Decisiveness is action. It requires courage, objectivity, open communication and ultimately, choosing to act.
It’s intentionally deciding to progress us towards the goal.
When observing the individual contributor, the trait in action appears as one who re-imagines situations to discover best solutions to challenges, makes tough decisions without second guessing them, and separates what must be done well now and what can be improved later.
Within collaboration, it’s important to actively and decisively participate. Or said another way: clearly articulate what you are and are not trying to do. The courage, objectivity and open communication from everyone refines the decision and creates more effectiveness in the choice, and greater alignment in the action.
Making Tough Decisions
Our Q1 2019 “Decisive” award winner is Kara Roehr.
Kara is a known asset to Team Clickstop because of her willingness to make tough decisions and move to action. She is direct, articulate, and objective in her conversations and uses these skills daily to sift through the many IT requests to prioritize based on business impact.
At the core of Kara’s job is understanding what needs to be done well now and what can wait or be improved upon later. One such example is Kara’s collaboration on a project to save on freight. She suggested we do some manual work to test the savings concept and, in doing so, proved there was an opportunity to save thousands of dollars. We are now working to automate the process, which will further the cost reduction.
Keeping Us Nimble
Making great business decisions is something Kara does well, and with her help, each department is seeing improved efficiency and fresh solutions to challenges.
As employee owners, we can all appreciate the positive impact you are having on GPA by making sure we are working on the most impactful projects at any given time.
Kara, thank you for being an individual who helps keep us nimble by objectively sorting through problems and prioritizing solutions! Congrats!
What is your role at Clickstop?
Technology Team Project Coordinator
How long have you worked at Clickstop?
How did you feel upon being recognized for this award?
Honored, Humbled, and Thankful for my team!
What do you believe has led up to this recognition?
I like to seek consensus and I like to make progress, so being able to make the decision on the work and then help set up my team to execute on it is vital for us to move forward as an organization.
Have you had struggles within this Core Trait? If so, what have they been and how did you overcome them?
I think this is something that I’ve gained confidence over the years with, it’s not always an easy trait because sometimes you have to make a call that not everyone likes. We as a team would love to get everything requested done right on the spot, but we have to think strategically about the business impact and how we can help teams and brands grow through their vision and strategy we only have so many resources available. So, working on my confidence, and using the data to back up the decisions we are making as a team on executing on different tasks and requests has helped me to feel good about decisions we are making.
Why is this Core Trait important to the success of Clickstop?
For the sake of progress, we need to decide, trust that the decision is right for the company and move forward.
What can we find you doing when you’re not at work?
Riding bikes, Playing Softball, Going to Sporting Events, checking out all the local breweries, or Binge watching too much Reality TV
What brought you to Clickstop?
Six years ago, at my old job, I felt like I had reached the top of where I could go; I didn’t feel challenged and my voice wasn’t heard. I came to Clickstop because I had friends from high school on Facebook who worked here, and they were always posting all these great photos about this place. I wanted to be a part of something fresh and something special!
What keeps you at Clickstop?
I love continuing to be a part of something so special here. We have grown over the years, and when people ask where I work and what I do, I always have a big grin on my face telling them about this place. The opportunities I have gotten over my 6 years here have been something I could never have imagined. Six years ago, when I accepted the job as a Sales and Service member I couldn’t’ have imagined getting to take on all the different roles I have been in and ultimately landing on the IT team utilizing my strengths to help support this team.
What TV / Netflix Show currently has your attention?
Game of Thrones
Tell us about your first cell phone? What were the features?
My first Cell phone was the Nokia 3310 Features included; Snake and a ringtone composer that consisted of you typing on the keyboard the melody, my ringtone was the Harry Potter Theme song! (Fun Fact, I actually sold Cell Phone’s and Cell Service for 7 years prior to coming to Clickstop)
What fictional place would you most like to go?
Hogwarts is pretty high on the list: I will settle for someday making it down to Harry Potter World in Florida.