We’re continuing our profiles on leadership series with Greg Vochis, Interim Chief Financial Officer
Don’t assume you’re right or that you have to make every decision just because you’re the leader. You often can learn more from your team and peers than what you might know on your own. Other people will give insight that you might not think of, so be sure to value their input and suggestions.
What are your top tips for productivity?
I’m not always successful, but I try to limit distractions as much as possible when I’m trying to get a key project accomplished. This includes closing my email, turning off any instant messenger programs, and closing my office door. While I like to think I can multitask, I know that it’s not very efficient. It’s amazing how much I can get done when I focus on one task at a time.
Do you think it’s important to fail? Why or why not.
I believe I’ve learned more from my failures than my successes. Those failures show you how you can improve, what people are looking for, and that you can’t expect to be perfect. I’ve had some great bosses who allowed me to fail, but then were there to help me improve instead of making me feel bad for the failure. I think this is key, having a supportive supervisor or mentor who helps you improve after a failure.