Dan Watts

Creating a leadership vision isn’t just for the CEO. It’s for you too. Most people think that vision is only for CEOs or upper-level executives, but the truth is that everyone in an organization needs one.

It's like a road map that will help you get where you want to go in your career. It also outlines what you want your team to achieve both long-term and short-term. And believe me, you need one if you want to be successful.

In my interview with Dan Watts, Chief Operating Officer at Segra, you’ll discover the steps that you need to take in order to achieve your goals.

Headquartered in Charlotte NC, Segra is one of the largest fiber infrastructure providers in the U.S. delivering security, cloud, data, voice and connectivity services to commercial enterprise and carrier customers.

As COO, Dan leads Segra’s service delivery, network operations, security operations, customer service, outside plant and field operations organizations. Preceding his role as COO, Dan served as Segra’s Vice President of Product and Business Development with oversight for company-wide product strategy and business development.

Prior to joining Segra, Dan was President of TSAChoice, an IT managed service provider headquartered in Asheville, NC. He started his telecom career at SLEC/PAETEC/Windstream, where he served in a variety of positions in both operations and sales. Starting as an entry level technician, he now leverages his deep cross-functional experience to lead and scale technology companies in fast paced, high-growth environments. His focus on market strategy, product innovation and operational excellence combined with his passion for business, gives him unique insight into how organizations are shaped into industry leaders.

Dan is a veteran of the United States Army, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has an MBA from the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee.

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  • What Dan learned about leadership going to Boot Camp in High School.
  • The pivotal moment in his career that accelerated his job promotion.
  • Why hard work usually isn’t enough to move up.
  • Three steps to create a positive vision for your career.
  • A strategy to build a more inclusive workforce.
  • Why employee turnover can boost profitability.
  • The three kinds of employee turnover, and the kind you want to increase and two you don’t.
  • How to learn from failure and turn it into an opportunity.
  • His three go-to leadership books.
  • A work-out routine for leaders.


“In your career play chess not checkers”.



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