Monday, 18 July 2016

Andrew Konomanyi - Being a Boss and a Leader

​As someone who developed, owned and led many businesses during his career while also being the boss of several hundreds of people, Andrew Konomanyi has a strong opinion on what should be the role of a leader. If you look up the dictionary, you will see that the word implies a person who can guide or direct a group. This instantly tells you that not all bosses are leaders.

Offering Guidance
Being able to offer guidance is one of the prime qualities of a good boss. This guidance can be verbal or non-verbal, but it’s a quality that’s always there, in every good boss, regardless of which field they are working in.

Being Tough and Compassionate at the Same Time
A good leader knows how to get the most out of his employees while managing to stay compassionate. If the people around you know that they can count on you when they are not at their best for whatever reason, they will be much more willing to go the extra mile on their good days.

Team Mentality
If we go with a rowing analogy, the boss is the coxswain, the member who sits in the stern of the boat, facing the others (his or her workers). He or she will be the one who steers the boat, but in an ideal scenario every member will realize that this is for the best, and the team works because of this, not in spite of it. Andrew Konomanyi notes that the intricate relationship between boss and employee can often determine the success of a company.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Andrew Konomanyi - How to Be a Good Father While Traveling a Lot

Being a good father means something different to a lot of people, but to Andrew Konomanyi it means showing a good example and passing on certain values. It is not easy being a father, especially when you have to be away a lot. On one hand you are doing what is expected of you, creating the financial means that will help your children in short and long term. At the same time, you cannot expect them to understand the importance of certain values if you are not there to show and teach them. It is a constant struggle but you have the means to figure it out.

Taking Advantage of the Internet 

If you are a businessman who travels a lot, you have to find a way to connect with your children even when you are not home. If they are old enough to be communicative, you can use different messaging and video apps with them. Being there often means listening to them, sharing your thoughts and you don’t necessarily have to be there for that, if they can see and hear you, they will be able to share their thoughts with you.

Planning Ahead

If you are away a lot, plan fun endeavors with your child, often weeks or months ahead. A birthday or a big game, or maybe even a vacation! Andrew Konomanyi notes that until you are willing to put in the effort when you are actually there, as well as letting them know that you’re thinking about them when you are not, children will be able to handle being apart.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Andrew Konomanyi - Buying a Horse

Andrew Konomanyi is an avid rider who likes to discover new places that offer great opportunities for horseback riding. It is relatively easy to buy a horse these days, but one should always realize the depth of the commitments that come with owning such an animal. The sad truth is that not everybody is equipped to own a horse, not even necessarily when they have the space for it and show a genuine affection towards them. Horses are extremely high maintenance creatures and this doesn’t just mean accommodation and money, but the potential owner’s precious time.

An Ideal Environment 

In the vast majority of the cases one should only contemplate buying a horse if they either own or have unlimited access to a proper environment. This means a small stable at least, and a paddock (also called corral) where the horse can move around freely. The importance of proper space and an ideal environment is rather obvious. Horses need their space so they can thrive both physically and mentally. Without the proper space and an environment where they can feel right at home, they can become quite unpredictable, especially towards strangers.


Without the necessary financial means, you shouldn’t think about buying a horse. While the purchase is already a rather hefty monetary commitment, it doesn’t stop there, in fact most people can save enough money to buy a horse (if it’s not purebred) relatively easily. Most of the expenses, however, start after the purchase. Remodeling your property to accommodate the animal, then of course there is the food factor. An average saddle horse will weigh anything from 900 to 1100 lb., and they will require between 25 to 28 pounds of hey on a daily basis. Depending on where you buy the hey, this would add up to a monthly expense of $150 to $250, but there are other expenses as well of course, like yearly vet visits that can cost you about $200. A single horse will cost you anything from $250 to $400 monthly, and that is just one animal.

The Time Factor 

No one buys a horse to just look at it from time to time. If you buy an animal like that, you do it because you want to build a special bond. This requires a considerable portion of your time, and without putting in the effort, you can never be more than the owner of the animal.
Andrew Konomanyi is an avid horse rider who had the privilege of owning horses in the past, building lasting connections that he will cherish for the rest of his life.