Episode 12: Different Employees Have Different Motivations, with Ross Warne
Ross Warne P.Eng is Anvil’s Manager of Resources where he has the responsibility of leading Anvil’s Project and engineering effort. He establishes annual goals, works metrics by working with all disciplines to ensure Anvil continuously provides consistent, quality products and services to all clients.
Ross joined Anvil in 1997 as a Mechanical Engineer where he provided detailed discipline engineering for several of Anvil’s main clients. From there he moved into a discipline lead role and managed the mechanical work for several of Anvil’s largest projects. Following that he transitioned into a project management role from 2009 – 2010 and then managed their Anchorage office from 2010 – 2011. When he returned from Anchorage, Ross took over the Management of the Mechanical department from 2012-2013 before taking on his current role.
Ross has over 30 years of Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management and Mechanical design experience. He has mainly worked in two industries, Pulp and Paper in both domestic and overseas projects and Oil and Gas. He started out in the trades earning his Journeyman Certification as a machinist and worked in heavy oil research and development in the late 70s.
Ross holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, a Journeyman Machinist Red Seal certification from the Province of Alberta, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia. He immigrated to the United States with his family and they are now American citizens.
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- Ross’ journey and the challenges of his career
- Why listening is the most important part of leadership
- The lessons Ross as learned from Jim Wakefield, one of his most influential mentors
- What Ross has learned from making mistakes and why mistakes don’t stick as much when you make them learning experiences
- Why engagement is what separates the “A Players” from lesser employees
- How Ross finds and recruits his talent
- What Anvil’s onboarding process is like and how that is supported by their strong culture
- How to provide meaningful careers to employees from different generations
- What leaders need to do to keep learning
- Ross’ personal development strategies
- Three strategies for productivity