Member Since May 2023
As President of Avanade North America, I’m proud to lead the sales, delivery and operations of Avanade’s largest business – guiding the work of nearly 4,000 IT professionals in the United States and Canada. In my nearly 20 years with Avanade, I’ve had the opportunity to grow from being a solution architect to leading Avanade’s operations in Europe before coming to my current role. I have lived and worked in multiple cities on two continents. I hold a degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University, and, in my free time, you can catch me working on my golf game.
AI presents incredible possibilities—possibilities that business leaders can and should harness to drive sustainability and responsible business agendas.
Here's what to do when the best-laid business plans of leadership and teams suddenly go awry. For many business leaders and their teams, the month of August is an essential time for them to assess how the first half of the year went. Are the current strategies that they have in place really working? It's also a time to set (or reset) their goals and objectives for the upcoming year. Keeping all that in mind, sometimes plans, unfortunately, fall by the wayside or may require some unexpected tweaking depending on external factors like market conditions, customer needs, or technological innovation. That's why it's important to remain flexible and have an open mind about how to pivot correctly when necessary, considering the current situation of your department or organization. Here, 16 Fast Company Executive Board members offer their solutions to help other business leaders and teams stay focused even when their initial plans begin to get sidetracked or fail altogether.
Changing your mindset will enable you to achieve more success. In the workplace (and in life), it's perfectly human to sometimes obsess over the three Cs—competing, comparing, and complaining—when it comes to dealing with others and reviewing how our own accomplishments or failures stack up. It becomes a much bigger problem when an individual chooses to stay stuck in that mindset because it can hinder them from moving forward in their career and personal life. Below, 19 members from Fast Company Executive Board share what lessons they've learned from their ability to overcome patterns of previous self-doubt, and how they were able to forge ahead to a better path of success.
Business leaders share insights on compensation equity. Paying every employee a fair wage based on their experience and talent—not their gender or cultural background—should be a given. For many companies, treating workers equally for the time they put in at the company each day is simply a best practice. But for some organizations, wage inequality is still prevalent and is an issue that needs to be addressed. To keep the conversation at the forefront of what's happening in the workplace, we asked 12 Fast Company Executive Board members to each provide one step that companies can take to bridge the gender and ethnic wage gap happening around the globe.
Here's how to transition away from your current "transactional" sales approach that's getting you nowhere. If you are feeling the pressure to help your company meet its bottom-line metrics quarter over quarter, working in a sales-driven environment is not the only way to encourage your sales team to achieve its goals. Instead, you may want to try a different approach that will also enable you to build a stronger rapport with current and potential customers. Here, 11 Fast Company Executive Board members share the best way to pivot your sales strategies and transition your team away from a "transaction now" mentality when dealing with potential clients. They also discuss how to maintain a good balance and still make the deal.
With unrivaled skills in the Microsoft ecosystem, Avanade's vision is to advance the world through the power of people and Microsoft. How do we do that? By providing IT consulting and services to organizations across industries, spanning health, manufacturing, retail, financial services and more – with 34% of our clients on the Fortune 500. We partner with each client to help them innovate, transform and accelerate their growth while creating exceptional experiences for their customers and employees.