COO & CFO at Lyons Consulting Group, LLC
JuntoMentor: ReviewTrackers (J4), ACLIVITI (J5)
"One of the most gratifying things that happens is when they follow up with me after the program, and ask for ongoing mentoring or want to get together. It means a lot to know I had an impact on them."
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you’ve observed or learned in your career?
I would say the value of listening. I can listen, and hear what someone is saying, but I’m working on being a better active listener.
Finish the following sentence: “In my experience, ___________.”
It all works out in the end.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
For business, E Myth by Michael Gerber, because it speaks to the requirement of entrepreneurs to establish processes in order to scale or grow a business, because most of them are totally reliant on just themselves. For non-business, The Alchemist, because of the theme that everything is not as it seems.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I am a generalist. I have started businesses, which means you do every function, and have participated as a partner where I’ve chosen my function. At the moment, I am part of a powerhouse org structure where I’m aligned with operations and finance, and my two partners are sales people at heart. That collaboration has been really powerful. In terms of industry, I’ve been in technology since 1999, and the prior 10 years I was in management consulting in manufacturing.
What is something that’s not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
That I have more fun. My businesses have been fun, but they don’t leave much time for leisure outside of work.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
The graduation ceremonies are all memorable, but one of the most gratifying things that happens is when they follow up with me after the program, and ask for ongoing mentoring or want to get together. It means a lot to know I had an impact on them.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I have an ability to understand and empathize with somebody’s motives beyond just what they’re saying.
What is your superpower?
I think people would remark that my superpower is around two things. First, I can take large amounts of data and boil it down to something that makes sense very quickly, and then I can guide people towards a logical path using that information. The second would be predicting numbers in business.
What are you working on right now?
Last year, we sold our company to a very large global public company, and aside from continuing to grow our own business, I’m spending much of my time figuring out how to integrate our business into the “mothership”. On a deeper level, it’s a great deal of work to protect our culture as it was before the acquisition.