It is no secret that here at Sky, Inc., we love our founder and manager, Jonathan Perry. In fact, we love him so much we decided to make him our Employee of the Week! Of course it does not make a whole lot of sense to make our manager the employee of the week, so we decided to go with a more impressive title: Sky, Inc. Manager of the Century.
What do you love most about owning your own company? Can I say that I love everything about owning my own company? (editor’s note: You sure can, it’s your company.) Well then, there are a few things in particular. First and foremost, freedom. At Sky, Inc., I get to make all my own personal and professional decisions. Of course, there are always people who can give me advice about what decision to make, but I am not beholden to anyone’s orders. Running my own business gives me the opportunity to make my own decisions after careful consideration, as opposed to having someone tell me what to do with no explanation. For example, if I want to go on vacation, I go. If I need to spend time with my family, I do it. As long as my business’ needs are taken care of, I can make the decisions that I think are best for myself, my family and my company.
What are your short term and long term goals for Sky, Inc? Goal setting is one of the most important things that we do here at Sky, Inc. My short term goal is to open at least two more offices out of our Nashville location. I hope to accomplish that goal within the next twelve months. In the longer term, I would love to become a consultant. One of my favorite aspects of the job is mentoring my guys as they go through this process. I know that the mentoring skills that I am improving every day will go along way towards launching my consultant career.
What advice do you have for someone who is just starting with Sky, Inc.? My biggest piece of advice for people just starting here at Sky, Inc. is to enjoy the process more than the rewards. I have seen so many sharp people get so caught up in the high and hoopla of promotions or conferences that they forget to enjoy the journey. Even on the difficult days, you have to enjoy the journey.
Can I have a second piece of advice? (Editor’s note: Of course, you are the manager of the century, after all.) Well, it can be very easy to look at successful people and think that they have it so easy, but the fact of the matter is that no one looked like that when they were on their way up. No success comes without failure. So, my second biggest piece of advice to someone starting with our company is to have a sense of urgency about failing. The quicker you fail, the quicker you can learn from your mistakes so that you can avoid making the same ones in the future.