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7 Questions with Nicholas John Stauff

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7 Questions with Nicholas John Stauff

Name: Nicholas John Stauff

Current title: Vice President of Sales

Current organisation: Global Shared Services


Father of two and husband of one. I actively seek difficult adventures and hobbies. e.g. Jiu Jitsu, rock climbing, Crossfit, Ironman, and golf. Currently a Sales executive with strong ties to the restaurant industry. Additionally I am Real estate entrepreneur who has also opened and sold a million dollar franchise.

7 Questions with Nicholas John Stauff

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

Managing all levels of personalities and the ever changing transparent culture we currently live in.


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

Confidence and results through experience.


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

I am very structured. Get up at the same time every day, even on non-working days. The gym is a priority and it is either a workout before the kids wake up or right after and get them on their day. I book myself consistently in my calendar. Blocks for meetings, meeting prep, prospecting, breaks, kids events, etc. I make sure to have dinner with my family everyday (minus days I am out of town). I also make sure to be present with my family until it is time for bed. I turn off all personal electronics at 8pm. After the kids are in bed I then read or once in a while I will watch a little television.

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

Nothing is permanent. Things or people change, develop, evolve, regress, etc.


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?

The Happiness Hypothesis. This book helped me understand why I have a desire to always be in control and sticking to a plan. It made me realize there are many different types of personalities and paths to happiness and if I allow myself to be happy it makes others happy as well. Being happy is a pursuit and guiding others on their pursuit relates perfectly to managing and leading.


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

Trust and confidence.


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

I was extremely nervous for my first call with a very large owner of a PE firm. The guy was worth hundreds of millions of dollars and he carved out 30 mins of his time for me. It was a virtual call and during the call his daughter popped into the screen and said hi. He apologized and said that the current climate is a struggle with homeschooling, distractions, etc. It humanized him and made me realize that no matter the person, the title, the net worth, etc we are all humans and probably put our pants on the same way every morning. Moving forward, I continued to be myself and not pretend to be somebody else. That built loads of confidence.