Adams Third Wave President, Elliot Adams, shares how playing to his strengths impacts the success of his business.
Company: Adams Third Wave Logistics
What are your TOP 5 themes as identified by the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment?
Which of those strengths do you believe have contributed the most to your professional success? I put a lot of energy into the includer theme. I want to constantly remind myself and my team, that we should build this business for each other and our families, not for ourselves. If we focus on how we can help each other, it is much more powerful than focusing on what we can gain personally.
How do you lean on these strengths on a daily basis to contribute to your success long term?-On a daily basis, I try to understand everyone’s strengths and how I can help maximize them. My role is to develop a culture and build a company that people want to join.
What do you do to develop / maximize your strengths? I try to read one business book per month. This helps me stay sharp. We also provide weekly coaching sessions for our employees and I am a coach for three people. This keeps me connected to what is going on and develops my skills as a leader and coach.
What is one professional moment that stands out in your mind, of which you are most proud? There are many proud moments and there are so many people who have helped me along the way. If I had to pick one, it was when I decided I was actually going to take the leap and start a business. There were plenty of unknowns and to take the risk and have the faith it would work is my proudest moment.
Tell us a little bit about your company, and how your strengths contribute to its success. We are a 3rd party logistics company, meaning we arrange the transportation of our customer’s products. There are many different ways to do this, but mostly we move our customer’s product through full truckload, less than truckload or on the rail. We have six core values that are the foundation of our culture and guide our daily decision making. My strengths help me to stay calm and focused during the challenging times. I always remind myself to fully appreciate this opportunity and focus on others instead of myself. If I can do that, I have faith that everything will work out.
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