Name: Adam Schneider
Business Title: President | CEO | Sales Engineer
Company/Organization: ConceptWorks, Inc.
Favorite Musician: Can’t say I have a clear favorite. I seem to go in random waves on Pandora… right now I’m on a Johnny Cash Radio kick.
Favorite Vacation: hands-down, Ireland
Favorite Restaurant: The Black Pig - Sheboygan
BILL MARKLEIN: What is in the DNA of a servant leader?
ADAM SCHNEIDER: A servant leader is willing to do any task they’d ask of his/her team. They aren’t afraid to jump right-in and get dirty with the team. A servant leader treats everyone with equal respect – from the customer that flew in on a corporate jet to the staff member that pridefully cleans the restrooms.
BILL MARKLEIN: What has been the most important factor(s) in your leadership development journey?
ADAM SCHNEIDER: I think it’s the realization that leadership IS in-fact just that…A journey. You’re always learning and adapting to a changing business environment or a team dynamic. Personal development and continuous self-improvement are a necessary part of a leader’s journey. No day or situation is ever the same. The ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome are also necessary character traits…as is the ability to laugh at yourself from time-to-time.
"Fifteen years in business has taught me that the
greatest attribute of any business is its culture.
The biggest driver of a company’s culture is
the emotional intelligence of its staff."
BILL MARKLEIN: How does Emotional Intelligence, the awareness and management of your own emotions and the emotions of others, play a role in your leadership?
ADAM SCHNEIDER: It’s a huge aspect. I would add that I’m a work-in-process in this category – but am self-aware of how my emotional disposition can influence others on my team. Leadership requires a healthy balance of logic and emotion. Fifteen years in business has taught me that the greatest attribute of any business is its culture. The biggest driver of a company’s culture is the emotional intelligence of its staff. At ConceptWorks we are a big fan of the DISC profile. The DISC profile helps us better communicate with one another and build upon strengths and motives.
BILL MARKLEIN: Who has made the most positive impact on your life and what is this individual’s attributes?
ADAM SCHNEIDER: I try to vicariously learn through the lens of wisdom that others present. I’ve had great influencers, teachers, and coaches in my life. My parents, Chuck and Karen, taught me the value of hard work and integrity. My uncle, Dave, exposed me to business and fully empowered me. Jerry Baltus and Mike Thuecks have been great coaches to me – on business and life. My wife, Nikki, and children, Isaac and Isla, have been a steady system of support and unconditional love. The parishioners and staff of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Parish have also been influential in molding my leadership style.