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the agility of our organization to adapt to change, and clarity of vision and strategy throughout the organization.”


Asked about his leadership style, he said two books have had a significant impact on the way he thinks about leadership and management. The first is Winning by Jack Welch.


“That book helped me understand the importance of communi- cating clearly regarding business strategies and how critical hu- man resource management is in the role of a leader. The second is Pleased but Not Satisfied by David Sokol. This book reminds us to always be critical in how we look at our business and that conservative and disciplined management practices may not be flashy, but will deliver high performance results consistently.”


Vegas adds 5 rules of his own:


1. Always know what the big rocks are in your life and at work.


“There was an activity at a church camp I attended that had us fill a jar with a series of small, medium and large rocks, with the goal being to fit as many as possible in the jar. Then the rocks were equated to items of importance in our life (the large rocks being the most important) and the jar was the amount of time we had in our life. The activity shows that if you don’t put the large rocks in first, they will not fit after you put in the small ones. So if you fill your day with less important activities, you will miss out on the most important things in your life.”


2. Never delegate accountability. My iPhone


“This does not mean do not delegate, but focus on account- ability and ownership. Regardless of whether you are a manag- er or individual contributor, take ownership in your work and see it through to completion.”


3. Lead by example–always be willing to do yourself what you ask of others.


4. Surround yourself with people that are better than you and/or want your job.


“A network of ambitious and successful people can be one of your most valuable work assets. And remember, you can’t go anywhere in your career if you’re irreplaceable. Help grow and develop people and you will also help your career develop- ment as well.”


5. Say thank you often, publicly and genuinely. www.hispanicengineer.com HISPANIC ENGINEER & Information Technology | Fall 2014 29


It integrates so many important func- tions for me—the phone of course, my calendar, email, news, traffic information, weather forecasts, sports updates, social media, etc. When I travel, I Facetime with my family and can see them and talk to them at the same time. I can also unwind with it and play a game of Bejeweled or Tetris, two of my favorites.


UtilityDive.com


It aggregates and summarizes news stories and informa- tion about the energy industry in a very consumable way. It also has a good corresponding iPhone app that makes it easy to get the information on the smaller iPhone screen.


Vegas has three pieces of advice for students in a co-op or internship


1. Take the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the organization beyond just the area that you are assigned.


2. Ask a lot of questions. People do not expect you to know everything, you are there to learn.


3. It is equally important to learn what you do NOT want to do with your career as it is to learn what you DO want to do in your career.


FAVORITE THINGS


“Gratitude and appreciation are at the top of the mood eleva- tor and when our thinking and attitude is in an appreciative state, we are at our best.”


Vegas currently serves as the chairman on the board of trust- ees for the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio. He is a director on the boards of the United Way of Central Ohio, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the economic de- velopment organization for central Ohio, Columbus 2020. He also serves on the advisory boards for the Ohio State University College of Engineering and the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership. Vegas attended the AEP Strategic Lead- ership program at The Ohio State University and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.


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