Quick-fire Q&A with Michael Liffmann

Michael Liffmann is General Manager at AC Hotels by Marriott, the first hotel of its kind to open its doors in Africa and the Middle East. Liffmann has held a number of senior positions in several establishments in South Africa, as well as the UK and USA. After being appointed as acting General Manager at the Westin Cape Town, he was handpicked to lead AC Hotels Cape Town Waterfront.

Please describe your leadership style.
I like to lead from the front, working hand in hand with my teams, but at the same time also give the team a sense of ownership as this is essential for their growth. It is important to me that I not only guide the business, but also help build future leaders within our industry.

Your top tip to beat procrastination?
I always look for the fun and exciting side of a task. The key is to not simply do it, but to have fun while you do it.

Your favourite getaway destination?
My wife and I went on a trip and spent some time in Laos, Vietnam. It was magical and I would love to go back there one day. Locally, I would have to say that the winelands are a favourite of mine.

Who or what inspires you?
My family, without a doubt. They not only inspire me to focus, but to also find balance in life which is essential.

What is your one wish for South Africa?
Stability. With stability we can all have a prosperous future.

If you could have any three people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you serve?
Ricky Gervais, Michael McIntyre and Jack Black. I’d serve boerie rolls and slap chips, with malva pudding for dessert (Jack Black looks like he would like malva pudding).

What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
I only took one week off after finishing high school before diving head first into 22 years of working in the hospitality industry.

What would you do with an extra hour in your day?
Sleep in and then have a lovely breakfast with my family.