Partner at Woodlawn Partners
JuntoMentor: Cristaux (J4)
"It was so unique to have a group of strangers be open and honest with each other within hours of meeting. It was amazingly refreshing to be myself, even for just one work day, because that’s so rare in the business world."
Finish the following sentence: “In my experience, ____________.”
I need more experience.
What is something that’s not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
That I like cars. It sounds like a frivolous topic, but when I meet someone and we both share that interest, it often takes the conversation to an interesting place. It gives permission to step out of a superficial business role and into something that they are personally passionate about. Nothing on my resume leads to anything nearly as interesting.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
Humility: I understand that I’m not an emotional genius and I must always work at being better.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
How much I enjoy being challenged by diverse backgrounds and experiences. The reaffirmation that you never know as much alone as you do in a group. A room doesn’t need to be full of geniuses, just full of diversity.
What is your superpower?
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
Personal and organizational development. We get involved with companies that are undermanaged, relative to their opportunity, and/or that need a succession strategy. We’re less concerned about what industry they are in. We then build teams to unlock the potential in individuals and to leverage that with teams.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
I was in a CEO forum, and on the first day we did the lifeline session. It was so unique to have a group of strangers be open and honest with each other within hours of meeting. It was amazingly refreshing to be myself, even for just one work day, because that’s so rare in the business world.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you’ve observed or learned in your career?
Humility and active listening.
What are you working on right now?
I’m recruiting several people. Somebody for the Woodlawn team that could be transformative, and two for companies that could open huge opportunities.