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7 Questions with Scott Grady

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7 Questions with Scott Grady

Name: Scott Grady

Current title: President

Current organisation: SSR Lighting Technologies

7 Questions with Scott Grady


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

In the current times, the hardest thing is to keep your time energized and focused.

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

I really just worked my way through the organization accepting any challenges that would improve my skill set. I focused on achieving budgetary goals and building strong teams to support our area of responsibilities.

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

I get up around 5 and spend the first 90 minutes reading email and the news. From there shower and dress. I usually arrive at the office around 7:30 and review the KPIs on the prior day. Staff meeting from 8:30-10:00.

Most days we have meetings with different departments depending on the day from 1-3. I review email from 3-4 and walk the floor talking to staff for a little bit. I try to go through the heavy reading after the staff leaves in my area. I usually get out at 6:30-7. I drive home, eat, read a little, then lay down around 10:30.

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

You cannot push you people to manage in your style. You must allow them to manage to the goal, not throw your eyes. Your team is the most important asset.

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?

Tribal Management

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

You need to look into the organization for stars that haven't shown their true colors yet. Some people need to be pulled and pushed to the front of the line in order to be seen

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

Meeting the families and employees at the different locations. You learn of the issues in some of their lives and how they have struggled in many cases and came out on top,

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