"Junto is filled with brilliant, powerful, thoughtful, driven people." 

 

What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?

Humility. Junto is filled with brilliant, powerful, thoughtful, driven people. I thought I was pretty good [at business] until Junto, and because I was surrounded by so many brilliant people, it taught me humility.

What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?

I’m mindful of who and what I am, and how I’m perceived by others. I know who I am and I’m secure in that.

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

It is critically important to be an ethical person. I’d like people to be able to say about me, “He was an ethical human, he knew the difference between right and wrong.” Also, they say that business is 80 percent who you know, and 20 percent what you know. If being successful in business is about knowing people, then our relationships with these people are important to success.

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

Having the right organizational culture, value, missions, goals, and staff are the most important things in the success of a business. It’s all about the people, and then the processes and product.

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

Finish Big by Bo Burlingham. It’s about the journey and destination that we have as entrepreneurs. [As entrepreneurs], we all too often start the journey without a destination or an end.

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

My industry is food and hospitality. But no matter what my industry, market, or function is, my area of expertise is organizational culture and people. I understand how important it is to create a place where people love each other.

What is your most memorable Junto moment?

The first graduation, seeing Raman’s vision come to fruition. It was such an emotional moment. I thought to myself that night, “This is a moment to remember the rest of my life.”

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on shaping my exit - preparing our organization to be without me and developing the next generation of people to lead our company. The most important job of a leader is to create more leaders so we’re teaching people how to lead.