The Million Dollar Education

Share On Purpose is now a place of possibilities, but building this company was not easy. It was a lesson in perseverance through some very difficult times to ultimately find success.

I’d like to think of the early formation of Share On Purpose as a “million-dollar education” rather than a mistake, but at the time it felt very much like a HUGE blunder.

After selling a multi-million-dollar consulting business in early 2008, I decided to “invest” $500,000 in purposeful ideas with the goal of assisting entrepreneurs in bringing meaningful concepts to market.

From 2010-2012 we operated a business incubation program, launching 14 brands with 12 different entrepreneurs, including two brands (Succeed On Purpose and IGNITE On Purpose) that were my original ideas. Leveraging the Succeed On Purpose business training platform, we created a FREE 6-month business incubation program for purposeful entrepreneurs. At the end of the program, our management team determined if we wanted to invest cash in the incubated concept. These investments ranged from $10K to $100K in exchange for equity participation in these purposeful ideas.

We also provided office space, a CPA/Group Controller to manage accounting, and an operating team to help with the overall execution of the concepts. The aspiring entrepreneurs didn’t have to pay upfront for these resources. We assumed all risk, with the goal of earning distributions from equity positions that would eventually provide an investment ROI. The idea was simple: We only made money when everyone else made money, and we provided both the know-how and capital. A true win-win.

Perfect, right?

Wrong. Not only did I lose the $500K of initial investment but had to inject another $500K just to stay afloat. The businesses struggled to meet financial projections and many went under completely.

With spiraling negative cash flow due to infrastructure, we were forced to either exit each business at a huge loss, buy the business outright, or shut it down and assume the debt. Like I said, many would consider this a huge failure, but it was truly a million-dollar education.

  • Was it a million-dollar education on how to build businesses? Nope. I’ve built several successful businesses.
  • Was it a lesson on how to invest? Nope. I’ve made a lot of money investing in brands of all sizes.
  • How about an education in how to select entrepreneurial leaders? Nope. These were all wonderful people with great ideas.
  • Maybe it was a lesson in how to invest in start-ups? Nope. Not even that.

In fact, it wasn’t an education in anything related to business. It was a lesson in how NOT to quit.

One would assume that I would have already learned this lesson (how not to quit), as I’ve had a history of personal and professional challenges throughout my life. But this was different. It was bigger somehow. I’d never tried to do something this meaningful. I’d never tried to do something based on my purpose to inspire potential.

Learning how to stay the course when it gets tough isn’t all I learned about not quitting. What I learned was a hard-core lesson in the power of perseverance. Perseverance strengthens us. It prepares us for more.

Perseverance is an energetic force, and it’s through the energetic power of perseverance that we learn how to BE more as a path to having more. BEING more isn’t just about knowledge or experience. To BE more means that we’re able to access more of our potential. And, when we access more of our human potential, our dreams get bigger and our lives get better.

All great leaders, athletes, warriors, and entrepreneurs learn about perseverance. The only common denominator of successful people is perseverance. The refusal to quit. What most don’t realize, however, is that it’s not about quitting. It’s about tapping into the energetic power of perseverance. Every single person has an unlimited supply of perseverance, but only a few people know how to access it.

Ironically, the original dream for what is now Share On Purpose never changed. We’d set a bold vision in 2009 to build a place where great people did great things. We aspired to create purposeful brands that were game changers in their respective industries, with companies that were performance-based and leaders that were driven, yet purposeful.

Today, many people want what I have. They want to run an amazing portfolio of businesses and get to create brands that solve real problems. They want to attract amazing talent and develop them into world-class leaders, but not many people are willing to do what I’ve done in order to have their dream. Not because they are incapable, but because they haven’t learned how to tap into perseverance.

To access perseverance, you have to first realize that it is an energetic force, which means we access it. This force is already in us, waiting to be unleashed.

