Life at Clickstop is an adventure. High levels of curiosity and exploration lead to the creation of new abilities, acquisitions of businesses and the discovery of exciting opportunities. There are new areas of exploration that readily occur. The speed at which this has developed is astonishing.
Moving and Improving
There are a variety of approaches to adventure. Some seem to have been born with an appetite for adventure; regularly enlisting in opportunities to be stretched beyond what’s familiar or comfortable. Others seem to have a thirst for adventure that is satisfied with only a little exposure to situations of uncertainty and uniqueness.
A combination of approaches is necessary for us to be successful as an organization. Some are moved to explore once the vision has been cast. Others are inspired to action through a well laid out plan. The common thread between the approaches, is a willingness to keep moving and improving. This approach is key to Clickstop’s growth. Being adventurous – embracing & driving change – creates sustained movements.
For Scott Keeling, the adventure has created opportunities for his talents in leadership, creativity and innovation to be capitalized upon. His career at Clickstop began in the form of a part-time warehouse position. The initial plans were to increase his income through Clickstop while building a career within another company. However, plans sometimes change.
Clickstop sought to begin the manufacturing of a variety of Tie-Downs products sold within its flagship brand, US Cargo Control. Scott had displayed an ability to lead while also finding ways to solve more complex problems within the operations processes. He was picked to assist with the implementation of the Manufacturing capability. This also resulted in a career change. For 4 years, Scott led the Manufacturing team. During that span of time, the number of people, equipment and capabilities multiplied. A manufacturing team initially comprised of only a handful of people, grew to over 70 team members.
In early 2018, Scott was presented with an opportunity to step out of his role as VP of manufacturing and lead the Innovation and Development of new products and services within Clickstop. He took the opportunity, and has already brought innovative ideas to life, while working to identify the value of potential decisions.
Scott’s journey has taken him from a part-time warehouse position and into a pioneer in Innovation for Clickstop. His courage in exploring the unknown is creating a lasting impression on Clickstop. Well done, Scott!
What is your role at Clickstop?
How long have you worked here?
What is your Clickstop story? If it were a book, what would the title be and why?
I started at Clickstop as a part-time picker in the warehouse, became a supervisor, started up and led our manufacturing operation and now I help design and develop new products and capabilities.
How do you relate to this core value?
I really enjoy learning things, pursuing new ideas and applying them in ways that make an impact. I’ve learned to embrace the journey and the process as much as the end result.
What advice would you give to others who want to embrace this core value?
Every opportunity, big or small, involves risk and fear. Lean on your teammates, trust your instincts and enjoy the journey. That’s the winning combination.
What are you most excited for or proud of on your team?
I’m really excited to launch some new products that we have developed in house, we’ve got some great ideas that I think our customers will find a lot of value in. I’m proud that the work I’m doing is enhancing the perception that customers have of our brands.
What was the best compliment you’ve ever received at work?
Tough question! Recently, I shared an idea I had with someone, asked for feedback and their first response was- “Why didn’t I think of this?” I took that as a compliment. To use my problem solving and creativity skills to create something that others found unique and innovative was really cool. So either that or when Adam Pinckney tells me I’m smart. That’s nice too.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
We are all capable of so much more than what we think we are.
What can we find you doing when you’re not at work?
Spending time with my awesome family or behind the drum set.
Last movie or book you watched/read?
Movie: Ready Player One.
Book: Dragons Love Tacos 2