On March 20th I had the pleasure of meeting with Rory MacDowell, a former CIO and senior executive of Flowserve Coporation, Keystone International and Fisher Scientific Company. Yes, he is as impressive of a man as you would imagine. The guy exudes business wisdom. He registered "Success is a Team Sport" as a trademark for crying out loud! Needless to say, Rory and I had a lot to talk about. We could barely keep ourselves to a quite roar as we discussed business over a few cups of coffee and omelets.
What impressed me most about Rory, aside from his experience, class and intelligence was how well read he was. I've interviewed several academicians and business professionals in my time - most of which struggle to recommend good reading material. After 15 minutes, Rory had rattled off more that 5 books I should read; and read, "Right away!" he exclaimed. Allow me to add some value, here:
1. Orchestrating Success by Richard C. Ling and Walter E. Goddard
2. Team Genius by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
3. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
4. Good to Great by Jim Collins
5. The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh and Steve Jamison
Furthermore, Rory expressed to me that much like faltering athletes, most faltering business executives forget the fundamentals of the game. He mentioned that when he consults with businesses, he often times shows them a model to simply re-expose what they have lost sight of (Rory's insightful model is pictured below). What this model portrays is the relationship between a company's three pillars: people, processes and tools. Furthermore, it shows how these pillars work together to effectively and efficiently create, market and produce beneficial goods and services for customers. This is undoubtedly value added! Our 3 hour meeting wrapped up with the exchange of thank-yous and a strong handshake. I look forward to meeting with him again!
Rory was recognized by INFORMATION WEEK as one of America's top 500 information technology innovators in three consecutive years 2001 (#447), 2002 (#284), 2003 (#151). After 30 years of C-level experience, he has decided to further apply his expertise in team building through executive coaching, written assessment and leadership workshops in an effort to help companies build stronger teams and brighter futures.
Reece Theriot, MBA
“We were put on this Earth to love; by loving, we serve others; by serving others, we create value; by creating value, we form successful ventures; by forming successful ventures we contribute to the advancement of Creation which pleases the Creator.”