Name: Robert Dodge
Title: CEO Global Risk Services
Robert is a recognized global security expert with over 25 years of experience in security, investigations and consulting. He has worked on security and investigative projects in more than 90 countries around the world.
Robert currently serves as CEO of Prosegur Global Risk, a key business unit of the world’s third largest security company, where he leads the team that advises some of the largest organizations around the world on risk mitigation and security strategies. Prior to joining Prosegur, he was Global President of the Corporate Risk Services Division at G4S at the time the world's largest security firm with 600,000 employees in 100 countries. He also spent 14 years with Pinkerton, one of the world’s largest risk management firms as the International Senior Vice President, responsible for managing all of Pinkerton’s international offices and operations. Early in his career Robert served honorably in the U.S. Navy.
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1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Managing large global organizations with personnel in different countries/time zones etc
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Really on the job, started learning leadership in the Military, drawing learnings from some of the leaders I had as well as during the early stages of my private sector career. I really grew into the leader I am today, one step at a time over the course of my career.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Early Mornings are key for me, I get a lot done while most are sleeping and try and stay ahead of the business and being proactive. I also spend sometimes on weekends getting ahead of activities for the following weeks.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
It's lonely at the top of any organization/division, you can never let up or let your guard down...business world is unforgiving and constant sustained performance is key to success.
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?
Sun Tzu, the Art of War i have always found the lessons of the book can be applied to everything we do in the business world and have embraced it throughout my career, and the various strategies i have employed in the marketplace and with my management teams.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Make sure you have passion/enjoy what you do, if you do you will be successful, if not probably not.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
Earlier in my career when traveling extensively internationally, and often to some less developed countries and interacting with employees/contacts and being able to influence and help them in a positive manner by just doing the little things/sharing knowledge that to them were big things and feeling good about helping others develop is always rewarding to me.