My work journey has taken me from dishwasher to CEO, from fast food to cloud based technology, from Davenport, Iowa to more than 30 countries around the globe. Along the way I have enjoyed leading, learning, contributing, mentoring, strategizing, innovating and giving back. One important lesson learned along the way is that there are opportunities to make a difference in all aspects of our lives. This has made the journey all the more rewarding.
While interviewing for my first job out of college I was presented a handsome folio, Inside I found the phrase – “Leadership is Action, Not Position.” I had no idea at the time how much of an impact this would have on my career. I actually framed that part of the folio and have brought it with me to every single cubicle and office I’ve had the pleasure to call my work home.
In the early days, it reminded me that I didn’t have to wait until I had a “leadership position” to be a leader. These days, it reminds me that just having a “leadership position” isn’t enough. It also reminds me that there are people who can lead throughout the organization… and that it is my job to tap into that potential. To this day, tapping into the full potential of the people I have the honor to lead is what brings me the greatest sense of accomplishment.