Name: Garrett Smith
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Organisation: Concentric Industries DAO
Smith is parlaying 4 decades of experience in award-winning Energy, Food, Air & Water technologies and his 20+ stewardshipTECH PROCESS PATENTS to a new Decentralized Autonomous Organization. ConcentricDAO, though its EFCOM (Engineer+Finance+Construct+Operate+Maintain) business model, truly “Represents the Future of Energy, Food, Air & Water for The Whole World”™️.
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Garrett's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Having amazing solutions for the world’s gravest challenges, and pouring my heart and mind into giving them away, yet seemingly battling for efficacy - how to effectively get this amazing point across?!?
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Vision. Man With Vision Thrives. A vision for a Better world, where lack is annihilated by Abundance produced by our pureTECH IS the ultimate “WHY”. Having those out front makes servantLeadership a Labour of Love.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Sound Body + Sound Mind is vital. I am an Ironman®️ endurance sport Triathlete. I integrate fitness into my routine, which includes hydration and rest. I work hard and play hard.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Unless I can elegantly convey my Vision, it stays only with me. I often lie awake at night, battling to find productive ways to give away what we have: real answers to the whole world’s real questions.
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 IMPOSSIBLE TAKES LONGER by Vera Weizmann, a memoir by the wife of Chaim Weizmann, the venerable Statesman & Scientist. Reading first-hand stories about how durable optimism matters. I have Real Solutions to the world’s Real Challenges in hunger & dehydration, poverty & pollution, disease & climate. By staying the course, even answering this survey, keeps me going, and may be the missing link to open the key door.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Build key relationships early with lawyers and bankers. I made the mistake of assuming that people WANT to be a part of solving key problems and that my engineering technologies would sell themselves. Instead, I was sabotaged and left alone without help. The world is full of treachery - stay Hopeful and Optimistic but also be vigilant.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
This story is about me. It’s still being played out: PARADOX