Chief Operating Officer at Tiesta Tea Company (J1)
"Junto helped me realize why I was avoiding things, and let me be 'more me.'”
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
Understanding how to get the most out of your people, and putting them in a position to succeed. Also, altering your leadership style to what your people need.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I’m good at looking at things through another lens, and understanding why someone else does the things that they do. Also, when I make decisions, I try to keep my emotions out of the decision-making process, and avoid being reactionary. Basically, I know my emotions and how to handle them.
What is your superpower?
I’m creative when it comes to problem-solving. I can figure out how to make things work the way we need them to.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
The very first Forum I was in, we did a lifeline, and it was really hard for me. I remember going in and fighting myself and not wanting to go through with it. I used to think, “What do other people want to hear?” or “Did I say that right?” But I’ve been able to improve quite a bit since then. Junto helped me realize why I was avoiding things, and let me be “more me.”
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
Setting up a business internally to make customers happy.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
There’s a lot that we don’t know, but approaching situations with an open mind and using prior experience as a guide helps to make the best out of situations.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
How to Win Friends and Influence People (by Dale Carnegie). It gets to the point that the most important thing we do is interact with people.
What have you learned about yourself participating in Junto?
That there’s a lot that I can improve on, and that I can always be improving my own emotional intelligence throughout life.