Co-Founder & CEO at cleverbridge
JuntoMentor: Earlybird (J3)
Instructor: Leadership Learning Day
"I wish that something like this was available when I started and that I would have been mature enough to accept that I needed help."
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I have expertise in a few areas - ecommerce, B2B sales, international business, bootstrapping, and employee development.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
In general on LinkedIn, I wish there was an opportunity to show more personality.
What are you working on right now?
We’re rolling out a leadership model at cleverbridge. We recently develop the model as a team, and just rolled it out to an initial 45 people. We’re continuing that rollout and eventually we’ll present it to all 320 people at the company. Our purpose of the model is to change everyone’s leadership style just a little bit, because we think that even a 10% change in someone’s output, multiplied by 40 or 60 people, will have a massive impact on the organization.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
A tiger never changes its stripes.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
The first mentor team meeting I had. I hadn’t met the other mentors yet, and wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I got in the room and starting listening to the entrepreneur’s questions and issues, and then hear the other mentors talk about their experiences, I was blown away because I felt like I was learning so much from them. I learned that I really don’t know much. I’ve even said to people that I told the entrepreneurs that first time at the mentor session that I’m really impressed. I wish that something like this was available when I started and that I would have been mature enough to accept that I needed help.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
That I don’t know much.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
Transparent thinking is something I’ve learned that is really critical in order to run a successful business. The way that society is going, people want access to more information. Sharing your thinking with your employees or coworkers and peers is a lot more valuable than just telling someone how to do it, because it gives people the “why” that goes along with the “what.”
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
Listening. It aligns with my personality of being an observer, and comes in handy when trying to empower people and have them learn how to reason to a solution as opposed to just being told what to do.
What is your superpower?
Developing my employees’ futures, whether in the current job or different area of the company. It’s critical to competing in a competitive labor market.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
I recommend The Heretic blog. It’s a french guy who lives in Silicon Valley, with an email list, that he sends out to whenever he has an entrepreneurial thought. It’s quick snippets. I find that this blog is valuable for leaders within an organization who might not be the entrepreneur themselves, because it helps them to understand how an entrepreneur thinks, and also provides good solutions for everyday problems.