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7 Questions with Andrew Ysasi
Name: Andrew Ysasi
Current title: VP Advocacy
Current organisation: VRC
Andrew Ysasi (EE-SA-SEE), MS, FIP, FIIM, CIPM, CIGO, CISM, PMP, CRM, IGP, CIP, CSAP has 25 years of experience in executive leadership, technology, privacy, security, and information governance. As Vice President of Advocacy for VRC, Andrew is tasked with mentoring, educating, volunteering, and advocating for all matters related to information governance (IG). Andrew is the President of IG GURU®, an IG news organization and a resume expert with Admovio®, where his work is published on CIO.com. Andrew is an instructor at San Jose State University’s School of Information, a contributor to ARMA’s IGBOK, a contributor to Wiley’s Information Governance 2nd Edition, a former board member for i-SIGMA, and a volunteer for the ICRM since 2012. He was elected as President-Elect in 2020 for the ICRM.
Andrew has a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, a bachelor of science in information technology, and a certificate in data analytics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
The most challenging is adjusting to client expectations and ensuring service expectations are met.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
It was a combination of several factors. Networking, education, certification, and achievements were all factors in becoming an executive. It also takes time to accomplish and build your network, finish school, and apply your knowledge successfully.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Being organized is extremely important, however, scheduling time to free think and not be distracted is critical. I typically have this time schedule during the day. I also use my calendar and notes to keep track of meetings and action items.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Active listening. Leaders are trusted to lead and it is imperative to listen to stakeholders and have a dialogue.
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?
Multipliers by Liz Wiseman. Her book will likely be one of the best leadership books of our time. Improving on what you do best and improving what you struggle at helps move the progress meter significantly over time.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Building leadership requires commitment from the top executives and there has to be an incentive for leaders and prospective leaders.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
Numbers and data tell just one side of the story. Understanding processes and how work gets accomplished can help fill the gaps. Use both data and work processes to make determinations.