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 Hi! I am JB 

Business Advisor  |  Pragmatic Operator  |  Trouble-shooter

Organizational Coach  |  Board Director  |  Angel Investor

 My Experience 

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 My Business Beliefs 

believe  that great products and the teams that create them are at the core of a great company.  Everything else should be in service to that core.

I focus on both you as an individual and the role you play in your team. The team is paramount, and so I always insist on team first behaviour.  When faced with issues I look initially at the team, not the problem.  At the core of this is using data science and also my experience to  identify opportunities and tensions among teammates and figuring out how to enhance individual and team performance.  

 

I push leaders to lead, especially when things are bleak.  I sort out the biggest problems, the elephants in the room, and bring them front and centre, ensuring they get looked at first.  I prize decisiveness; as strong leaders recognise when the time for debate is over and make a decision.  I seek people to drive towards management excellence, and always reinforce the importance of simple practices that add up to a strong operation.   

 My Work-Life Story 

 Built On Trust 

believe  that any good relationship is built on trust.   And I prioritise building trust and loyalty with the people I work with.  

I firmly believe in diversity -- the best teams always include everyone and ensure they can completely be themselves at work and in life. I bring that mindset to the teams and workplaces I join.

 

I think that managers who put their people first and run a strong operation are held as leaders by their employees: these managers don’t assume leadership they earn it: 'Your title makes your a manager, your people make you a leader.'

 

I appreciate the ‘aberrant genius’, the strong performer whose behaviour can stray outside the norm. I also advocate coaching firmly people if their attitude or delivery endangers the team or company culture. 

 

I focus completely on your objectives, am relentlessly candid and often believe in you more than you believe in yourself.

 How I Work 

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I succeed when my partners thrive.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, some style, and some friends.

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I strive for simplicity in everything.

There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that people sometimes do not appreciate in the thirst for intricate solutions.  Occam’s razor always gives the best shave.

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I am driven by a quest for knowledge.

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.  And real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

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I work best together as a friend and family.

You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it's all about whoever you call your family.  The memories we make with our friends and family is everything.

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I think big and dare to be audacious.

The most fearless hearts, the audacious dreamers, have always maintained a sense of optimism that often flies in the face of the available evidence.

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I always champion the customer.

Helping my partners become the “best you” is for my part a day-in, day-out, ongoing, never-ending, unremitting, persevering, compassionate type of activity.

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I am fast and easy to work with.

Working together with my partners I try to do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a million clicks begins with a series of post-it ticks.

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I constantly challenge the norm.

The need to innovate the status quo is just more obvious when you're challenging than when you're winning.  But for me working with my partners it is no less urgent.

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I am relentlessly curious and learn every day.

Building for my partners a workplace that encourages self-awareness, respect and diversity gives them an environment where the most productive, curious, and innovative people thrive.

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I am trusting of others and have fun together with them.

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.   I trust my partners as my default.  Let’s have some fun and build something awesome.