Ron – Communications Strategist – Corporate/Employee/Change

Ron has a unique combination of practical communications experience and the ability to stay focused in a fast-paced environment with ever-changing priorities. He is a proven communications leader who has created and executed high-impact communications strategies in both public and private companies. Ron is a thought leader and skilled writer who can influence a broad audience by translating complex material into compelling messages. He has a strong knowledge of and hands-on experience in all forms of communications, project management, content creation, and strategic planning. Most recently Ron has led internal communications programs for some of the world’s top brands in the airline, technology, medical device, automotive, publishing, mining & minerals, telecommunications, and insurance industries. He operates with a strong sense of urgency and thrives in a fast-paced setting. Ron is available for full-time and freelance opportunities.

Please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? 
I learn from everyone around me by being a good listener. I have been very fortunate to work for several people who taught me what it means to be a great leader and how to lead by example. Life is one long learning experience with daily opportunities for growth. That’s not to say it will always be easy because it won’t. The most important thing to remember is never to give up, even when life throws you a curve ball. Keep on moving, working, and learning. Always keep the right attitude and look for something positive in every situation. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. However, we must learn from those mistakes and never repeat them. I learned early on to accept constructive criticism as a way to hone my skills and deliver a better product.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? 
The short answer is, no! Without struggles, we would never grow and become a better version of ourselves. Adversity makes us stronger and teaches us to find creative and innovative ways to solve problems. Only then can we move on to becoming a critical thinker and problem solver.
What is “success” or “successful” for you? 
The definition of success for me has evolved over the years. The focus has shifted into something more life-affirming by giving back and seeing those around me prosper. It also means being happy and contented in life. Sometimes detours are thrown in our paths, but it’s what we do with them that determines success or failure. I think Thomas Edison said it best, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” We’ve all had setbacks from time to time. If we fail to learn from them, then we’re doomed to repeat them. Success is about striving to do my best every day and knowing that I’ve done a great job and about seeing my team succeed without worrying about who gets the credit. Also, knowing I’m making a positive difference in their lives and that they’re benefitting from working with me brings me great joy.