"I was able to relate something that I’m going through personally, in a radically open way, and connect with one of the founders I was working with in a similar way, and it was exactly what he was going through too."

 

 

What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?

How to listen better.

What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?

First, there are no absolutes. And the old adage that says, “all company problems are people problems, and all people problems are communication problems.”

What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?

One of my strengths is being empathic towards people. I want to know what’s going on with them or their situation, and then address it directly.

Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."

You can never go wrong choosing people over everything else.

How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?

Right now, leadership, management, and product development as opposed to being the most edgy tech focused guy out there. I got my start in technology as an engineer, did a lot of things in software development, grew into IT and analytics, then moved into leadership and management.

What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?

That I’m a good father and a good husband.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve decided to start a new company after leaving Enova, called Dante32. It’s in the podcasting space.

What is your superpower?

Giving someone the confidence or backing or support they need. My ability to empathize with people and have them lean on me to support them being better versions of themselves.

What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. It’s a 35 year old business fiction book about a manufacturing plant, incredibly relevant to software development and technology.

What is your most memorable Junto moment?

In the current company I’m working with at Junto, I was brought in from a product and tech standpoint, and the way that I’ve been able to contribute is entirely on the leadership point of view. I was able to relate something that I’m going through personally, in a radically open way, and connect with one of the founders I was working with in a similar way, and it was exactly what he was going through too.