To access perseverance, we have to think in terms of “whatever it takes” or “find a way.” When life gets hard, it doesn’t mean that we should quit, it simply means we have to FIND A WAY. We have to think differently, learn something new, or look for a solution elsewhere. Or, sometimes we simply need to ask for help.

There’s ALWAYS a way to get what you want. Sometimes it’s persisting on the current path. Sometimes it’s finding another route. Sometimes it’s changing the approach altogether. But there is always a way.

At Share On Purpose, we have built a place where GREAT people do great things. The emphasis is ALWAYS on great people doing great things.

Share On Purpose hires driven, emerging leaders and we GROW them. With our emphasis on career development, we focus on preparing, teaching, mentoring and developing each individual into the role best suited to them. I like to say that we grow leaders who launch businesses. We teach these leaders about the power of perseverance and how to maximize their potential. We help them discover their passions and help them chart a course to go after big dreams.

We have multiple brands in our Business Cultivator today, and we’re looking for passionate leaders to launch these ideas. Also, many of our emerging leaders will soon get to create business concepts for us to cultivate. Through their passion and purpose, these leaders will identify world problems they want to solve. Working with our executive team, our emerging leaders will “Imagineer” ideas that will make the world better.

Pretty cool, right? Yes, if you can access perseverance. Perseverance strengthens, and when you access it, you’ll find a way.

Was the million-dollar education in perseverance worth it? Yep. And worth every penny.

Collaborating to Win

Be honest, do you ever take on too much? Too often we try to accomplish everything ourselves and end up taking on more responsibility than is necessary.

As a serial entrepreneur, and a leader of aspiring executives who are also entrepreneurial, breaking the habit of trying to “go it alone” has been paramount. Leaders who do not master the art of collaboration are overworked, get limited results, or in some cases, both.

Our success at Share On Purpose is in large part because of the principle – Together is More: Collaboration Fuels Quality.

WHAT IS “TOGETHER IS MORE”?

The guiding principle Together Is More is about collaboration. Collaboration as a discipline is not well understood because the corporate management system by which most professionals start their career is deeply flawed. In most companies, failure is punished severely, which diminishes the willingness to take calculated risks, and includes an intense focus on individual accountability versus individual and team performance.

This translates into individuals and departments working independently, and in some cases against each other, rather than collaborating to win collectively. This lack of natural collaboration built into the cultural framework impacts productivity and results. It also slowly erodes trust, developing a cut-throat environment, rather than a place of possibilities.

The guiding principle Together is More requires that the executive team models collaboration from the top down, while ensuring collaboration occurs throughout the organization. It’s something that’s not just “talked about” but is embedded into the entire management structure, as it is role modeled at all management levels.

WHY COLLABORATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS

Building a place of possibilities is, in large part, dependent upon the effectiveness of the organization, which hinges on its ability to collaborate. Establishing a culture that has a foundation of collaboration will have a significant impact on the organization’s effectiveness and, ultimately, the growth potential of the business and the individuals supporting it.

collaborationHOW DO YOU BUILD COLLABORATION INTO YOUR CULTURE?

Effective collaboration requires a win-win mindset from every level of the organization.

For example, executives and middle management MUST believe:

  • No one can win unless we all win.
  • When an individual wins, we win as a team.

It requires a commitment to win-win relationships between employees and managers, and the company and its contractors.

This is a powerful leadership lesson that facilitates a culture of collaboration and supports a place of possibilities. I am grateful that our top executives model this attribute and have adopted a collaboration mindset.

If a company that has authentic collaboration among all of its team members sounds like a place where you’d want to work, consider applying for one of our open positions.

Supportive – A Key Cultural Ingredient

Share On Purpose is a place of possibilities. Once we created that bold vision, we set out to be different.

Over the last 9 years, we’ve evolved our business model several times in order to stay true to that vision. That has included changing our leadership team and staffing model. We had to learn to lead differently in order to unleash the potential of our team members. And we had to accept failure in order to build resiliency.

