Episode 269 - Lessons Learned from Mark Holland CEO and Chairman of Ascend Staffing
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Being true to character is one of the most rewarding principles of highly successful leaders. While honesty and integrity might lead to sometimes recognizing a mistake and eventually losing a client, at the end of the day, the other side of the coin brings you the fulfilling feeling of having done the right thing. There’s nothing like looking your spouse in the eye and letting them know you are doing your best at being honest and ethical, regardless of the consequences.  


Today's guest is Mark Holland, CEO and Chairman of Ascend Staffing, one of the largest light industrial and non-clinical hospital staffing companies in the US, and among the world's largest. He founded Ascend HR Solutions in 1995, and five years later, the company was listed #17 in Inc. Magazine's 500 list, and has been included in the Utah 100 nine out of ten years in a row. Mark served as Vice-Chair of the Utah State University Board of Trustees; he also received the highest award given from the Huntsman School of Business in 2018, the Distinguished Executive Alumnus award. He served as a Board Member for the Children's Center, Single Moms’ Foundation, and he is an active member of his community and the church where he resides.  


In this episode, we talked about the power of networking and how easy it is to take a step in the wrong direction when we are not surrounded by like-minded people. He shared some of the key lessons he learned throughout his extensive career and what it means to have integrity and be true to ourselves in our professional lives.  


If you want to know more about taking educated risks and being willing to fail, tune in to Episode 269 of Becoming Your Best and listen to Mark's masterclass on leadership, honesty, and integrity.  


Some Questions Asked: 

  • What are the things that bring you the greatest happiness in life? (3:35) 
  • What are some of the critical lessons learned that you've had that have helped you and your business be successful? (4:26) 
  • How can you be true to your own character, and how can you stand up for what you believe? (8:55) 
  • How can our listeners create a forum of friends that are sounding boards? And what's the value of that from your point of view? (13:03) 
  • I know that your clients are really loyal to you, and you have a close relationship. What makes that work? (17:49) 
  • What are two or three of your biggest lessons learned in life? And what experiences taught you those lessons? (21:58) 


In This Episode, You Will Learn: 

  • The power of networking and associating with the right people (4:50) 
  • Taking educated risks and being willing to fail (7:14) 
  • Doing the right thing and letting the consequences follow (10:12) 
  • The value of standing up for what we believe (11:03) 
  • The perks of having a family-oriented company (16:10) 
  • The importance of ensuring everyone has a voice that it is heard (20:10) 


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