Some know that I grew up in Montana and Wyoming on cattle ranches and came at 17 to the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service because I knew I wanted an international career. I thought I would be a corporate lawyer and instead after a great year at the London School of Economics finished with an International Economics and Finance concentration instead.
Even though I generally love the Harvard Business Review, it always makes me smile ironically when they write articles about Leadership and Management as if they are separate things. These two topics are far from separate entities if a company is to execute. Leadership and management are intertwined and required in order to grow and advance a company of any size. Companies don’t grow without a leader (ideally leaders) to help pave the way, and they don’t continue to grow without good management.
One of the most important lessons in business is that it waits for no one. Building and defending competitive advantage, raising the effectiveness of teams, making continuous improvement should not just be a phrase, but a way of life. This is what is required to be successful in business in this day and age, whether as a person, a management team or as a company.
Welcome to our blog series “CEO Corner” with the ServicePower CEO Marne Martin. Marne Martin joined ServicePower as CFO in January 2013, and became CEO in September of 2013. Previously she was a member of the founding team of the first GSM cellular company in the Americas, managed an equity investment and management firm as President, and led the successful IPO in 2008 of a 50 year old telecom services company as their CFO. Besides leading service businesses to excellence, Marne’s additional passion is horses and for fun, she is a dressage competitor and breeder.