Our “SHARED” culture was defined in 2013 by key staff members (two who are still here), with the “S” standing for “Supportive.” Back then they asked themselves who we were, and this was the first word that came to their mind, followed by hopeful, authentic, resourceful, enthusiastic and driven.

I’m proud that our associates feel supported. Very proud. With a purpose to “Inspire Potential,” I can’t help but pour into our associates. Knowing they feel that way is very satisfying.

For our leadership team, being supportive means giving associates:

  • The mentoring and coaching necessary to achieve their potential. Despite our small size, we invest heavily in each team member personally and passionately.
  • The freedom to find better ways to do things, and the freedom to challenge leadership. We believe they are smart enough to self-manage and what they lack in experience can be made up for in passion and commitment.
  • A model of authenticity to use as a path to success.

We have big aspirations for the portfolio and the team. The support we offer each other is worth the effort. We know that personal growth requires frequent nurturing, which is why being supportive is a core cultural value.

Here’s what a few of our core team members have to say:

“A key component of my successful venture to the field of marketing and client services through my current role has definitely been the level of support I’ve received from all layers of the company. Everyone, from the CEO to our Engagement Coordinators, is constantly sharing best practices, tools, and insights into the most effective ways to achieve our objectives. This level of ongoing support makes for a highly stimulating and rewarding work culture.” -Gerardo Osorio, Director of Client Operations

“I don’t know if there is a company out there that listens more than the people at Share. With our transparent and supportive culture, there is always someone willing to listen to what you have to say. You can also expect their honest feedback and genuine encouragement. I feel that everyone at the company always wants the best for each individual and their career. They are willing to make personal sacrifices if it means someone else can benefit. I truly think Share is a one-of-a-kind company.” – Cailey Kidman, Engagement Coordinator

“The leadership is committed to supporting the team. They take the time to understand the needs of each individual so they can encourage personal and professional development. I’ve personally experienced growth and witnessed it in the team.” – Stephanie Renna, Talent Manager

If you’re looking for a supportive leadership team to help you grow, check out our available positions and find the right one for you.

Abundance in 2019

Do you ever feel there’s something missing in your life? Maybe you aren’t fulfilled by your current role, or you’ve dreamt of a position you fear you aren’t qualified for.  Or maybe you desire stronger relationships, more travel or better health. Sound familiar?

Share On Purpose hires great people who do great things, and not only gives training on how to excel in any role but proudly teaches each employee how to create more in their lives.

Succeed On Purpose, the first brand created within the Share On Purpose portfolio, offers courses in personal and professional development that each member of the team is invited to attend at no cost to them.

As we start the new year, we are focused on abundance. Not just having more wealth (although that is important) but having MORE in all aspects of life – more success, more joy, and more meaning.

The first step to MORE is understanding the difference between wealth and abundance.

Being wealthy means you have achieved “a great quantity of money and/or possessions.” Wealth is an end state.

Abundance, on the other hand, is an energy you step into.  Abundance is the PROCESS of more. It’s the energy of attraction.

Tapping into the energy of abundance goes beyond financial rewards. It allows us to create more joy and more meaning. Within us flows a powerful energy of abundance. We just need to tap into it and release our ability to CREATE whatever we desire.

Getting Ready for Abundance:

As a person who grew up in poverty, I spent the first half of my career driving towards wealth and success. As I acquired it, I realized I was still not happy.

In order to harness abundance, we have to give up our old ways of being. Particularly our egoic need to try to force an outcome. Here are two ways I had to change:

1) Meaning versus Money:

I learned that in order to create an abundant life, I had to give up the quest for money, and instead, seek meaning.

By focusing on what matters and putting my energy into what I’m passionate about, money will come.

When I look for meaningful work, it means I enjoy what I’m doing, and in the process attract more money. This is where passion comes in. To tap into abundance, we must be passionate about our work. Passion fuels abundance.

2) Freedom versus Control

The second key to abundance is understanding the difference between freedom and control.

The ego wants to control situations, people and outcomes.

But does having more control lead to abundance? No. The truth is, what we really want is freedom. We really want financial freedom, time freedom, and the freedom to just be.

