Leadership Insight: Mike Gummeson
If you ever wanted to be like Mike, this is the Mike
to emulate. If you aspire to leadership try being
like Gummeson and not like Jordan.
Mike Gummeson is a visionary and inspiring leader.
Under his watch as president and CEO, National
Diversified Sales has grown into an industry leader
in manufacturing and innovation. NDS has become
widely recognized for their water management
solutions and Mike has achieved a great legacy of
dealing with change and building a talented
More than anything else, Mike has been a corporate
culture warrior at NDS. He has defined and
consistently reinforced the core values of the
organization and built a culture based on those
values. Personally, Mike is very engaging, energetic
and one of the most self-aware executives we have
Question: Please describe your
leadership style and approach.
Answer: "There are several things
that are very important to me as a leader: First,
that the entire organization have a clear
understanding of where we are going, our vision and
the specific financial goals we need to achieve for
the current year.
I also want everyone to know how we plan to get
there in the form of our priority initiatives and
action plans, each of which have a clear initiative
champion and owner. Finally, I want everyone to know
how they are expected to contribute to our
initiatives and financial goals.
We create and reinforce a company culture embraced
and practiced by all employees that is based on our
Core Values (Teamwork, Communication, Results,
Customer Focus and; Integrity and Trust). We also
want to make sure our team displays a set of
behaviors characterized by alignment with our
vision, financial goals, and priority initiatives;
frequent and candid communication and feedback at
all levels; employees taking ownership and
initiative; moving with speed; flexibility and
adaptability to changing conditions; and continuous
improvement, both personally and as an organization.
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