What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
By title, I am a Delivery Manager at Bluewolf, a global strategic partner of Salesforce. What does that mean? I manage a team of consultants specializing in the Salesforce platform to help our clients get the most of their Salesforce implementation(s). There are many reasons why I’m fond of this job/role. Here are my top four:
First, I feel like my job is doubling as an MBA program in that I’m constantly exposed to a variety of different business models and the challenges associated with each. Secondly, I’m thrilled with the autonomy my company provides. Thirdly, my role includes a technical element that keeps me learning new things. Finally, there is a very strong culture of collaboration throughout my company.
Which is more important: talent or work ethic? Why?
In my opinion work ethic is far more important. Talent is more often than not the result of a strong work ethic. Natural talent is a fantastic advantage to the individual, however, work ethic contributes to a culture, which benefits all involved.
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
I think there is a negative expectation and/or desire to stay busy. One’s “busy-ness” becomes is a measure of one’s “business.” I’ve found that a sense of guilt is an unfortunate side-effect when one stops being busy, which adversely affects mental health and one’s sense of self-worth. Furthermore, this need to stay busy limits one’s ability to think more strategically. A task-oriented workday results in completed tasks, however, I think it limits one’s ability to comprehend how each task contributes to the overall objective and where the gaps are.
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
It’s hard for me to imagine a way I change the world through some type of direct intervention. I suppose I just want to improve the world by being one more person who doesn’t actively exacerbate the situation. I want to lead by example by seeking long-term success for many/all instead of instant gratification for one/a few. This would be akin to the Native American philosophy of making decisions with future generations in mind. If this were a widespread belief and actually practiced, I think the world would be infinitely better.