So, what next?

Are you hungry for more?

Do you want to work in a place that’s dynamically cresting from a place of abundance? If you know you’re destined for more and think Share On Purpose might be for you, check out our available positions.

If you desire more beyond your career, Succeed On Purpose invites you to join our 100-Day Prosperity Challenge. You’ll learn tools and techniques that will get you more success, more joy, more meaning AND more money.

Resourcefulness – Obstacles Are an Opportunity for Innovation

One of our company’s power tools is to “use short-term challenges to make long-term impacts.”

The entire Share On Purpose portfolio was born out of innovating our way through challenges. Seriously. All of it.

The vision for the company has never changed, but what we built and how we built it has morphed repeatedly, through mistakes and missteps.

In the early days, it felt like failure; like maybe the dream was too big and we couldn’t do it.

Keep in mind, the goal isn’t just to build ONE company, but to create a portfolio of game-changing companies and to do so with a talented group of emerging leaders.

We want to do this WITH our team – to work with them side-by-side, learning and growing together. It’s the collaboration with other smart leaders that inspires us.

And for me personally, I want to use my innate gift for launching businesses to help these leaders get what they want, including the opportunities to grow and learn. That’s the motivation behind our business model.

So, why has the journey been so difficult?

Two reasons: First, it’s a big vision. We don’t want to just create a company within an industry. In each case, we want to build a company that innovates its industry. Big? Yep.

Like it or not, something that big requires stops and starts, adjustments and frequent pivots. A pivot is a change in strategy or execution – without a change in vision.

Second, it requires resiliency and resourcefulness. There is great power in those attributes, but they take a level of commitment and focus to persevere. All great executives know that.

So as we celebrate our 9 year anniversary, I realize that it’s all been worth it. Every struggle, every mistake, every change, every pivot. All worth it.

Our culture molded itself and created one of our most revered core values – resourcefulness.

Today we know that each challenge reveals a course correction to a more effective way of building this big dream.

If you want to build something great, are committed to growth, and want to create a place of possibilities, join our team.

 

Hopefulness – Your Hidden Super Power

It was the Summer of 2013 and Share On Purpose was failing, even after I’d invested over $1 million dollars and four years of effort.

We were out of cash, had lost our biggest client and did not know if we could make payroll.

It was the most challenging time in our company’s history. Here I was chasing the biggest dream I’d ever had, and still couldn’t make it work.

Even though my business mind said to quit, my heart and soul encouraged me to keep going. Although I felt afraid, my soul was hopeful.

We pulled our six staff members together, two who are still here, and started weekly briefings on our financial status, and more specifically, whether or not they would have a job.

In the midst of this, we were defining our culture and asking them to describe who we were. The words were consistent: Optimistic, Hopeful.

They used these words in the midst of failure, and it was true. We were filled with hope, regardless of the external results.

This is important, not only because it’s part of our cultural fabric, but rather because it’s the key to achieving a dream.

Most of us were taught to use what happens externally as a determination of success.

Messages like: “Did you win?” “Did you get an A in your test?” are pounded into our childhood psyche from early on.

Conversely, because I had grown up in extreme poverty and abuse, I had to learn how to look past the immediate external world to simply find the will to survive.

Rather than look to what was happening around me for hope, I shifted my perspective to the dream of something different. I saw things the way I wanted them to be, rather than what they were. And that filled me with hope.

Today, that hopefulness is now pervasive in our culture. No matter what happens, our core leaders are able to shift their perspective to the good that can come from the challenge, rather than dwell on the challenge itself.

It may sound utopian to some, but it’s who we are at our core. As we near Thanksgiving, I’m most grateful for hope.

– Hope that things will improve in our nation

– Hope that there are better times ahead

– Hope that we are a beacon of “possibilities”

– Hope that we attract the best talent

– Hope for profitable growth

– Hope for powerful new concepts to launch

What are you hopeful about? What do you want to create with this life you’ve been given?

