This past April marked the 5th year anniversary of me as president and CEO of my current company.
The 5 years were marked by all the trials and tribulations of someone having to suddenly step into as management in a field he is not familiar with: establishing new contacts and networks, learning the industries and jargon, overcoming employee complacency, pushing new product lines to market, dealing with market competitions rising amidst management changeover, etc.
Despite the twists and turns over the past 5 years, I feel quite a bit was accomplished. We’ve managed to tripled the company personnel, doubled our sales turnover, moved to a new facility more than twice the size, and established our company as a named brand in the markets. We are on a sharp growth trajectory, with planned warehouse expansion in the west coast, possible manufacturing facility in the Midwest, and mid double digit sales growth.
However, recently I have been feeling very unproductive.
I feel constantly distracted by the never-ending to-do list and shifting priorities. Whatever sense of accomplishment from finishing a project are quickly awash by the urgency of the next task at hand.
I am hoping that by forcing myself to put my thoughts down into words, it will help me to take the time to slow down and to think more clearly and logically.
I want to use this place as a repository of:
- My struggles, failures, and successes as a manager and leader.
- Books, websites, tools, podcasts, anything that I come across which inspires me and I feel are worth sharing.
- Brain dump of thoughts, ideas or insights; a sounding board for choices I have to make and their possible impacts.