ZorroSign CEO, Shamsh Hadi recently sat down to provide an insight into who he is and how he got to where he is today, in both business and his personal life. Shamsh didn’t hold back in this dynamic interview, allowing us a front-row seat into the makings of a technology pioneer and self-made business leader. Read on to discover the man behind the brand.
Question: You have had a very dynamic career, spanning multiple industries, how did you get to where you are professionally?
Answer: Sheer determination to succeed, passion to learn, clear and concise goal setting, and family support all contributed to my professional success.
Question: You have proven yourself as an effective leader, what attributes do you look for when hiring?
Answer: When hiring human resources, I look for six very specific attributes:
- Leadership skills
- Organizational skills
- Communication skills
- Active listening skills
- Honesty, Ambition and a Strong Work Ethic
From experience, when a team member has these six attributes, they become a valuable member of team. If there are knowledge gaps or deficiencies, having the preceding attributes allows the team member to gain the skills on the job to continue to contribute to the company in a meaningful way.
Question: What is ZorroSign’s employee culture?
Answer: I believe we have a talented, driven, dedicated, innovative and ambitious employee culture at ZorroSign. The company work culture encourages employees to behave like a family and care about each other, their work and their family. The company strives to keep the culture strong by focusing on employee wellness, creating goals (work and personal), encouraging positivity, fostering corporate social responsibility, clear and concise communication and provides transparency from top down.
Question: What is one word that describes you the best?
Answer: Perseverant – In all aspects of my life, professional and personally, I go after what I want and am persistent until I reach the goal I have set.
Question: You have accomplished so much at a fairly young age, what are your future professional goals?
Answer: Professionally I have set out three goals for myself:
- Identifying and fostering leadership in others
- Building resilience
- Learning to fail gracefully
Question: What are your three biggest accomplishments?
Answer: Wow, that is a difficult question to answer, as accomplishment often advances as one develops and refines themselves. Being recognized as a subject matter expert in the Tech Industry is something I am proud of. Saving the planet – one page at a time with ZorroSign’s Digital Signature solution gives me purpose. Being accepted to the Presidents Program (A Harvard Business School and YPO initiative) has given me a sense of accomplishment. While none of these accomplishments define me, they are each things that I worked hard to achieve and they provide me intrinsic reward.
Question: It’s often said that great CEO’s have even greater mentors. What CEOs do you look up to?
Answer: There are so many CEOs who I look up to for various reasons. A short list of some of these business leaders are: Sara Blakely, Jeff Bezos, Satya Nadella, Bob Iger, Warren Buffet, Ken Chenault, Lisa Su, and Tony Hsieh. Each CEO on this list has qualities I admire, tenacity I respect, and accomplishment I lionize.
Answer: I am passionate about traveling. I am a very curious person, so I am constantly wanting to learn or experience something new; traveling helps me check off these boxes. With travel comes an innate sense of adventure. Over the years I have found adventure allows me to remove myself from my comfort zone, which facilitates additional personal and professional growth.
Question: Business is often an adventure, tell me about your favorite life adventure.
Answer: I make sure every day is an adventure for me, otherwise life gets boring.
Question: What do you enjoy most outside of work?
Answer: A quiet and simple family man, outside of work I focus my time on family. They are the backbone, the support and motivation I have to get up every day and accomplish great things.
Question: What is one thing you want everyone reading this to know about you?
Answer: I am driven to ensure ZorroSign continues to be a world class company. Don’t underestimate my vision and plan for the company and the direction I am driving the organization. I love a good debate and encourage anyone, team members, customers, interested business professionals to reach out, roll up your sleeves and work towards a common goal!