This is the space where I typically bring some context to the interview. Not this time.
Mike’s answers tell the story. You’ll come away with a better understanding of what we mean when we say, “Impactful.” Take a look. You’ll be glad you did.
Congrats on your award, Mike! Keep up the great work!
What is your role at Clickstop?
I am a Creative Strategist for Leverage Marketing. I help develop and execute marketing strategies for brands, both internal and external. I do print and web design/development, copywriting, and I hope to contribute more in video projects in the future.
How long have you worked at Clickstop?
How did you feel upon being recognized for this award?
I was thrilled! There are so many highly impactful individuals inside the marketing department alone, not to mention all the hard workers in other departments. I don’t have the opportunity to work directly with some of those folks, but from where I sit, I see a lot of individuals making significant impact, whether they’re on the manufacturing floor, in the warehouse, in finance, sales, etc. So many people deserve recognition for this trait, and I feel honored to be mentioned among them.
What do you believe has led up to this recognition?
I took initiative when I saw an opportunity. Sometimes it’s easier to wait until someone tells you what to do. But in this case I (or should I say we) saw what needed to be done, and together with the team, we created a plan, and went out and did it! It’s a great feeling when you are encouraged to create your own action items and carve your own path. It shows there is trust and autonomy baked into our culture, and for that I am thankful. I’ve held similar positions at other companies where you do what you’re told without asking questions. My experience with Clickstop has been the polar opposite. It’s very refreshing!
Have you had struggles within this Core Trait? If so, what have they been and how did you overcome them?
I have the tendency to bite off more than I can chew. It’s easy for me to think big, but sometimes I get in my own way and have difficulty seeing my plans through. For that reason, I’m a big fan of checklists and use them diligently to plan my day/week/month. It helps me organize complicated, multi-tiered projects into smaller, bite-sized tasks. This approach has not only allowed me to make more things happen, but has allowed me to think bigger, simply by putting pen to paper and writing out my goals and tasks. There are few things more gratifying than checking a box off my to-do list.
Why is this Core Trait important to the success of Clickstop?
For me, there are three pieces to this pie: 1) identifying opportunities, 2) taking initiative, 3) executing. In any entrepreneurial environment, it’s important for individuals and teams to identify opportunities, take ownership of them, and then strategically execute. Clickstop is successful because all of these expectations are clearly documented and reflected on often. And recognizing individuals quarterly keeps these behaviors top of mind while rewarding those for carrying them out. Again, this is refreshing!
What brought you to Clickstop?
I was nervous on my way to my first interview and was honestly a bit reluctant to change jobs, but I felt a buzz in these walls as soon as I walked in. Britni made me feel at ease and in my interview with Tim, I felt a level of motivation I hadn’t felt in 8 years with my previous employer. After I met the rest of the team and got to see Clickstop’s infamous culture in action, I knew this was the place I wanted to be.
What keeps you at Clickstop?
The abundance of opportunities. There are so many paths to take and we are not only encouraged, but expected, to turn these opportunities into reality.
Why should others want to work at Clickstop?
The culture, the opportunites, and Zach’s cooking (both of them!) This is the place to work if you want to contribute in areas that align with your strengths, while at the same time expanding your skills and growing into whichever role you want to fill. The abundance of Pepper Joe’s beef jerky is the spicy icing (the spicing?) on the cake.
If you had to pick one food to eat for the rest pf your life, what would it be?
Pan-seared, grass-fed steak. (Shout-out to TANQ Farms!)
What is one word your husband/wife/best friend/child would use to describe you and why?
Weird. Anyone who’s met me will know why.
If you could never have to do one chore for the rest of life, what would it be?
Laundry f’sho. Particularly the part where you have to fold it/hang it and put it away. It’s the worst.