Episode 017

Adam Himoff

Adam Himoff is a creative entrepreneur that is deeply committed to building differentiated and innovative businesses.  He has a track record of successful entrepreneurism with his previous company being an equity investment firm to landing in the staffing and recruiting industry in present day.  He is the founder of Xemplar Workforce Solutions, based in Salt Lake City, UT, which focuses on high quality, skilled trades, technical, professional, clerical and light industrial personnel.

What is the difference between average and greatness?

Adam shares that people that achieve greatness put in consistent effort every single day.  They measure their effort and compare their performance to ensure they are improving.

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The Struggle is Real:

  • Adam struggled early on with always wanting people to be impressed with him and what he was doing.  He finally realized that he was living his life, and it didn't matter what others thought.  Surrounded by a great family, and expecting a child, he started to embrace the idea that his life should read like an exciting memoir.  Life, and business, is going to be messy and exciting or it wouldn't be worth reading.

Celebrate the Victories:

  • Adam is a believer that his victories build, like a snowball, so his most recent victory of gaining better understanding of the staffing industry was critical.  While he adopted a successful business model from his sister company, he has had to translate that to his market.  Through listening to his clients, and determining what his team can deliver, he has realized how to best serve his clients.

If I knew Then:

  • Adam shares that his biggest lesson that he wishes he knew when starting out is the power of having a board of advisors.  Adam has intentionally selected mentors that will tell him what he needs to hear to help him achieve greatness.

That ONE Thing:

  • The biggest thing that Adam encourages entrepreneurs to do is to find the balance between rigor with metrics and creativity.  He suggests identifying the metrics that matter to your business and monitor them on a regular basis to identify if you are improving.  He also encourages you to try new things.  Evaluate new ideas for serving your clients, and implement them in minimally risky ways so as not to risk the business.

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