Q&A With Elisa Kitson, Founder of The KitSon

Q&A With Elisa Kitson, Founder of The KitSon
The KitSon is a Paris-based forum where leading CEOs, politicians, scientists, and journalists meet to share their views “off the record.” What New Year’s Resolution have you made for 2008?To lay the foundations for a second intelligentsia club in another European capital. What book are you currently reading?La Guerre ne fait que commencer by Alain Bauer and Xavier Raufer. What is your favorite sport or hobby? Karate. Who is your favorite historical figure? Margaret Thatcher. Who is your favorite living person? My daughter. If you could choose another profession, what would it be? I wouldn’t choose another profession. What do you think is the worst bad habit to have at work? Procrastination. What quality or qualities do you most value in your business associates? Determination and perseverance. Is there anything you’d like to improve about your own work practices? Learning how to turn off the computer. As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning? My debates are highly successful. They are the “talk of Paris.” What do you consider has been your greatest achievement in business? Bringing together under the same roof CEOs, top diplomats, scientists, and journalists from different countries while keeping our shared information “off the record” and at the same time bonding cultures. What advice or useful tip would you give to someone who is just starting out in business? I started a business in France, a country in which it is very hard to “tick all the boxes” because invariably the boxes don’t exist. It feels at first as though everything is against you. The social charges and taxation are off-putting to say the least! You may want to give up, but with determination, perseverance, and hard work, one can actually beat the system. What is your favourite tourist secret ? To have lunch at the "Le Marche des Enfants Rouges". With its iron-gate entrance it’s easy to miss. The name literally means "Market of the Red Children". It is the oldest food market in Paris, built in 1615 under the rule of King Louis XIII. The market, in the Marais district, sells freshly prepared food that you can eat right there on small tables with plastic tablecloths. What is your favourite restaurant for a "tête…
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