Originally Posted on Nomad Futurist

In this episode, Nabeel and Phillip are joined by Chris Downie, an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Chris is currently CEO of Flexential but has been in the data center business for 16 years. Prior to that, he was in the emerging technology domain as a CFO.

Phillip asks if Chris’s personality is what drove his ability to navigate his previous position as a CFO, or a particular skill that he learned with a degree,

“It was the desire to learn in different circumstances, versus being trained in one specific thing. I think it was just recognizing that there’s a whole range of perspectives in any given situation that need to be considered and having an open mind to learn those perspectives and adapt them to given situations.”

With Chris now in his role as CEO, Nabeel asks what traits or strengths he thinks led him to where he is today:

“I’ve had some really tough experiences and some really good experiences, and it’s about appreciating that neither were really guaranteed. Timing is a major consideration that can lead to success or failure, so making sure that I appreciated those learnings along the way, and making sure I use the takeaways from each one of my adventures over the course of my career in my current position.”

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