Finding Satisfaction in the Journey with Bill Sandbrook: Lead to Succeed 40

In this Lead to Succeed episode, Naphtali interviews Bill Sandbrook. Bill is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Concrete, a leading supplier of ready-mixed concrete and aggregates in active construction markets across the country. He is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and spent thirteen years serving in the U.S. Army. Bill holds four advanced degrees and is responsible for U.S. Concrete’s impressive growth since his arrival in 2011.

Conversation Highlights

1:00 – Naphtali introduces Bill

2:14 – How the military prepares people to become business leaders

3:30 – You can’t order your people around in the business world

4:59 – How leaders can sift through information to make focused, mission-based decisions

6:18 – Why U.S. Concrete needed to get really focused on its core mission and weed out other pursuits

8:31 – Why Bill went on a 3-month listening tour when he first joined the company

11:28 – Command and control has made way for distributed leadership

12:06 – The challenge of leading and connecting in a digital, text-oriented age

15:30 – The importance of treating others with respect, as if they’re the most important people in the world at the moment

17:10 – 3 things leaders should do every day

18:45 – How Bill develops and prioritizes his to-do list

19:33 – Bill uses his commute and flight time to think without interruption

20:45 – Rapid fire

22:08 – U.S. Concrete’s website

22:26 – Young people should not discount brick and mortar companies like US Concrete as viable work options

23:44 – The advantage of a quicker path to success

24:40 – It’s about the journey, not the destination

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