Charles Novak, Retired Surveyor & Author of Home is Everywhere | #61

Today’s guest is Charles Novak, father of oGoLead CEO David Novak. Charles was born in Haddam, Kansas, in 1929. He joined the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey as a young man and traveled the United States for much of his life measuring unmapped land. During his time on the road with the USCGS, Charles met his wife Jean and they had three children. He retired from the Survey in 1985 but continued work in a position with the U.S. Boundary Commission. He has made his home in more than sixty places across the U.S. and now lives permanently in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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According to Charles, the best leaders are organized and get along with others.
At one point in his career, Charles led a team of 25 people. His philosophy about leadership was that you should treat everyone well. When you reward those who work hard, it inspires them to do a better job.
(8:55-9:45)

What is your leadership philosophy?
In what ways do you reward those who work hard?

Charles says the way to grow in your career is to keep learning. If you aren’t constantly learning, you won’t be able to stay at the top.
(10:58-11:20)

How are you learning to be a better leader?
What areas or topics should leaders focus their learning on?

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