Olaf Swantee, chief executive of mobile phone operator EE
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My Bottom Line: Olaf Swantee, EE

Olaf Swantee is chief executive of mobile phone operator EE.

Olaf says when EE first proposed building a 4G network it faced a lot of resistance as it was a new technology and the company did not have the regulatory permissions.

He overcame these hurdles first by presenting his staff with a compelling vision which they could buy into and believe in. Second, he addressed the concerns of the regulator step-by-step, dealing with every issue through constant engagement.

Olaf says when you are met with resistance try unpick every problem and keep asking questions and eventually people will agree to a solution.

Olaf appeared on The Bottom Line which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. Listen again via the download or watch it on the BBC News Channel.

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