Take a Look Behind the Curtain with Don McGrath, Author of The Climb: 7 Keys to Navigating Organizational Change
About Don McGrath:
Q. What are your previous occupations?
A. Electrical engineer, semiconductor chip designer, engineering leader and manager, rock climbing guide
Q. What was your favorite job?
A. Rock climbing guide
Q. What Highschool and/or College did you attend?
A. Scotia-Glenville Highschool, bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, Master’s degree from Purdue University, and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Q. Who is your favorite author?
A. Jim Collins
Q. Who is your favorite recording artist or song?
A. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Q. What is your favorite Movie or TV Show?
A. American Ninja Warrior
Sneak Peak Behind The Scenes
Q. What’s your guilty pleasure?
A. Red wine
Q. Who is your greatest role model?
A. Jim Collins
Q. How do you define success?
A. For me, success means working really hard at a big goal and accomplishing it.
Successes that I relish are completing my Ph.D. while I was working full time, and reaching my goal of retiring from my corporate career at age 53.
Big goal lead to big results. I love doing really difficult things well.
Q. What is the secret to your success?
A. I am an undying optimist. If I'm out rock climbing and it starts to rain, while others start packing up, I'll often say, "heavy stuff ain't comin' down for a while yet." Often the rain passes and we climb more.
Here I tell the story about where I believe my optimism comes from.
Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A. My wife and I currently live in Colorado Springs, CO and we've asked ourselves this question many times, since we can choose to live anywhere we want to. So far we haven't come up with anywhere we'd like to live better than Colorado Springs.
Q. What’s your kryptonite?
A. Boredom. I hate being bored. When I get bored, I tend to create new projects for myself.
Q. What historical figure do you most relate to?
Q. What is your biggest regret?
A. In college, I had the chance to travel to Europe and race the 3,000 meter steeplechase over the summer. I didn’t do it because I couldn’t come up with the $1,500 required. I wish I had tried harder to make this happen.
Q. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Q. What is your best advise to people whom look up to you and your success?