Russell is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant (Texas) with over 20 years’ experience. He earned his BBA – Accounting from Texas State University and his MS – Accountancy from University of Houston. He is currently serving as President of the Institute of Management Accountants – Houston Chapter. Russell is also a die-hard (read long-suffering) fan and booster of the Texas State athletics program. Eat ‘em up Cats!
THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAIT
Over the years, I have been a part of several discussions about what the most important trait is that leaders and employees need to be successful. An abundant list of key traits always come up, and all are critically important: technical skills, interpersonal skills, strong work ethic, integrity, industry knowledge, product expertise, strategic view, tactical execution, and the list goes on. But I believe the single most important and valuable trait any employee can have, whether the company is an established leader, a company restructuring to survive, or a fledgling startup fighting for a foothold in the marketplace, is passion.
One of my co-workers has a sticker on his car that says “Eat, Sleep, Weld.” I like seeing that kind of pride in a fellow employee! To me, that says he loves what he does for a living. He is passionate about his profession. Passion for your career will carry you further in your field than just about any other trait. With passion, you’ll have a natural curiosity about your profession. You’ll grow your skills because you have a desire to know more about your profession. You’ll come into work a little earlier or stay a little later, not because of other’s goals or deadlines, but because you love what you do. You’ll think about improving your processes when your away from the shop or office, not because of other’s expectations, but because you’re passionate about what you do. You’ll never see a champion who is ambivalent about their sport. You’ll never find an expert who is uninterested in their field. Champions and experts are who they are because they are passionate.
You’ve heard the saying, “Find a job that you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That is passion! Whether your chosen career is management, sales, engineering, machining, welding, customer service, or accounting, passion won’t push you forward like a taskmaster. Instead, passion will lead you, entice you, draw you, to be the best at what you do! You’ll have the drive to find a better process, design a better product, manufacture with better efficiency, or better understand your customer’s needs. At Citadel Casing Solutions, we are passionate about what we do, our customers, our products, and our people!