Carrie Majewski is fortunate to live her passion every day as Trilix’s storyteller, developing and building our corporate brand; however, Trilix is even more fortunate to have her in this role. It is not often you meet someone who has as much energy, spirit and passion as Carrie with commitment to raising awareness as a next-gen leader.
I am thrilled that I was able to spend some time with Carrie and had the opportunity to learn about her favorite leadership principle, Trilix’s continued focus on workplace excellence and most of all her Italian adventures… Salute!
As Principal of Marketing, you have the pleasure of building the Trilix brand from inception. Tell us a little bit about how you are doing this and why you enjoy it.
I am a storyteller at heart. I remember being four-years-old, coming home from a day at Kindergarten and my parents saying, “Tell us about your day.” To me, this was a very important task. My recount of the day was extensive and rife with detail—from the books we read to why I didn’t understand the purpose of nap time to, of course, the highlight of the day, snack time! My poor parents and sisters got used to dinner conversations being largely centered around their little Chatty Cathy.
As a marketer, I have the opportunity every single day to shape, tell and color the Trilix story. From our inception, I have placed great importance on crafting a Trilix story that is larger than just what we do; rather, it’s about why we do it. At Trilix, the what we do is help clients innovate through custom application development, business process improvement and systems integration, among other areas. The why we do it is to help our clients reach a heightened level of workplace excellence. It is our belief that when you fuse together the unique strengths of both sound operations and vibrant culture, you reach an X-factor level of success.
Every single marketing step we take forward—from the blogs we write to the events we hold—is measured against that workplace excellence backdrop. Every step forward we take has to add a meaningful chapter to our corporate tale. At the end of the day, we feel we have a powerful story to tell. It is my job to make sure that story is impactful and purposeful.
As one of the executive members of the Trilix, what made you say yes?
I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. Very early in my career I had the opportunity to build from the ground up a content marketing division for a 40-plus year media company. It was three of the most rewarding years of my life and taught me a great deal about the components needed to be successful when starting something new. To be an entrepreneur is to be able to dream BIG, have unwavering grit, remain flexible and nimble, and understand the gift of vision. My entrepreneurial fire was stoked immediately. And, since then, I have always chosen careers that add sparks to this fire.
For me, being an executive member of team Trilix was a natural next step. There is nothing more exhilarating and rewarding than being part of something from the beginning—seeing the seedlings of an idea turn into a fledgling business to then morph into a powerhouse entity. We are early in our journey and already we are seeing the momentum build and our impact beginning. To be a part of every step—from the incubation to the crawling to the soaring—is something for which I am very grateful. It is humbling to be a part of something so magical, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
One of your responsibilities is to spread our message to existing clients. You have three sentences to explain what we do… go!
Here at Trilix, we are committed to empowering our clients to reach a heightened level of workplace excellence, the point at which sound operations and vibrant culture fuse together to help and organization reach its intended goals. Whether our clients are looking to build a custom application or integrate disparate systems, we help our clients harness the power of people, process and technology.
Phew, did it in two!
Trilix has been building marketing and sales activities around the purpose of helping companies reach workplace excellence. Most recently, we launched a blog series profiling excellent business leaders and we just relaunched our website which will now serve as a hub for this conversation. What can we expect in 2018?
We just began to scratch the surface on this important topic in 2017; in 2018, we are going to double down on our pursuit. This will kick-off with an early spring event, centered upon educating business leaders about the potential blind spots that can exist surrounding operations. This year, we are also offering Continuous Learning Workshops for existing and potential clients. This means companies can tap us to come into their business to teach on a number of topics from exploring the importance of workplace excellence to implementing Scrum to successfully engaging the Business Analyst.
At the end of the day, we are looking to bring a heightened level of awareness to business leaders about the importance of operations—everything from how to identify and combat organizational waste to how to use technology to innovate. With this awareness, business transformation can accelerate.
What is your favorite leadership principle?
It has to be Stephen Covey’s scarcity vs. abundance model. Effective leaders subscribe to an abundance mindset, a fierce belief that there is more than enough pie to go around. These leaders believe that they alone are responsible for their own success and that there are endless possibilities for us all to succeed. Conversely, those with a scarcity mindset compete for available resources. These are the people who have a very hard time giving credit to others, authentically sharing and empowering others.
When I started out in my career, I think I operated more out of a scarcity mindset, probably largely because an accelerated career at a young age left me feeling like I always had to “defend” how I got there. Over the past five years, I’ve really settled into my career, understanding both my strengths and my blind spots. And with it, my abundance mindset—which I believe was lying dormant for years—has finally come out.
Today, I truly believe there is an endless amount of pizza pies coming out of the oven. I have realized that no one is your competition. You are the only one who can hold yourself back from reaching your dreams. I hope we see a future business world that challenges the scarcity mentality more aggressively so that we can all enjoy the pizza!
You like to travel, what would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I lived in Florence, Italy, for six months when I was in college and had the amazing opportunity to travel all over Italy at the time. Though I have been before, sign me up for an Italian adventure. It would begin in Rome with a must-stop for pizza at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali after a visit to the Colosseum. Then, I would take the train to Florence and visit with my host family; I can already taste the amazing homecooked meal! Finally, I am stopping at the Chianti Classico wine region and going wine tasting. If time allows, I may also head to the Amalfi Coast for some breathtaking hiking. Oh, and I am eating a TON of gelato along the way!
What’s the best single day on the calendar and why?
November 1. As many of my coworkers know, fall is my favorite season. I wait all year round for the cool tinge of the autumn breeze and the dazzling New England foliage to arrive. November 1 always signifies my favorite things ahead—my birthday on November 5, Thanksgiving, the holidays, New Years. I also know I have a solid five months ahead of cozy sweaters, comfy boots and hot chocolate.
If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?
West Virginia. There is not a chance I would remember West Virginia on a geography quiz.
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