Landon is truly a West Coast kind of guy, a straight-talking Excel buff whose favourite way to relax involves tackling back-country trails in his 4×4 with wife and four kids in tow while admiring the scenery.
After stints leading the A/P team and as a Financial Analyst in our Vancouver business unit, Landon settled in as Finance Leader and has become engrossed in the world of Lean Accounting.
He’s a firm believer that everyone in Finance should get themselves a strong foundation in operations, and that everyone in operations should know how to read a profit and loss statement and a balance sheet.
Landon began working at Creation in 2003 and immediately became our “Sandalman”, so named for the one or two times each year he deigns to wear shoes and socks.
What Drives You?: Autonomy, flexibility, challenge, and change.
Best Part of the Job: Taking things apart enough so that I can repair or restructure them.
Best Book Ever: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – it just consumed my imagination and provided the revelation that anyone can achieve their own kind of greatness…with some nudging from knowing elders. I like to remind my kids of that part.
Can’t Live Without: Watching the sun come up over the ridge across the lake at our favourite place to camp. Favourite Quote: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~George Bernard Shaw
How many emails do you get a day? What happens when you go on vacation? Are you a slave to your Outlook task-master?
These are a few of the questions I like to ask when the opportunity presents itself. I love helping people battle email overload. It’s the Lean Accountant in me.
Take, for example, my recent conversation with a Program Manager here at Creation. We were chatting as we waited for the coffee machine and the subject of vacation came up (among other lofty topics).
I asked if he was able to truly unplug during his vacation. “Sure,” he said, “except for checking my email.” My ears perked up.
Turns out he gets so many emails that he checks them on vacation to avoid a landslide when he comes back.
He went on to say that many of…Read More
Does your role limit what you can do?
The responsibilities you were hired for probably determine the primary goals of your day-to-day work. But I’m a firm believer that they aren’t all that you can, or even should, do.
Imagine, for a moment, that you are a crane operator.
In this high-pressure role you are responsible for raising and lowering incredibly heavy loads based on instructions from a foreman.
One day, the foreman instructs you to lower the load to the ground. As you get ready to perform the task, you spy an abandoned vehicle precisely where the load will land. The foreman hasn’t seen the car. What do you do?
Think about it…then read onward.
Obviously, (hopefully?!), you don’t crush the car. But what…Read More
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