If you want to build something great, bring a spirit of hopefulness to your professional endeavors. Anyone can be critical and judgemental, but those who do great things know that hopefulness is THE attribute that produces victory.

Here’s a quote from the fairy tale “The Ugly Ducking,” that sums it up:

“He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him.”

Happy Thanksgiving. Be a beacon of hope.

 

Developing a Culture of Lifelong Learning

When evaluating a potential employer, the guiding principles, as well as how they are used in business decisions, speak volumes about the company culture and values. Said another way, for you to know whether you will “fit” a company’s culture, you would do well to know these values and understand their importance to the culture. The reason for this is that for a culture to be real, every team member must be aligned with the culture and guiding principles.

The brands within the Share On Purpose portfolio are constantly innovating. For this reason, a principle specific to knowledge acquisition needed to be included and defined. The founding leaders of Share On Purpose asked a few bold questions: How do we build a “learning organization” in an uncertain, rapidly changing world? And, how can the management team be mentored so they lead with these values consistently? Ultimately the goal was to strengthen the culture and service offerings while evolving, expanding and innovating our way to success.

To help answer these questions, a look at the Millennial generation and their “just-in-time learning” philosophy provided valuable insight. Millennials are incredibly resourceful knowledge seekers and quick to learn. They don’t learn because they are told to, or simply to accumulate knowledge. They learn what they need, when they need it, and then apply that knowledge to enhance their lives or grow their careers.

With the help of Share On Purpose’s initial culture team members, the principle adopted regarding training and mentoring was “New Knowledge – Learn it as you need it.” Knowledge is (and always has been) power, which is why a college degree became a necessary management criterion in the baby boomer era. The problem with the accumulation of knowledge today is that our world is changing so fast that most skills are outdated less than a year after they are learned.

For our guiding principles to resonate with the way generations now learn, we had to rethink traditional training models and embrace the “just-in-time learning” modality. That meant defining the value, New Knowledge, and rethinking the Career Matrix to introduce certain management skills as leaders’ careers were evolving. It also meant creating the Share School Online Leadership Training Portal, so that training would be available when emerging leaders needed it, rather than wait for when it would be taught.

There are many things that contribute to building a performance culture, but one of the most important is to use a defined set of values so that leadership and business decisions align with the culture; and then to embed the values into all facets of the organization, especially training.

For Share On Purpose, the guiding principles provide the anchor to the culture from which all decisions, actions, and services are measured against.

If this sounds like an organization you’d like to be a part of, view our available positions and apply now.

Going Above and Beyond

When was the last time a business went above and beyond for you as a customer?  Have you ever had a team member at your own job that went out of their way to ensure success was achieved? That kind of attitude and those kinds of actions, no matter how small, make a huge impact. Having a culture where each member of the team strives to go above and beyond is something a company can foster.

Personal Character is part of your Personal Brand

Getting results is achieved first and foremost through personal character. There is a huge difference between just showing up for the job and exceeding expectations. It’s up to each individual to set their own standard. All of us have a personal brand standard – a definition of how we show up. Much like a vehicle or technology brand.

Each person at a company can impact the business, from the CEO to the receptionist. Being willing to take that extra step is an aspect of one’s personal standard. It has NOTHING to do with your team, manager, or the company you work for.

Shocked? Think about it. You can go above and beyond in just about any environment and for just about any manager. All the environment does is expand the impact and ensure long-term fit.

Companies Set the Standard

Great companies don’t try to force this. Instead, they hire, train, and promote natural performers. There is a big difference.

The truth is, we can’t “make” an employee go the extra mile. True leaders know that and focus on setting the example for their team.

At Share On Purpose, we encourage excellence and autonomy. This combination gives employees the freedom to take those extra steps to strengthen relationships with their team and clients. Going above and beyond is one of our defining principles and something we look for in each individual we bring onboard.

Are You Going Above and Beyond?  

