Q. Why are entrepreneurial skills valuable in an organization?
A: Entrepreneurship is about taking the initiative, it’s about taking risk, it’s about being agile and flexible and continually challenging the status quo. It is an important capability of any successful organization because it creates opportunities that generate both business and customer value. It drives an organizations competitive advantage in an ever changing business climate. This skill is essential whether you are transforming a business, managing the day to day operations or developing new products or services.
Q. How would you describe your leadership style?
A. I would best describe myself as a high energy, engaged, results oriented, collaborative, inspirational and willing to “roll up my sleeves.” I strive to not just “manage what is” but strive to create “what can be.” My consultative style allows me the flexibility to lead a diverse team within a complex organization.
Q. How do you get an organization to perform at levels beyond what they though possible?
A. It begins with leadership. The leaders of the organization must create the basic foundation for success and over-performance to exist. It is more than just teaching, coaching, motivating and rewarding. Leaders must: Be a catalyst: Have a clear purpose and focus. Be tenacious: Facilitate team success, not individual accolades. Be resilient: Keep your goals alive. Do not lose sight of what you are trying to accomplish. Be committed: Commitment to excellence. Be the best.
Q. What have been the greatest lessons your career has taught you?
A. First, always continue to challenge yourself and embrace change. Second, never stop learning and developing new skills and capabilities. Third, do not underestimate the potential of your employees and what they can accomplish as a team. Finally, true leadership success is best recognized by the achievements of those around you