CEO-Ready: Hire for Attitude

Posted by Andrew Musto on 7/5/18 8:31 AM

This time on CEO-Ready, we're with PaveCo Founder/CEO Darin Whelan. Darin talks about the importance of hiring for attitude (be happy!) first and for skill second. He also talks about the creative ways he is instilling a close-knit culture, which is leading to major growth and success of the entire team and company.  PaveCo is even adopting the CEO-Ready concept into their every day job performance (which was a big hit with yours truly)!

Darin lives out the CEO-Ready culture personally by trying to transform the lives of the people in his company.  His "job as a leader" is to elevate his team, individually and collectively, however he can. 

Side note: that's a 1-ton Bomag roller in the background ... Can't miss out on a sunny day in New England!

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Topics: Culture, Video, CEO Ready, People, Team, Leadership

CEO-Ready: Leading with Inspiration

Posted by Andrew Musto on 7/1/18 5:10 PM

This week on CEO-Ready, we're at New Balance world headquarters at Boston Landing to meet with Kassia Davis, Director of Global Merchandising. Kassia discusses the importance of leading by example and with inspiration. The key for Kassia is surrounding herself with talent and ensuring each team member feels empowered to execute on her vision.  

When the team is built around New Balance core values, truly believes in actively listening, and feels the confidence of their leader behind them every step of the way, great things are possible.  The creativity and mobilized approach to both design and inevitable problem-solving results from a balance of big-picture visioning and detailed, execution-driven mindsets.  A truly balanced team!

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Topics: Culture, Video, CEO Ready, People, Team, Leadership

CEO-Ready: Walk the Walk

Posted by Andrew Musto on 4/27/18 4:53 PM

This week on CEO-Ready, we're visiting with U.S. Pavement's Crew #2 Foreman, Kynan Mello.  Kynan talks about grinding with "his guys" and what it does to morale, camaraderie, and overall team performance to work side-by-side every day.  "K" as he is known, talks about how the CEO-Ready culture is all about being mentally and physically prepared for the work every day.

Having been with the company for 7 years, both in our Concrete division and, more recently, in our Paving division, K knows the trajectory possible with one takes pride in their work and strives ("that hunger") to align their own ambitions with the company's.

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Topics: Culture, Video, CEO Ready, People, Team, Construction

CEO-Ready: Building the Family

Posted by Andrew Musto on 4/12/18 10:04 AM

This time on CEO-Ready, we're visiting with U.S. Pavement's Superintendent of Asphalt Maintenance, Chris Snyder.  Chris brings a perspective of knowing the work, having led crews and teams in multiple divisions over the years.  He talks with us about how the CEO-Ready culture plays out in the field and the types of individuals he's looking to bring into "the family": Hungry people looking to learn, listen, and eventually lead.

Chris has led our Asphalt Maintenance and Infrared Repair divisions, learning along the way what it takes to be recognized as a leader: The experienced person with all the answers.  It doesn't happen overnight, but it can come to fruition with the right mix of trust, experience, and everyone driving for one goal.

Check this installment out - the sixth in our CEO-Ready video series!  Join us again next week as we continue the exploration of this topic.

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Topics: Culture, Video, CEO Ready, People, Team, Construction

CEO-Ready: Applying the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Posted by Andrew Musto on 3/23/18 4:38 PM

This week, we're visiting with Samuels & Associates' COO and Principal, Leslie Cohen.  Leslie talks with us about how the CEO-Ready culture plays out in the real estate and development industry.  How developing the soft skills and intangibles - along with active learning and working to "fine tune these skills" - leads to better communication, more active listening, and ultimately a stronger executive presence. 

Samuels & Associates is known as one of the most creative and entrepreneurial mixed-use developers based in the Boston area.  Leslie discusses how leadership often involves taking calculated risks, analyzing all the information available to you but also realizing that the information available is never perfect. 

By working continuously and deliberately on developing skills at all levels, everyone in the organization has access to the tools needed to improve communication, to build relationships, and successfully execute strategy.

Check this installment out - the fifth in our CEO-Ready video series!  Join us again next week as we continue the exploration of this topic.

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Topics: Culture, Video, CEO Ready, People, Team, Real Estate, Construction