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Meet the Team: Ted!

Why is Grit important to you?

Our CEO is a passionate believer in Grit, and we send Angela’s book to clients, prospects and our network all the time.  A few years back, I participated in a weeklong executive leadership program at the Center for Creative Leadership and learned that I test very high on the attribute of Belief.  In my experience, grit equates to tenacity and belief and has been a significant contributor to my success personally and professionally.

What is your Grit score?

I score 4.0/5.0 but when it comes to things, I am passionate about, it’s all 5s. As a career sales professional, I have genuinely operated with a desire to help, not sell.  Helping people and organizations is a passion and fortunately one of my gifts so grit comes easy in my chosen line of work. 

Curious what your grit score is? You can take the quiz here!

What’s a personal hobby that you’re passionate about?

I have always been athletically inclined, but as I have aged, I have become especially interested in golf.

What’s your out of the office learning goal?

I am extremely motivated by learning new things and fortunately our business exposes me to new technology, business models and great leaders.  Outside of the office, I am currently exploring opportunities and scholarship for people with disabilities as my daughter has CP and about to graduate from high school. 

What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever gotten?

Focus on what you can control, be nice and considerate of others and let the rest take care of itself.  Worry and control are killers.

What’s something interesting that you’ve read, listened to, or watched recently?

While I read it some time ago, I particularly enjoy the story of the Getty Kouros in Malcom Gladwell’s book, Blink.  Advice and insight are important but at some point, you have to make a decision.  Andy Grove in his book, Only the Paranoid Survive, put the responsibility squarely on leaders to make the hard choices.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

My father sold diesel engines and at a young age I decided I wanted to be a salesperson too.  It may have had something to do with a large green motorhome that his company used for entertaining that we used every summer for a family vacation.

Are you a cat or a dog person?

I grew up in a family of 5 boys and my mother didn’t have the bandwidth for a dog, so we used to invite our neighbors’ dog to sleep over.  Recently, my wife and daughter got our first family dog, a cockapoo name Tomlin, that I absolutely love!

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