Risk means Reward
With Maxim Wheatley
Early in Maxim Wheatley’s career, he wasn’t afraid to take risks. Years later, he credits those risks.
Maxim is an entrepreneur and startup executive who has scaled companies from five to fifty-plus employees. He has led and scaled remote teams for over seven years and is experienced in remote and distributed team building, operations, and leadership.
Maxim is currently the Head of Product and Marketing at Merico, the next-generation code contribution analytics system, driving transparency and improvement. Their unique metrics and measurements bring fresh insights to enterprise engineering, HR teams, and open-source projects.
Once a startup entrepreneur and now an employee, Maxim shares his lessons learned from leading, following, and collaborating.
Don’t be afraid to face issues head-on.
Maxim used to channel his courage into risky endeavors in his company. But he soon found a new challenge: Having difficult conversations. Preferring to keep quiet and seem amiable, Maxim soon learned that the biggest risk is vulnerability-in conversations with consumers, employees and business partnerships.
“My life has revolved around taking risks with lots of conviction.”
“I would attribute a lot of my success to showing up authentically with great mentors. They have helped me feel capable and confident when things get tough. Create your personal advisory board.”
“I invest a good deal of my own mental energy into figuring out what questions I should be asking of myself, other people or the task at hand – and finding out how I will know whether I’m right or wrong.”
“I want to improve the quality of life for the people who touch whatever I’m doing.”
“We get [consumers] to give us insights about the things that are getting in the way of their success. It helps us figure out where the pain points are.”
“You can do all kinds of clever things, but there’s no getting around the value of having those direct conversations.”
Links mentioned in this episode:
Check out Merico’s website here: https://www.merico.dev/
Connect with Maxim on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maximwheatley/
You can follow Maxim on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MaximWheatley
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