To personally assess if you’re going above and beyond, ask these questions:

  • Do I always give my best effort? Once you’re done, do you check to see if there’s more you could have done? (Passion to Win)
  • Do I practice and prepare? Do I do my best regardless of the circumstances? (Preparation)
  • Do you keep your team and customers top of mind? Are you always looking to enhance relationships? (Customer-centric)

So, is your PERSONAL brand standard an “Above and Beyond” brand? Test yourself and decide.

Share On Purpose is a place of possibilities looking to go the extra mile. If you’re an A player looking for your next opportunity, view our available positions here.

Measuring What Matters: Achieving Client & Career Success

Share On Purpose not only launches and develops brands, but also trains employees to work in, and eventually run these companies.

Within Share On Purpose’s innovative suite of businesses, there are two Authentic Demand GenerationTMcompanies; Promote On Purpose and IGNITE On Purpose. As the largest businesses in the portfolio, they often serve as the first step in employees’ career journeys.

These businesses separate themselves from traditional marketing firms by implementing two science-based tools:

ROI has always been at the foundation of what we do. In fact, both businesses guarantee it.

Getting to ROI

For most companies, sales and marketing expenses represent the largest non-product/service related overhead costs, yet executives rarely understand how to measure the value of these costs, other than by asking “did revenue increase?”

By the time it’s clear whether or not a marketing/sales expense actually generated revenue, it is unfortunately too late, because the cost was already incurred. In most companies, this lack of quantifiable and predictable results (ROI) occurs quarter after quarter and year after year.

At Promote and IGNITE, ROI isn’t something we “hope” to get. It’s something that is planned, measured and guaranteed.

Since we are committed to ROI, consistently reviewing metrics, assessing data, and making adjustments is essential to stay on track. What is not productive however, is spinning wheels and investigating data that won’t serve the ultimate goal – an ROI for clients.

Here are the top three metrics to measure in order to determine if marketing activities are generating results.

No. 1: Revenue Multiple (the best indication of ROI) 

The first and most important metric to track is the revenue multiple, or revenue-based ROI. Dollars earned should equate to a multiple of the dollars spent.

The rule of thumb here is that a new program should generate greater than 2X (two times) the revenue of the cost of the program and do so fairly quickly. So, if your new lead generation program costs $15,000, in its first 90 days it should generate $30,000 in quantifiable revenue, period, end of story.

Over time, the program should increase its multiple to a greater than 5X revenue increase for every dollar spent on the sales or marketing program.

For B2B companies with a longer sales cycle, this metric is more difficult to measure, so it would be wise to use what is known as “Pipeline ROI.”

No. 2: Net Profit Ratio

For smaller businesses, using a net profit ratio is critical, as not all demand generation initiatives result in profitable revenue. Growth-funded growth techniques measure the actual profit generated from the sales and marketing program (as well as the revenue generated) to ensure the company is investing in sales and marketing proportionate to profit generation.

Taking a growth-funded growth mindset is critical for smaller brands, like the IGNITE clients, who want to grow quickly, but responsibly. Once the ratio is established, only a portion of the net profit is reinvested into new sales and marketing programs. This metric ensures profitable growth, rather than growth for growth’s sake.

No. 3: Cost of Acquisition

This metric should be customized for each sales and marketing activity and tracked intensely, as it is the best predictor of efficient demand generation strategies long-term. There are three metrics to measure for increasing efficiency of demand generation:

  • Cost Per Lead
  • Cost Per Opportunity
  • Cost Per Sale

Yes, Revenue-based ROI Is Trackable and Doable

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to quantify the ROI from sales and marketing programs, but it DOES take a scientific approach to measure, track and deliver revenue-based ROI to ensure profitability. We are always looking to expand our team with driven professionals who aren’t scared by our ROI guarantee but embrace it.

Are you ready to measure what matters to clients so you can help them achieve success, and quickly grow your career? Check out our available positions and find the right fit for you!

