Todd is excited about meeting the Paragon distributors and customers. “I want to understand their needs and listen to their thoughts on how we can better support their efforts,” said Todd. “If there is a problem, tell me about it. If you don’t tell me, I’ll have a hard time figuring it out.”
What is Todd’s business philosophy? He follows Robert Greenleaf’s servant leadership, which, according to www.greenleaf.org, “enriches the lives of individuals, builds more effective organizations of all kinds and, ultimately, creates a more just and caring world.”
Servant leadership is “service above self,” said Todd. “You’re still running the ship, but you are learning and teaching. I believe in letting people do what they do without interference. It’s not the executive who makes a company money. It’s the people in the company. People will do the right thing. I rely heavily in the expertise of the people who do the jobs. I try to learn as much as possible from them.”
“It is satisfying to have a role in the personal and professional successes of others. I don’t need personal credit for successes within an organization,” he explained.
What does Todd see in Paragon’s future? “I’m happy with the way the company is run,” he said. “I see strategic growth in niche markets where we can do well. And I want us to constantly improve our designs and service. Paragon is solid. It is running smoothly. In the near future, the direction of the company will not change. This will be a seamless transition. At first I am mainly going to learn.”