We have found in the past that we don't have a lot of bad hires, but the ones that have turned out poorly are the ones who don't have a lot of flexibility. If they only have one interest, or if their interests are all focused on one thing: 'I like to read so I go to the library and that's all I do in my free time.'
So let's say we're hiring them to be a medical records worker, but we might have to pull them off that one day to help clean a unit because we have a new patient coming in, are they going to be OK doing that?
8. What is it about your current job, at this particular company, that sets it apart from other chief finance positions?
I think that's the easiest question for me to answer. It's the culture. It's the kids we serve, what we do on a daily basis and the work we get to do. The dedication of the staff is something that I think is not likely to exist anyplace else -- it has really just grabbed me and tugged my heart, and I hope to be here a very long time because of that.
9. What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?
Going home and eating dinner with my wife and three young daughters, that's very enjoyable for me. I like to watch a ballgame if I have some time.
But sometimes just stopping at a 7-11 to get a Diet Coke is enough to unwind. It's hard to not take work home a lot of the time, so just the down time is good.
10. If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?
If I wasn't doing this, seeing the good things that nonprofits do, I think I'd still be working at a nonprofit somewhere, probably in accounting, working at an organization that helps kids. That's important to me.