'Don't do people's work for them, or else they will never learn for themselves'
Q&A: Rajesh Rana
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: I consider Peter Drucker still to be the ultimate management writer, even though he was writing up to 50 years ago. He famously said, 'If you can't measure it you can't manage it,' which is timeless.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: Do sweat the small stuff, but don't do people's work for them, or else they will never learn for themselves.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: I find that most decisions present themselves with their own answer. The biggest change I made in Andras Hotels was to rebrand two hotels to the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, which have transformed those businesses.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: Probably working in urban design or a trusted painter!
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: Last holiday was Finland last summer, a very beautiful and calming country. Next up is a week of family fun in Majorca.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests?
A: I used to spend time painting and had an exhibition of paintings of Belfast's best building - Transport House. If I had more time I'd like to spend it with a brush in my hand.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: I don't really follow any sport, though I'd like to take up tennis to play with the children.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: I played hockey!
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: Yes, The Dream Life of Sukhanov, a modern Soviet classic, Kafka-esque and beautifully written.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: Well behaved!
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: We are going to be talking about Brexit for a generation. So a bumpy ride, but the local economy has very strong underlying fundamentals.
Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company Andras?
A: The more I learn the more I realise I don't know. The most rewarding aspect has been developing my confidence to lead the team. Seeing them develop is so pleasing.
Q: How do you sum up working in the hotel and hospitality sector?
A: Great fun, but it is very hard work.