Chief Executive Officer at Spaulding Ridge
JuntoMentor: ACLIVITI (J5)
"Mentoring helped me realize that I shouldn't be retired, and that I want to help executives to have the experiences I’ve been able to have, and see them achieve the things I have."
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
That I’ve played in several bands! Those kinds of things show that your executive is a normal guy.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
It has been an amazing experience. Mentoring helped me realize that I shouldn't be retired, and that I want to help executives to go on and have the experiences that I’ve been able to have, and see them achieve the things I have.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
In terms of industry, I worked in professional services and consulting, and from a market standpoint, I’ve worked extensively in retail, real estate, and natural resources within consulting. As for my own function, I’m an entrepreneurial CEO with experience in running an organization.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
At the graduation event, after seeing [the CEO of the company I mentored] up on stage doing his thing, I was thinking to myself that I might have contributed half a percent to his success. I was really happy for him and for the company, and happy to see not only their financial performance, but also how far they’d come along.
What is your superpower?
I have more tenacity than the average person.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
Humility is important and has served me well. I’ve always viewed leadership as “how can you help advance people’s careers.” People want to move up the food chain, they want to enjoy what they're doing, make more money, and have more opportunities. Leadership is how you put your own stuff aside and help develop them, as well as being open to help in developing them.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
Empathy and being a good listener. I ask questions to better understand what the situation is. I’m fairly quiet, so it helps to be able to ask good questions and not be the center of attention.
What is one book or blog you recommend widely?
Ben Horowitz’s The Hard Thing About Hard Things - it’s all about what you do when stuff goes sideways, which isn’t something that gets talked about enough.