Please visit Terry's Blog and other links - his work is always worth reading.
Trevor - Tell us where you are based in the US and a little about your career
Terry - I’m currently living in Stamford, Connecticut. I’ve moved around quite a bit in my lifetime – I grew up in Wisconsin, went to college in Texas, and worked in California and Virginia before moving to Connecticut. I’ve been in the financial and service industries for nearly 27 years, starting as a CPA and then moving over to Operations Management (back in 1987). I’m now a SVP - Operations of a service industry based in the Rocky Mountain west, and I manage over 1,100 employees. I’ve been blessed to be able to learn and practice leadership skills that I am happy to share on my blog, “Ramblings From a Glass Half Full”.
Trevor - I love your mantra – “ramblings from a glass half full” - tell us where that comes from
Terry - On Christmas Day 2005, on a lark I decided to start a blog. As I sat in front of the computer thinking about what to name it, I remembered a time during my career where someone lamented that I always looked at the glass “half-full”. It was really a badge of honor, because I truly am a “realistic optimist”. So I added the “Ramblings” and off I went! I’ve now been blogging for over 3 years, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
Trevor - I know you are well ahead of the curve on technology Terry – at least well ahead of me. What is the next big thing?
Terry - It’s bringing high-speed IP video to the home – including the TV set – and the mobile device, setting the stage for a true “any show, anytime, anywhere” experience. There’s a lot of chatter happening about this on the business pages these days. The big question is when this convergence will happen. My guess is that it will be as the “Millennium” generation (those 18-34 right now) becomes the dominant demographic in about 4-5 years.
Trevor - How do leaders retain the enthusiasm of employees?
Terry - It’s really no big secret Trevor – a leader has to set the example by his or her own passion and enthusiasm. It has to start at the top. That leadership passion then needs to be constantly reinforced by good and frequent communication with peers and teammates, as well as through a healthy corporate transparency and openness to new ideas. It’s also important to make sure every teammate knows how his or her role makes a difference in the success of the business, and they “buy in” to the overall vision and strategy. That’s what I spend a lot of time doing as a leader.
Trevor - Tell me about SOBCon and how can people get involved in that?
Terry - SOBCon (SOB stands for “Successful and Outstanding Bloggers’) has been a labor of love for my partner Liz Strauss and I since 2007. It’s an annual gathering in Chicago, Illinois of fellow Bloggers and businesspeople that is designed to be an intense and high value learning experience on the “ROI of Relationships” – using our online platforms, tools and personal connections to maximize the value of our businesses. I can tell you Trevor that the 2007 and 2008 events were two of the best and fulfilling experiences of my life, and I expect the 2009 version to be just as exceptional. This year SOBCon09 will be held from May 1-3, and more information can be found at our website, http://www.sobevent.com
Trevor - When are you writing the book Terry?
Terry - As soon as I can find the time to write it, Trevor. I do have a title though – I would be happy to give it its “world premiere” on your website: “The Secret Life of Terry Starbucker”. What do you think?
Trevor – Sounds good to me. Always feel free to use Simplicity Blog to promote your work my friend. Finally Terry, how can people find you?
Terry - I blog at http://www.terrystarbucker.com
I’m on Twitter at http://twitter.com/starbucker
And I’d also be happy to hear from you at my e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks Trevor, it was a pleasure!
Trevor – Cheers Terry the pleasure is mine and best of luck with SOBcon09 in May.