Willis Cantey

Ever struggle to delegate? If you're in the corporate world then you probably know that delegation is key. It often seems much easier to do it yourself in the moment, but that’s the path to burnout and not developing your employees.

When you execute delegate well, it can save your time and let you begin to spend your effort and focus on higher value tasks.

Enter Willis Cantey the CEO of Cantey Tech Consulting, a regional IT solutions and consulting firm located in Charleston, South Carolina, nine-time winner of INC Magazine's 5000 America's Fastest Growing Companies Award, and named as the 2019 5th fastest growing small company in South Carolina by SC Biz News. His company also been recognized as Best Places To Work in SC.

He is also the founder of Cantey EDU, a student assessment technology company supporting school districts in 17 states.  

A graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee and the Masters of International Business Program at USC, Wills has worked in technology for more than 20 years and founded Cantey Tech Consulting in 2007.  

He recently partnered with LNC Partners, a private equity growth team in Virginia.  

Additionally, Willis is former Chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Historic Charleston Foundation Board of Trustees, and Chair-Elect of SC Independent Colleges and Universities

Willis' LinkedIn profile

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The greatest life hack of all time.
  • Why “Tech” is actually a people first industry.
  • Canty Tech’s approach to serving their clients.
  • What Willis learned serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce during the Pandemic.
  • How to delegate to elevate.
  • Why you must start with questions, NOT PowerPoint.
  • How to handle CEO stress.
  • How you build personal connections with a remote workforce.
  • The one trait he’d like to instill in every employee…. focus and organization.
  • Wild tales from offshore banking in the 90’s!
  • Three success strategies for every employee.
  • The best business tool - A koozie!

HIGHLIGHTS:

Advice Willis would give to his younger self:

  • Be patient.
  • Get outside of your comfort zone.

QUOTES:

“It’s not about our customers understanding us; it’s about us better understanding them.”

“Everybody’s busy, but everybody needs to give back.”

On building connection with a remote workforce “If you want to talk to one of your teammates, it needs to be on video.”

“More horse power doesn’t solve all problems.”

“Be patient and get out of your comfort zone.”

“Great ideas and good intentions are easy. Execution is hard.”

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