From my experience working with Bob, he inspires and provides a sense of belonging with his employees, as well as a strong sense of purpose and direction. He encourages outward thinking, experimentation, even failure, if it means we were trying something new and innovative. I was shown a leadership style that valued my own personal growth, as well as the growth of my career. Team culture always sat above all else, ensuring his employees were focused on providing a work environment built to sustain relationships and team building.
The word I’d use to describe Bob’s leadership style is Balanced.To explain further: One of the difficult things about leading an individual, a group, a department, or a company, that I’ve seen, is finding the right balance between managing and allowing individuals to learn for themselves. One of the main reasons that I consistently tell people that Bob is the best manager I’ve ever had is his ability for find the right balance between being hands off enough to make me feel like I owned a project and had the autonomy to make decisions, knowing he would have my back, versus him taking the time to teach me or lead me when I did need some help in understanding a concept, goal or strategy for whatever campaign or platform we were working on. I’ve worked for leaders who micromanaged and made me feel like a cog in a machine with no autonomy and I’ve worked with leaders who were so hands off that I felt alone on an island with no clear direction I needed to work toward. Bob’s leadership style really found the perfect balance between autonomy and training. What was really interesting about it as well was seeing how he’d approach different individuals on the team in a way that was most comfortable for them. Some he took a more hands off approach, and some required more training. He was great at finding where on that spectrum he needed to be for different people, and even with me, depending on what we were working on. If it was something I was really comfortable with, he’d step back more. If It was something I needed more help on, he’d step in without me feeling like I was wasting his time when needing to learn something. Bob really made me feel like a valuable part of a team with everyone pushing in the same direction. He was great at providing the vision for where he wanted to go while coaching and trusting the members of his team to get there.
Bob’s leadership has been transformational for my career. While under his direction, not only has our team achieved every quarterly goal, I have experienced exponential personal and professional growth. Bob continually challenges me to explore and learn new things. This encouragement has given me a whole new level of confidence that transcends across all aspects of my life.
I worked for Bob for about two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx digital media team. During my time with him, Bob provided a great working environment. We were structured, focused and all understood our roles, but we all were given the flexibility to take ownership in our positions so we could learn, grow and better execute our work. I learned a lot from Bob not only through how he conducted himself each day but through the independence he gave us to do our work. Bob also provided an office environment that was genuinely fun. We worked hard, but we played hard, too. And because we were able to laugh throughout the day, we were much more productive. I believe team morale is 90 percent of what makes a successful group, and Bob led our digital media team in a way that allowed us to become friends and, as a result, better co-workers. He is genuine, he is a realistic but willing to dream big, and he is as forward thinking in the digital media field as anyone I’ve met. Bob makes his workers better because of the belief he has in them and the knowledge he provides them. I strongly feel I am a better working professional because I worked for Bob.