Occupation: Principal, onesta
First Car: Hyundai Excel
Favorite Restaurant: Might just have to be Chick-fil-A, since we don't have them in New York.
What are three things most people don't know about you?
a). I was a boy scout as a kid
b). I love snowboarding
c). I am a HUGE Chicago Bears fan (actually, just about anyone who meets me knows the last one, but I figured I’d throw it in for my cyber friends out there who may not know yet...now you know. Go Bears!)
What's been your greatest adventure in life?
Having a child. I’ve learned more about myself and my outlook on life in the past six months than in all my previous years.
What's your best childhood memory?
The day my family brought home our first dog (a chocolate lab named Janko). I was in 7th grade.
If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
I think I’d like to talk to my future self from about 30 years from now and ask myself about all the many mistakes I’m going to make so that I can attempt to avoid the big ones and gain wisdom from the smaller ones. I wouldn’t mind knowing if I’m going to lose my hair too, that way I can get over the anxiety and save some money on the expensive shampoos.
What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?
Admit I was wrong about something pretty big and ask for forgiveness from those who were affected. I’d also rate it as my greatest accomplishment, however.
Tell us about your favorite hobby.
Spending time with my family.... not too long ago I might’ve said snowboarding or scuba diving, but children change everything!
What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
I’m currently reading three books:
- America: The Last Best Hope vol. I by William Bennett (a great presentation of the history of the U.S.)
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson et al (a decent book about influencing others through conversation), and
- Call to Arms, by W.E.B. Griffin.
My favorite novel is probably The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, and the best business book of all times has to be Flawless Consulting by Peter Block - a must-have for all PS professionals.
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
I’ve never gone diving at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.... something I’ll have to do before my time is up.
If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
Catholic Charities USA - it helps to counter many of the ills of the world, not only by donating much-needed financial aid, education and services, but also by instilling faith and values even when it’s not always politically correct to do so.
If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
I’d be a rock star. But given that I hate tight leather pants and have no musical talent, I’ll stick with PS.
What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
I got here in a roundabout way, but the short story is that I had a wonderful mentor who encouraged me to do so based on my strengths and interests.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
Be patient and learn everything you can - each engagement, each client, each project-gone-wrong will teach you valuable lessons. Often, we learn more from our failures than from our successes… embrace the lessons, just don’t repeat the failures.
Scott may be contacted at (scott dot liewehr at onestagroup dot com)