Adam is no stranger to taking initiative. Graduating into a recession economy with few prospects, it was while working in an unfulfilling retail position that he decided to make a new opportunity. Applying to a Salesforce training program, he left his Wisconsin home and flew to San Francisco to pursue a different future.
When a recruiter connected him to Fortimize, he loved the idea. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work with a group of smart, committed people to take tested knowledge, best practices and work together to find new ways of doing things, to shape potential into a new reality?
Architecting Solutions and People
As a Managing Solutions Architect, Adam works to figure out how to help clients work better. He says he enjoys working with new and established companies, learning about what they do. Part of his role is to understand the business needs and translate them into the solution design tools and project parameters his team needs.
To Adam, the ideas of the whole company matter more than just what an individual can think up or do. “Everyone learns better when each one is taking initiative, and leveraging the collective strengths—not just relying on the same people delivering knowledge. We’re in such a connected world; the answers are out there. Take the initiative to find the answers and try to solve the question.”
What’s the old saying? “Give a man a fish, and you’ve fed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.” The value of intentional action within a community is that everyone is striving to improve, and the collective synergy carries everyone further. Adam believes in helping his team learn from failure, and how to ask the right questions.
Living Out Values
In Adam’s view, people want to be more effective human beings, not just “worker cogs.” The reality of being people tied to different communities means that there will be a tentative balance between negotiating time with family or in the community with the time needed to accomplish a project. Sometimes growing personally means having the courage to take a look at yourself and be willing to change; perhaps at other times it means helping other see things differently.
It is the transparency of the company that Adam appreciates. There is a focus on integrity and initiative both toward team members and clients. Adding value is a commitment and a challenge, because, when you throw in a little value like honesty, it may mean devising a solution or recommending a course of action that is the right thing even if it’s not the easiest or most convenient thing to do.
Whether mentoring his team of consultants, leading a client engagement session or reimagining a design problem, the interplay of initiative and potential continue to be a dynamic force that is sure to make this solutions architect that much better at what he does.