It wasn’t until I started the EOS process that I recognized my true “visionary” self. I’ve always been a visionary, always filled that role, but I’ve also always been an integrator, so hesitated to see myself in only one, not both, capacities. Now I realize why! For my entire career, I have been conditioned and trained to fill the integrator role. Now it’s hard to let go of my unnatural integrator self, and even harder to trust someone else in that role, which is absolutely necessary for me to optimize the value of my visionary self.  That being said, one might wonder how a visionary train as an integrator? Unbeknownst to me until now, for more than 20 years I have been conditioned as an Integrator, and I am a better Visionary because of it.

  1. First I integrated SBA Grant programs with the mission of a non-profit organization and the needs of small business owners. I also visualized how to expand programs through strategic relationships, marketing, public relations, events, and partnership programming.
  2. Then with engineering professional services firms, I integrated multi-disciplined engineering teams to pursue some of the greatest structural and civil projects in our country. These million dollar projects required integration of diverse requirements, tight timelines, multiple participants, and I had to be the visionary for what response to the customer RFP would produce the best outcome.
  3. Then I became the integrator for another a visionary as the first employee responsible for integrating pretty much everything for a boutique recruiting firm that built business development organizations for highly technical industries. We grew that firm to five full-time employees and some contractors working with clients throughout North America.
  4. In 2009, I started my own company and if you are an entrepreneur, you often wear both the visionary and integrator hats which have been true ever since. I make sure that everything gets done to the level that’s required, which is integrator work that has somewhat squashed the Visionary I truly am.

Until I started the EOS process, I would have never known. I would have never known that I don’t trust other people to be between my vision and the execution of that vision.  Yet if you ask me what drives me crazy about my role as CEO, I would say that everything funnels through me to get accomplished. I’m my own dichotomy of loving the things I hate, and hating the things I do, and loving what I do and loving what I hate. Until the EOS process, and actually, until the EOS assessment for visionary and integrator, I didn’t realize how much my career training has prepared me for a role I’m not best suited for. Quite honestly I shouldn’t be in the role of integrator. I should be in the visionary seat. I am really looking forward to working with the amazing leadership team at Atomic Revenue as we all discover our greatest value within a company that itself is visionary, ahead-of-the-curve, and driving change that optimizes how all businesses will eventually optimize revenue production.