"Junto opened my eyes to the power of a collective network." 

 

What is your superpower?

Simply doing. With so many talkers and overthinkers and perfectionists, I feel like my superpower is actually doing. I might fall on my face a million times but I’ll keep doing.

What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?

I feel I have a good handle on people. I have empathy for others, and I really live by the idea of staying present in the moment - living right now, and not wasting energy by holding grudges or holding out forgiveness for others. Sometimes stuff goes wrong or bad and it can feel like the world is plotting against you. It’s how you react to those situations that defines how you get closer to being great.

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

Go Giver by Bob Burg. It’s all about the concept of giving without any expectations. I literally read it in a day and immediately started using it in my life right away.

What are you working on right now? 

I have a creative agency called Domino. We work with entrepreneurs of all sorts and help solve problems with creative measures.

I have another startup that I launched at the end of 2016 called Songfinch. We make personalized songs for gifts. We have hundreds of musicians around the world, so we take people’s stories and turn them into songs for a gift.

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

I fit in between the idea stage and the growth stage. Over the last 20 years, I’ve built several businesses. I think my strength lies in taking an idea, making something out of it, and then setting up the structures to make it happen.

 

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

The first one would be transparency. People want to know what’s going on, and when everyone is aligned with the values and mission of the company, it’s simple to be transparent. A second one is selflessness. I can’t count how many times I’ve sacrificed the self for the betterment of the company. A leader has to commit to the whole, and be part of it, regardless of what it does to them.

What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?

I learned that it’s not just me...no business problem is unique. Junto opened my eyes to the power of a collective network.

 

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

Nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems. Don’t spend time beating yourself up over a failure or celebrating an accomplishment. It’s a never-ending roller coaster and ups will follow the downs and then there will be downs after the ups

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

“Dad for five years.” I’m really proud of being a dad, I have two amazing daughters, and to me, raising daughters has been more difficult than any business I’ve grown.

Some kind of high-profile education for validation. I went to college for one year and then dropped out. But I’ve always kind of been the underdog and overachiever and I really like that about myself, so I don’t mind not having the education on my profile.