The world of technology is rapidly evolving. It seems that all our primary business functions are dependent upon technology, be it the cloud, virtualization, data & analytics, user systems, interoperability, or the network that connects all employees. The challenge in handling the exponential growth of technology is further compounded within a rapidly growing business such as Clickstop. It is truly an adventure, but success will be found when this challenge is embraced. Movement over, under and through obstacles is a requirement, and is not for the faint of heart. This is not a ride in which you can activate auto-pilot. Often, it will require you to take control and steer through the storm. There must be confidence that the seemingly impossible can be achieved, and that you are fit to contribute to that end.
Achieving Great Results
Regardless of the degree of difficulty, Wesley McElwee expects to accomplish great work. In Q3, he stepped up and provided top-notch work on a project focused on completely overhauling our USCC website. There was a large collection of people involved in the project, and Wesley’s level of communication was instrumental in keeping it moving forward with precision. One of his teammates noted, “Wesley is very technically skilled and does a great job of translating complex web development jargon into easily-digestible and technically-accurate explanations to various stakeholders. This is not easy to do, and he does it well.”
In his approach to work, Wesley avoids analysis paralysis while performing at a high level and delivering great results. In the end, two primary objectives were accomplished: deliver a great website, inspire others to accomplish great things. Well done, Wesley!
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 really want to come up with something clever here but… I got nothing. Maybe… “Wesley McElwee: I Do What I Can”
How do you relate to this core value?
When you expect to do the absolute best, you can. Live that out every day, you will accomplish great things. If you accomplish great things, hopefully people take notice and expect the same in themselves.
What advice would you give to others who want to embrace this core value?
Don’t settle for going through the motions. Constantly look to see what you can do to improve whether that’s your skillset, your focus, your dedication. There’s always room to improve, just look for the opportunities and embrace them.
What are you most excited for or proud of on your team?
I think the entire IT team lives out this core value which honestly is self-perpetuating. We all inspire each other to do our best work.
What was the best compliment you’ve ever received at work?
People have told me they enjoy working with me. It’s nice to hear that you do good work, but I think better to know that you are a good teammate.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Biggest is a tough one. I’ll go with a lesson. Your work doesn’t always go the way you planned. Sometimes things go smoothly. More often you will run into unforeseen hurdles, problems, issues, errors, obstacles, opposition of many kinds. In those times, you simply communicate openly and honestly and press on. You’ll get through it even though at the time it feels like it may never come together.
What can we find you doing when you’re not at work?
Spending time at home with my wife and kids. Or playing video games.
Last movie or book you watched/read?
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Dogs or Cats?
I love all animals. Dogs are like having a baby and Cats are like having a moody teenager.
What brought you to Clickstop and why is it such a good fit for you?
I had a former co-worker trying to recruit me to Clickstop for a few years. It was just never the right time for me until one year the pieces fell into place. Best decision I ever made. I loved my old job, it was a great place to work, but it wasn’t a thriving company. There are opportunities to grow and improve with Clickstop.
When do you feel truly “alive” at work?
After the struggle of whatever development project or task I’m working on, seeing it come together and make an impact.
What small gesture from a coworker has made a big impact on you?
Sometimes people give me candy bars 😊