Pop Quiz, Monday with Graham Shorr

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Graham Shorr

Graham Shorr
Photo credit: Graham Shorr

What is your job role?
Director of Growth

Tell us about your company?
We’re a technology-enabled commercial real estate brokerage specializing in helping growing companies find office space.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the process of turning an idea into a fully-fleshed project, with subtasks, KPIs, and timelines. The transition to making something actionable is always enthralling and fulfilling.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
To be honest, I’m pretty intrinsically motivated!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Their willingness to help other people at the company, and their overall conscientiousness.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Nothing is more fun than consistently seeing projects get completed, and being able to measure results. I think the cadence of starting and finishing work puts everyone in a better mood for stuff like happy hours, jokes in the office, etc.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Emulation isn’t a strategy. At a certain point, your success depends on being able to create something nobody else has thought of, or execute better than your competition. Both scenarios mean you’re solving things for the first time, potentially without much of a roadmap.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Solicit and give feedback consistently. Whether you believe in 30% feedback or some other framework, you will miss opportunities to course correct by operating in a silo.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be focused on one thing at a time. I know being a generalist is the hot thing right now, but being able to own something start to finish is so much more valuable for a business, and earning that trust from your manager and peers will give you the opportunities to develop your generalist skills along the way.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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