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20 Questions - Posted September 26, 2014 8:44 a.m.
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20 Questions with Jody Holland, CEO, Cloud Interview, Inc.; iWorkZone, Inc.

What is the best advice you received when you were beginning your career? To seek out learning from people who have already accomplished what I want to accomplish, and to always be willing to pay for the learning and advice.

How do you use social media to grow your network? Blogging helps me provide value to clients so they will think of my business when they need something related to developing their teams; Facebook to stay connected with participants from my programs; Twitter to keep people focused on the good in themselves and the world; Instagram to let people know what we are doing and to bring them into the fun of our events.

How do you maintain balance? Reduce the inessentials. Once I learned to only say yes to the things that fit my values and life’s direction, my life became much easier.

What has been your wisest investment? Me. I make time to invest in my growth and my success regularly. I think people need to invest more in themselves and their businesses.

How has your past work experience shaped you into a leader? I think I have learned as much from my failures and struggles as anything else. I look at every experience as an opportunity to learn and grow.

What is the best part about your job? I get to make other peoples’ lives much easier – seeing them succeed because of something I have been able to help them master.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and private life? I have made it a point to have a coach and mentor since I went into business in 1999. The lessons I have learned through other people’s experience is invaluable.

Which living person do you most admire and why? I look up to people who take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.

Which over-used word or phrase makes you cringe? “It is what it is.” Life isn’t what it is. Life is what we make it. We have much more control than we give ourselves credit for.

What is your business philosophy? Solve problems! One of my mentors asked me, “What keeps an executive up at night? Solve that and you will be successful.”

Which quality do you most value in an employee? Active thought! I love an employee that sees a challenge and takes action.

What personality trait has most helped you succeed? Optimism. Being optimistic doesn’t make challenges go away. It makes me see the other side of the challenge, though. Optimism is the jet fuel of an entrepreneur!

Who is your favorite author? Andy Andrews, particularly with his book, “The Traveler’s Gift.”

What did you learn from your best boss? To trust in myself and take a risk. Your worst? My worst boss had to have all of the credit for herself.

How can Amarillo improve its business environment? We need to continue on the path of developing an acceleration model for small businesses and focus on how to fund some of the incredible innovation that comes from this area.

Most important tech tool: The smartphone allows me to be productive and connected on the road.

Best time management tool: Oddly enough, I would say the word “no” is the greatest time management tool, ever.

I can’t live without my: Family. I love the creativity and the innovation of my work, but my family is the reason for it.

My favorite thing about Amarillo is: The people. I hear people complain about Amarillo, but I live here on purpose. I love the people I work around, hang out with, and stay connected to.

Most unusual job or task: I see it as an integral part of my job to write and learn every day. Most executives see that as something they do when their work is done. I see it as my actual work that makes the rest of what I do effective.

-- the AM Team

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