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MEET JOHN VENTRE
I am a self-made person from a poor background that has been working since age 11 and put myself through college. I am the type of person that people seem to want to follow; and do. I surround myself with people who have skills in areas that I don’t and quickly learn from them. I prefer to discuss rather than watch power point presentations. I am not a micro manager but train through delegation and follow up. I promote people who get things done. I take ideas and turn them into outcomes while others are stuck on details. I have the ability to observe people and play to their strengths. I have no tolerance for brown-nose’s, egos or work place politics. I understand that the competition is in the field, not in the office. I invite disagreement but everyone knows exactly where they stand. I never say anything behind someone’s back that I hadn’t already said to their face. Weak leaders surround themselves with yes men; I want people who get results. I try to treat people the way I want to be treated. I’ve been told at work that everything I touch turns to gold and that I am the most focused person they have ever met. I retired May 18 2012 after 35 years with UPS.