Navigating Career Change with Wisdom

Every professional will experience a transition at some point in their career.  Whether it’s moving up the ladder or changing industries entirely, one thing is certain; you will need to acquire new knowledge, learn different skills and take on unique challenges. So, what is the best way to succeed in a career transition? The answer is a powerful but underestimated principle: Wisdom Simplifies.

According to Terri Maxwell, CEO of Share On Purpose, Wisdom Simplifies means looking to mentors and resources without hesitation, rather than believing you have to know everything and do it all yourself.

This is precisely what Gerardo Osorio, Senior Engagement Manager at Promote On Purpose, did to make sense of his career transition.

Taking On New Challenges

For Gerardo, making the shift from 10+ years in Healthcare Operations to a marketing role in the Healthcare Division at Promote On Purpose would require a welcome challenge. Gerardo knew he brought a lot to the table, but to truly succeed in his new position it would require discipline and focus, so he relied on a proven system that has helped him learn and grow in the past. “The first thing I do is deconstruct my new challenge into its basic elements,” he said. “This is important to avoid overwhelm. I ask myself, what small things can I do that will create the most impact? For me, reading is at the top of this list. I spend about an hour every morning reading. And since I already have that habit established, all I do is pick a book that applies to the field or topic I am working on and try to get up to speed. This is a great way for me to use available resources and other people’s experiences in the form of books to learn what I need to know.”

Next, Gerardo finds someone else who is skilled and prepared to provide help and support. “I have learned that you definitely do not need to know all the answers, you just need to know whom to go to for help. And finding that person is as simple as looking around my network and approaching the person who is the most experienced and knowledgeable about the skill I’m trying to acquire. And I leverage that to the best of my ability.” He has taken these principles to heart, and they have helped him tremendously in his new capacity as a marketing executive. He’s currently reading books on business operations, marketing, and advertising to help strengthen his knowledge in those areas.

“I also make it a point to ask questions about the things I do not fully understand because the more I ask clarifying questions, the faster I can grasp the concepts I need to learn to be productive.”

According to Gerardo, there is an even better, unintended consequence of asking questions and leaning on the experience of others. You not only have answers to your questions, you also learn how the other person thinks and understand how they developed their solution. “Many times, people reach conclusions and find answers to their biggest questions without really documenting and mapping out their thought process. By asking them for help, you’re giving them an opportunity to reverse engineer the solution they came up with and possibly document it for future reference.”

Gerardo believes that this back and forth also helps in building workplace relationships because it fosters a deep understanding of your team member’s point of view and how they approach issues. “The more understanding there is between team members, the more success the team experiences.”

Lastly, he explains that asking questions and leaning on others’ experiences is crucial for gathering information, having knowledge and thinking deeply about why things are the way they are. “When starting out in their careers, many people have a deep desire to have all the answers, so they pursue that knowledge just for the sake of it. I believe it is more important to know why things work the way they do. This way you grow intellectually, strengthen your skill set and develop a way to tackle problems in the future.”

A Winner’s Mindset

According to Gerardo, patience is absolutely crucial for tackling new learning challenges. “You need to be patient with yourself because you can’t expect to know or learn everything you need all at once.” He advises anyone in such situations to take a look at the scope of the challenge they’re being presented and ask “How long will the average person take to finish this? And how much time should I take to finish this?” In other words, set realistic expectations.

He also explains that discipline and creativity are vital traits that make one a more effective professional and individual. “Without discipline, you lack the mental energy and drive to prioritize and go the extra mile to face a learning challenge head-on. And creativity ensures you’ll be flexible and can come up with clever ways of managing and tackling your learning challenges in efficient ways.”

These are all values and principles that Gerardo leans on as he continues to challenge himself intellectually and grow his career as an executive within the Share On Purpose portfolio.

Find the Right Team

At Share On Purpose, we support new hires in career changes and strive to put existing team members in roles that align with their passions and purpose. We provide resources, including mentoring, coaching and extensive training through Share School, focusing on job skills, as well as personal and professional development.

Are you looking to work with a company that gives you the support and opportunities you need to advance your career? Check out our available positions.