Co-Founder & CTO at Vodori, Inc.
JuntoMentor: EdgeOne Medical (J5), Savory Crust (J6)
"The whole point of Junto is to be able to lift other people through your own knowledge and experience, and I always feel appreciated for the value of sharing my experiences."
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
First, It’s not about having all the answers, it’s about asking the right questions, and then giving people the freedom to find the solutions. Second, it’s important to have vulnerability as a leader. Leaders should recognize and acknowledge their mistakes and reinforce that what’s important is what we do after a mistake.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
My professional recommendation is Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale. It goes over alignment, trust, customers, leadership, product, culture, and customers, and those are hard to tackle altogether. My personal recommendation is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. It’s a fascinating summary of the entirety of humanity.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
How fortunate I am to be able to work with an exceptional group of people, and how proud I am of the culture we’ve created at Vodori. I’m proud of our team for their resilience, creativity, humor, customer-centricity, teamwork, and growth. LinkedIn is about “me”, but I wouldn’t be anywhere without them.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I have a passion for designing systems, organizing people, building high performance teams, integrating people with technology, and going beyond technical solutions. Our market is in helping companies build solutions with precision execution in a highly regulated and complicated space.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I’m non-judgemental and genuinely interested in other people, especially in their passions, talents, interests, and how they work. I want to understand how one person’s strengths can contribute to the whole, because when you enable people to be their whole selves at work, then you end up with a bunch of magic.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
Connecting on a personal level with [others in] Junto. The whole point of Junto is to be able to lift other people through your own knowledge and experience, and I always feel appreciated for the value of sharing my experiences.
What is your superpower?
The ability to work through problems, both top down and bottom up - simultaneously - navigate complex and undefined problems, and then make a decision without having all of the information.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
How much I value the impact of appreciation and ending meetings with gratitude.