Developing as an Executive: Key Tips and Insights From CEO Ragnar Horn.

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Ragnar Horn currently resides as the Chairman of Taconic AS, a Norwegian investment company that has a diverse portfolio with interest in several different sectors. Born and raised in Norway, Ragnar has taken his work global as he has developed his brand throughout the world, including working as an investment banker in prestigious New York City. Now a tried-and-true entrepreneur with a long resume and list of accomplishments to his name, Horn is looking to offer up his own nuggets of advice and wisdom to those seeking to emulate his path.

The success that Ragnar Horn has enjoyed with Taconic AS could not have happened without his early focus on education and competitive improvement. Horn would attend Williams College in his youth, earning his Bachelor's Degree at the university before transferring to Harvard Business School. While attending Harvard Business School, Horn would develop the skills that he would utilize throughout his career, eventually graduating with his MBA. This early foundation of education armed Ragnar Horn not only with the skills that he would need in his career going forward, but the confidence to utilize them properly, as well. For entrepreneurs looking to establish themselves in competitive and diverse fields, education in the sector can go a long way toward guiding you to success.

While education has played a major role in Ragnar Horn's success in investing, his competitive drive and willingness to suffer through any hard work has underscored all that he has done. During his early years in college, Ragnar Horn would compete as a Division 1 Skier, a competitive sport for endurance and long-distance athletes. Horn would go on to compete in a trio of cross-country races throughout Norway during the past year and that has only helped to keep him focused on thriving through competition. Ragnar Horn believes that the best CEOs and entrepreneurs will know and understand how important it is to work hard and far beyond the abilities that you think you have. Horn says of his competitive nature, "It pushes you to work harder."

Even though 'work hard' is a pretty simple piece of advice, it is far from the most actionable idea in Ragnar's wheelhouse. While competitive nature has helped fuel his ascent up the investing industry ladder, his ability to listen, communicate, and reflect on concepts with ANYONE has made him and out-and=out success. Ragnar believes that leadership should always focus on enhancing their listening skills because life and business imitate one another. When negotiating in the board room, you must be willing to hear and tend to the needs of your stakeholders and clients. When listening in personal life, you need to make the other person feel valued. These skills mirror one another and can lead to positive prosperity and growth within the economic sector.

As Ragnar Horn has enjoyed a largely successful career, it is hard for him to underscore one major issue that entrepreneurs need to avoid. Without looking to his past, Ragnar would advise that future professionals understand their abilities and resources so that they don't fall prey to cognitive bias. Cognitive bias can make a great entrepreneur lose sight of their idea, leading to serious issues and repercussions in the business world. Prioritizing skills, resources, and carefully cultivated ideas can be the life-blood to success in the financial world.

Ragnar Horn has served as the Chairman of Taconic AS for years, offering leadership to the family-owned investment enterprise. Taconic AS has a history of investing in shipping projects, telecoms, hedge funds, private equity, real estate, and even offshore projects. When Horn isn't working, he is an active philanthropist through his service as Chairman for the Oslo International School.

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