A few thoughts on my value to my next employer.
I tend to see work as an exercise in puzzle and problem solving. I’m good at distinguishing the signal from the noise.
My skills are centered around critical thinking, being ruthlessly analytic, being a constant learner and working methodically on refining, distilling and polishing communications. Being a generalist is my specialty and I’m very good at it.
My deepest skills are a penchant for critical analysis, a devotion to learning and my ability to communicate in a clear, concise and cohesive fashion.
I place a very high value on collaboration and participation. The boss is the best idea and everyone should be encouraged to contribute.
I believe in the power of teamwork and I tend to favor the metaphor of a jazz band or a jam band working together on an improvisation. In this setting listening is every bit as valuable as having something to say. In fact listening is the strongest predicate for making a valuable contribution. Just as in a musical improvisation, what you don’t say can be just as important is what you do say and leaving some space allows others to fill it, hopefully with something brilliant, relevant and unexpected.
I ask a lot of questions and make a very conscious effort to uncover all of the very basic elemental assumptions that may be preventing looking at problems and puzzles from a fresh and innovative perspective.
I recently had to answer some questions as part of the application process for a job. One of the questions was about what qualities I’d look for when hiring staff for a marketing department. here’s what I came up with:
- A willingness to experiment and the ability to learn constantly.
- Imagination creativity and curiosity.
- Raw analytic, strategic and critical thinking skills.
- The ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.
- The ability to communicate clearly and articulate complex ideas in simple straightforward language.
- Potential to rise to the occasion, take on new challenges and manage shifting priorities.
- The ability to anticipate needs, form ad hoc contingency plans and a willingness to be opportunistic.
- The ability to synthesize solutions and make well-reasoned decisions based on a limited set of data.
- A positive, confident, healthy self-image and personal integrity and honesty.
- An understanding of (and enthusiasm for) the requirement to pragmatically operationalize business strategy.
I’m Steve Goodman.
My background is in sales, marketing, business development and general management. Back in 2002, after a successful and somewhat conventional career in the software and Internet business I decided to take a break and do something completely different.
I sold my house in San Francisco, put my stuff in storage and set out with just a backpack to travel, almost exclusively overland, throughout southeast Asia. I visited Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, India and Nepal.
In 2005 I settled down in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where I spent seven years working part-time as a freelance photographer, as a digital marketing consultant for a large advertising agency, as a publisher of blogs and photoblogs and as a guitar player in an assortment of rock and blues bands.
In 2012 I returned to America to restart my business career. After spending some time in the Detroit area visiting my mother and brother I am now living in Richmond, CA, just across the bay from San Francisco.