I met Paul Heald when he walked into the small day office on the twenty-fifth floor of a San Francisco skyscraper. He was to be my fourth of five interviews that day for a marketing role at BrightTALK. We shook hands and he swiftly got to work grilling me on my past experiences, goals and aspirations. At one point he paused, “You know, you’re quite interesting, Kathryn.” I smiled and shrugged. I remember appreciating that a CEO had taken the time to get to know me and really consider the role that I might play in the business.
When I started at BrightTALK a few weeks later, Paul was there to greet me. “You know, together we really can build something great,” he told me. Over the past five and a half years of doing just that, he has taught me a lot about building a great business and growing a strong career. Here are five of the many things I learned: