CIO at HUB International
JuntoMentor: AllSet Turnover (J6)
"Junto forces you to really listen and gather different points of views."
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I would say that my expertise is along the lines of leadership, organizational design, and management. My industry is primarily in retail business, and my function has shifted from the technical side to the people side through my career.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
My leadership orientation and organizational work. People see CIO [my primary role], they think technologist.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
It’s hard to nail one moment. One thing that struck me is just how thoughtful both entrepreneurs and the mentors are about the culture and the human aspect. I’ve never worked for a smaller company, and it was interesting to see that. I was impressed by our company [that we were mentoring], just how thoughtful they were, and how deep they think about questions.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman really made me think about how the brain works. We trust our intuition more than we probably should, and the book gives you pause that you aren’t right as often as we think we are.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
Junto forces you to really listen and gather different points of views. I’m a driver personality, and I didn’t know how I would deal with that, and it’s been refreshing to go through that. And participating in a team to help a company is fun, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
What is your superpower?
Ensuring that the organization understands the big picture of where we're headed and establishing the why.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
I’ve learned to stick with the facts and make no assumptions about people’s motivations.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
First, being a good person at the core. Honesty, integrity, that you can be counted on, anddo what you say you’re going to do. In business, putting the needs of the company in front of yours or your wants. And second, there are times when leaders can’t hide and they have to make the tough decisions.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I’m a pretty good reader of the room and reader of people. I also know how to stir the pot. If people are spinning, I can ask the question that people don’t want to ask, that makes them think.