10 questions for Fiberlink CFO Mark Partin

By , IDG News Service |  Software

That's simple. The biggest challenge facing CFOs, or any executives today, is growth. CFOs need to be on the front line of finding opportunities for their companies to grow organically or inorganically. That can mean finding new products, technologies, customers, ecosystems, partners, or markets. Growth is an area that CFOs are challenged with in today's global business market.

I think one of the ways that a CFO can help the company grow is by creating the right business model for the right time and the right customer need. In our case, we were early pioneers when we developed our SaaS cloud-based mobile platform, that helped crack open a much larger market for us.

4. What is a good day at work like for you?

I love what I do. I love to watch my team and my colleagues achieve success. I love to watch them reach their individual goals and targets, by reaching their full potential or just learning something from me or others in the company. Those are great days!

I work with a great team. They're hard-working, dedicated and committed to the future of this company. I feed off of that. It makes for a great day for me when I feel like I've contributed to them and their individual successes, while at the same time growing the company.

5. How would you characterize your management style?

Frankly, I start with surrounding myself with talented, smart, ambitious leaders. I'm hiring leaders. Then, I create a goal-oriented, transparent environment.

There's an accountability-driven process, and I keep pressure on everyone to reflect the real sense of urgency that goes with being a technology company that has a disruptive technology in a big market. I keep the pressure on, but I balance that with the objective of everyone continuing to have a life and to enjoy that life, and I get out of the way.

6. What strengths and qualities do you look for in job candidates?

When I sit down in an interview, I'm looking for character, individuality, intelligence, which I call processing power. Particularly in accounting, honesty and integrity are essential. I look for smart, creative problem solvers. I want ambitious people and I want constant learners.

There's this old, traditional convention that I look for in people. I want a goal-oriented person with drive and a work ethic. I believe in work ethic above many, many other things.

The combination of these makes a very powerful, passionate, motivated employee who will find common ground with the company and deliver.

7. What are some of your favorite interview questions or techniques to elicit information to determine whether a candidate will be successful at your company? What sort of answers send up red flags for you and make you think a job candidate wouldn't be a good fit?

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