Having the chance to sit down and chat with Ann Chow, President of National Business at AT&T, was nothing short of inspiring. Ann and Ramon spoke at length about what it means to be a great leader, the importance of diversity, and how small businesses need to utilize the technology available to maintain the right security for their users. Below we summarize Ann and Ramon’s conversation, in case you missed the podcast.
As the President of National Business at AT&T, Ann Chow supports the small and medium size business marketplace and also works with the AT&T indirect channel, which are 3rd party businesses that resell the AT&T services and products. While Ann has had the pleasure of supporting businesses of all sizes, she’s truly passionate about the small and medium size organizations.
Ann manages a large team of employees, and it takes real leadership skills to be able to connect and motivate so many people each day who are in all different locations. Luckily for her team, Ann feels deeply passionate about leadership roles and says
This is a thought provoking idea, especially for small business owners who might not think of themselves as a leader.
Ann shared her secret sauce of leadership. That’s right – she has found that there are 7 ingredients that make a great leader, and these are all qualities that anyone can possess, no matter the size of their business or team.
Let’s break down Ann’s 7 C’s of leadership:
There’s no doubt that this is an exciting time for tech and small businesses. “Every business now, no matter how big or how small, is a tech company, whether they know it or not,” was one of Ann’s first comments on this topic. If you’re a small business owner, that’s a daunting idea, but one that needs to be taken seriously. Technology can enable or disable an organization, so it’s important to be in the know of what’s coming down the pipeline of technology.
Ann talks about how tech can make any business, regardless of size, seem bigger and work more efficiently. For small businesses especially, being efficient and offering great customer service through technology can take a business to new heights.
Ann and Ramon shifted topics and discussed diversity in the small business market. Diversity isn’t a new topic, in fact, it’s in the media now more than ever before. Diversity in business isn’t just about race or religion, it’s actually much more than that.
Women owned businesses are on the rise, and an integral part of any business growth strategy must include diversity. Ann talks about how making diversity part of your growth plan will foster long-term customer loyalty, which hits home for many of us. It feels better buying products or services from businesses where you can recognize yourself in the brand and the employees. Seeing people of different genders, races, and religions means you’re more likely to be loyal to the brand.
Ramon’s conversation with Ann was refreshing and thought-provoking. We hope to continue learning more from Ann in the near future!