Creativity and intelligence depend on making connections between disparate bits of information. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Deb Lavoy in person, her articles are a close second to seeing what this looks like in action. Deb pulls in references from art, from science, from literature and life and helps us connect the dots into one coherent picture of what great companies can achieve.
What do you consider your most significant career accomplishment to date?
Learning to listen (took longer than it should have) and ask questions. Finding simplicity in complexity. The friendships I’ve made.
How do you define success?
Creating value and helping others to grow.
What motivates you?
Curiosity, a challenge and an excited team of co-consipirators
What is the first interaction with technology that you remember and what did you think at the time?
Crayons? Telephone? Television? A calculator? Pong? Take your pick. Good technology extends us in ways that seem obvious. My road into tech was through math. It was an intellectual exercise. My first interest in science came in the middle of a tedious auditorium style high school biology class where the teacher showed a film of two heart cells placed next to one another in a petri dish. They began to beat in unison. That was cool.
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If I didn't do my current work: I would be a scientist
When I'm not working: I read and run (ok, jog).
The highest compliment someone could give me: is that I did something that no one else could.