Founder and Chief Word Guy at SquarePlanet Presentations + Strategy
JuntoMentor: Leadership Communications (J1 - J5)
"My frustration sometimes just gets the best of me and I don’t deliver a message well. I’ve become aware of it through Junto."
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
Simon Sinek’s Start With Why - it is an essential, non-negotiable, must-read if you are in a position of leadership.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
When I look back at the bosses I’ve had and the people that have influenced me, the one thing that they all did was that they took care of their people. You just have to take care of people in other ways than with titles and raises.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
Leadership communications. We help senior leaders communicate with both internal and external audiences with a greater sense of authenticity and power than ever before.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
There is a lack of authenticity or boldness in business today. People are afraid of being themselves, and it’s not just people, it’s organizations, too.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
I can be a [jerk]. My frustration sometimes just gets the best of me and I don’t deliver a message well. I’ve become aware of it through Junto.
What are you working on right now?
My book! I’m knee deep in writing and structuring everything so that it’s ready to go to be printed and published in February.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I think I inherently understand people at a deep emotional level. I usually know when to give them a two-by-four to the head or just a hug. I’m good at reading a situation and adding levity or seriousness, if necessary. Take the temperature of the room and change it if needed.
What is your superpower?
Taking core messages and amping them up. I can help someone with a pitch or a presentation faster and more profoundly than damn near anybody.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
It’s not one that I’m most proud of, but one that is most memorable. [In a class I taught], there was [an Apprentice] who said something along the lines of “we’re going to alter our core beliefs to mirror those of our clients.” I went ape on her, saying what you should do is develop, own and honor your own core beliefs and tell any client that doesn't follow those same ones to f*** off. I slammed my hands down on the table, and I was screaming at her, and I totally came in at a 9 and a half and I should have come in at a 4. On a happier note, this past October I was the officiant at the wedding of a fellow Junto Mentor - Cathy Carroll - and her husband. Without Junto, I never would have been able to meet them.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
There is nothing that I would rather do than be an offensive coordinator in the NFL. It’s just a dream of mine and it’s not like I’ll ever do it but, wow, I’d love to be able to put that on my profile.