Steve Johnson: I really like three things personally. Am I making an impact? It’s something that I’m doing. Well, I usually ask my team like, “What are you doing if you want a beautiful and perfect life? You have a limited time, one run through this. Is it doing something where you really making an impact? Are you learning? Are you having fun?”
Steve Johnson: The second is, for me personally, I like something that has global scope. I don’t know why but I think it’s just more interesting and makes me feel like I’m doing something with impact. And the third, sometimes it’s overused but I like something that’s disruptive where it’s something that’s really changing and doing something different.
Steve Johnson: Hootsuite, I thought was super fascinating because we were helping organizations all around the world manage social media which was blowing up. An organization simply could not keep up with it. They couldn’t do what they needed to do on social media without a solution like Hootsuite.
Steve Johnson: So that to me was disruptive. It’s changing. You’re moving from one communication media or type to another to do it. It’s driven by the customers. So those are the things that really give me real purpose and I want to make sure that what I’m doing is having an impact, as large of an impact as I possibly can have. Right or wrong, this is what motivates me.
Steve Johnson: It’s super interesting. I’ve had experience in time to be with a lot of other companies before this in lower levels. What I learned over that time was that leadership is really finding leaders. So I couldn’t have done it without a bunch of leaders to help me out. Leaders hire leaders.
Steve Johnson: Managers sometimes don’t hire anybody or they don’t want to do that or change. But if you have a great leader, they know it’s going to take a lot of other people that are going to help them along the way and I think that was our secret in how we were able to do so much in such a short amount of time. It’s really just getting a great leadership team.