On March 7, the University of Colorado, South Denver hosted its second Journey to the Top C-Suite Series, featuring Steve White, president of Comcast - West Division. The C-Suite Series brings in top …
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On March 7, the University of Colorado, South Denver hosted its second Journey to the Top C-Suite Series, featuring Steve White, president of Comcast - West Division. The C-Suite Series brings in top executives from large, local companies to provide advice on building a career.
During a fireside-style chat with Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet, White shared his personal story of how he persevered through hardships and forged his path to success. White spoke on the importance of inclusivity and his leadership philosophy, to building a strong company culture.
Following the program, White answered audience members’ questions on topics such as advice he would give to entrepreneurs and how to use adversities to cultivate a culture of diversity in the workplace.
White emphasized the importance of “creating an environment where everyone sits at the table of prosperity.” He cited this as his guiding leadership principle, explaining that when everyone can participate, that is a winning philosophy.
Not only did he address how to create an inclusive workplace culture, but White also shared how he employs authentic leadership. Being vulnerable and sharing your story is key to becoming an authentic leader, he said.
“Be yourself and allow the best to come out,” White said.
But authentic leadership cannot be accomplished in a silo, White said. White explained that, while it is helpful to surround yourself with a positive support network, having people who will be honest with you is all the better. Find people who do not sugar-coat the matter, but instead ask thought-provoking questions that enable you to think outside of the box.
White also stressed the importance of focusing on what you can control.
“Effort and attitude are the only two things you can control,” he said.
White cautioned that these character traits are hard to teach, so it is vital to find employees who instinctively demonstrate them.
The next Journey to the Top event will take place at CU South Denver on Aug. 22 and will feature Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita, a kidney care medical company.
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