As one of The Business Journal’s Fast 50 (the Fast 50 are the fastest-growing private companies in the Twin Cities, based on revenue growth over the past three years), I was interviewed on the impact of my dad on the business. If you’re a subscriber to the Business Journal, you can access Why Dad remains top mentor choice online. If not, the brief interview is below.
Business: IT training and consulting services
Answering: Tom Salonek, CEO
Dad: Theodore Salonek, farmer
What is your father’s best business advice?
Tell the truth and you’ll only have one story to remember.
How has your father inspired you?
“If you do nothing, you won’t make any mistakes,” were his first words to me as a teenager after learning that I accidently had sheared the axel on his truck. There was no shaming reprimand, just a straightforward focus on solutions. What a great lesson for anyone who manages fallible human beings!
How has your dad supported you?
He was encouraging and quick to tell me he was proud of what I and the firm had become.