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7 Questions with Jennifer Williams

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7 Questions with Jennifer Williams

Name: Jennifer Williams

Current title: Ceo

Current organization: Hawkeye Safety & Security Enterprises

18 years in higher education from lower level positions to executive level. Stepped out of education into bureau Chief of city operations with the Mayor for city of Stamford then started my own companies. I managed multi billion dollar companies and I noticed the amount of money my efficient and effective strategies were in operations, so I decided to do it for myself!

7 Questions  with Jennifer Williams

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1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Implementing change effectively across all departments.

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Started from the bottom, became great at my niche and continued to enhance my skills and knowledge. Learned every part of the education business, I knew one day I would own my own.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I have a to do list from the day before, I prioritize it based on the urgency or deadlines (if applicable). Then I use that all day to get the work done.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

You can’t help everyone, as a leader.. transformational leader our goal is to help others become leaders and sometimes after working with someone for so long you realize that some are not born leaders but some cannot even be taught leadership. Leadership is a servant position in the professional career space. Some just can’t understand that… they mistake the power.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Emotional Intelligence 2.0, I was told by another CEO that I needed emotional intelligence and I read the book and realized I truly did. This book helped me realize my weaknesses with others and their perception of me. This book helped me increase my self awareness and allowed me to be a better leader for others.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

You find your A players and as you coach your players, you guide and coach them on how to find their replacements so in essence we are all building leaders one body at a time. It’s a chain reaction and if done effectively it’s probably the most efficient and rewarding way to build leadership capacity.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

When you do find a leader who doesn’t see or think they are leadership material and you spend time coaching and they blossom. I’ve had several I hired from appliance stores, fast food restaurants that were cashiers or sales reps and now they have six figure income in high level executive roles. This is why in leadership, I change lives! Whether with staffing, clients or students!