John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.
The new era we’ve entered feels hungry for improved leadership. Maybe it’s because we’ve had a nice nine-year run of economic growth that’s hidden our real business problems, and they are just starting to surface. Maybe it’s because more millennials are moving into leadership positions, and they are motivated by something deeper than monetary rewards. Whatever the reason is, this hunger is fantastic. The more people who care about improving their leadership skills, the better off our businesses and people will be.
The first interview went fairly well. He was polished, well spoken, and said many of the right things. He talked about his prior experience and his desire to be part of something that he helped build. In addition to his skillset, he clearly had something inside him that intrigued me but didn’t exactly fill an immediate void. As we shook hands that day, I knew we could be friends, but was unsure if we would be colleagues.
It was 7PM on a Thursday, a few months ago. A part of me wanted to leave – to get back home, eat a nice dinner, play with my kids, talk to my wife, and lounge on my soft couch. Long hours, team members counting on you, and an increasing pressure to increase revenue will do that to you.
The interview was off to a good start. He was smart, confident, had an impressive resume, and carried himself well. I then asked him one of my favorite questions, “What do you really want to do?” He had yet to pause the entire meeting and then fired out another confident response.