Open communication, compassion, flexibility, and empathy have helped me support others who experienced uncertainty and anxiety. This has been true in my personal as well as my work families. Helping others focus on the long-term trajectory versus getting caught up in the short-term news cycle is also helpful. As is reaching out to people — prioritizing people above everything else — and being flexible enough to make changes so others feel less lonely. If we approach people with authentic empathy and understanding, we can mitigate a lot of stress and anxiety.
As part of my series about the “How Business Leaders Plan To Rebuild In The Post COVID Economy”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tim Palmquist, VP of Americas, Milestone Systems.
Tim Palmquist has 28 years of experience in the technology industry. This spawned perspectives that range across IT and include IP video from the early adopter days through today. He joined Milestone in 2007 and has supported and navigated the growth of Milestone through several sales, operations and leadership roles in the Americas region. He was promoted to Vice President, Americas, in 2012. Tim is passionate about driving the opportunities of the open platform business model, believing that customers are best served by the innovations of a partner community working in cooperation together.
Thank you so much for your time! I know that you are a very busy person. Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?
Igrew up on a farm in Kansas where, among other things, I learned how to work (like, really work with my hands) and I learned how to successfully build things. It is this passion for building things that continues to fuel me to this day. I have helped build businesses, teams, and culture. I find that building structures with wood or steel or moving dirt with a tractor — and working together with a group of people to achieve this — is a tremendous creative outlet. I later used these early life experiences as the foundation to build a flourishing business and understand how to work well with people. The lessons that I learned early on from working on a farm provided me with a firm foundation to build my future life and career upon.
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