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7 Questions with Sherry Knight
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7 Questions with Sherry Knight
Name: Sherry Knight
Current title: President & CEO
Current organisation: Dimension 11
Sherry is wife to John and step mom to 5 great kids and their families of children and animals. She is also the human mom to Columbus, a rescue cat that has added to the family's bliss. She has had the privilege of working on every continent except Antarctica - travel is a joy for her. In her work of helping individuals and business owners she comes from experience. Her clients tell her she is real and provides "hands on" tactics that work to put the strategy in place.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
To ensure trust is present - so staff know that I have their backs at all times.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Dimension 11 is an organization that started to guide people in building themselves. In fact, the Dimension of the name of the company stands for the various dimensions of the human being, and the 11 is the infinity of the number 1 and the infinity of the human being to grow to their full potential. This started when people (later clients) started coming to me and asking for help in moving forward.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Up between 6 and 6:30 am - walk in the summer, shower, dress, breakfast, review emails, post thoughts on social media. Get to the office by 9:00 am - spend the morning working on various projects. In the afternoon I work on accomplishing what else needs to be done. I take 1 hour at the end of the day to again work on a project without interruption and then plan the next day before heading home sometime between 6 and 8:00 pm
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Nothing matters except trust.
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?
Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz which showed me the strength of the human mind. Change or Die by Alan Deutschman which reminds me how difficult it can be for humans to change and how we can change when we have the process in place.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Be the leader you want your leaders to be - when they see you and trust you because you are authentic, then you will have the best leadership team ever!
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 always ask staff, "What is it I can help you with?" This generally is in the morning when I go to each person on our leadership team. One new member of our team (someone in their early 50's) looked at me and said, "No one has ever asked me how they could help me before." It reminded me that my job is to help others be the best they can be.