Name: Dave Eddy
Title: Managing Director
Organisation: Redback Solutions
Managing Director at Redback Solutions. Founded in 1999, Redback is one of Australia’s longest-running digital agencies. We specialise in website design and development, digital marketing and content. From small-medium companies, to large institutions, universities, government, NGOs and Ecommerce brands, our team of 30 have experience producing results for a broad range of clients, receiving multiple national and international awards. Check out https://www.rb.com.au
Co-founder of Camplify. Since 2015, we've been on a mission to become the world's largest and most trusted caravan & motorhome sharing community, making 'van life' accessible to all. Market leader in Australia, the UK, EU & NZ, listed on the ASX June 2021. Check out https://chl.global
Brought up in tiny Australian mining towns, I've lived in Newcastle NSW since 2008 and absolutely love the place.
I'm into dad jokes, new experiences, travel, my beautiful wife/daughter/puppy/friends/family, business, growing, creating, enjoying.
Have been known to strut around in pepperoni #BudgySmugglers, do Bollywood dancing in public and gas out in the boxing ring :-P
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Dave's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Finding quality talent
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I've always been inclined to lead vs follow, but my first "leadership" role came when I quit my day job to start my own thing with 2 employees
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Most days it's a 4am wake up, get ready, head straight into the office. Tackle deep work before everyone else is online and then most of the day is calls/meetings + tackling problems as they arise. Child care pick ups, family time, in bed by 7:30pm
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
The buck stops with the leader - good leaders take responsibility for everything within their business / team.
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?
Leaders eat last - Simon Sinek. The buck stops with the leader - good leaders take responsibility for everything within their business / team.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Be patient. Act like a leader for years before you become one. Act like a business owner for years before you become one.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
The most meaningful stories to me are the small moments when you notice your team members experiencing little wins or growing as people with my support