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7 Questions with Deandre Jones
Name: Deandre Jones
Current title: Chief Energy Officer
Current organisation: Jump Ahead L3C
Deandre was born in Chicago, Ill and brought up in Michigan he's a natural born leader, Political Activist, Political Advisor, Environmentalist, A Precinct Delegate, & Entrepreneur, & Lover of humanity. Deandre has aspirations to be a global business leader that changes economics of countries all over the world.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Although I don't run a large enterprise right now I feel like my biggest challenges will just be working with other CEOs making sure they're culturally diverse and Inclusive it's a lot of major corporations that make good revenues but have terrible business practices. I hope to make CEO's care more about their consumers and employees.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I won a $10,000 Grant back in 2018 to partner with the City of Grand Rapids to create a program for non-violence this work led me to working with local high schools and giving youth and young adults stipends for $450, service learning, special events, and workshops. I envision myself building community centers across the world now.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Usually I wake up early to workout, read and then go about my day. I usually have a couple meetings during the day to find resources and expand my business or make it better and efficient.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
I've learned as a leader that even the best leaders have to be listeners. You have to always want the best interest for those around you even if you don't agree with those around you. Being a leader is tough but I'd rather take the leading role in anything because there is strength to be built while leading the way for others.
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?
Wally Amos the man with no name. That book inspires me because I believe everything that is physical isn't real but spiritually you can create something that is real and meaningful to others.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
I believe great leaders create other leaders I also believe that leadership skills can be learned not everyone is a natural born leader and that's ok, but i do believe having good business practices, treating your employees with a caring attitude, being ethical, culturally diverse and inclusive, and providing equity is are ways to build great leaders in a large enterprise.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
One meaningful story that comes to mind when thinking about being a CEO is just following and believing in your vision for your company some people may not see your vision rather its a global, national, or local vision. I love the stories about entrepreneurs and visionaries never giving into societal norms and breaking barriers; those will always be my favorite stories.