you are not trying hard enough
What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?
That internal processes and the way we do things is always evolving and moving to adapt to the things like external environments we can’t control, growing staff and the economy. The drive to always improve never settles.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Table tennis - although I have a mate that would argue against that. Hopefully he doesn’t stumble across this article.
What's your sleep routine like?
It is normally pretty consistent I like to try and keep routine in that part of my life because the rest of it is pretty chaotic.
What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?
Just keep turning up no matter how hard it gets. It’s a bit of a cliché but if you get knocked down get back up. Making mistakes gives you the knowledge on how to do it better the next time.