Wow! Last week’s Monday was super-special! I know I sound overly-excited, but let me tell you what happened. In our Leadership class we had to read a case as a part of our homework. as always. The case was about a very successful transformation by an outstanding leader, whose name was Frank Blount. I read the case with my breath held – it was so interesting, complicated, full of important events, and, honestly, I was very impressed with Frank Blount.
On Monday last week I come to class… and guess who is there? Yes! Frank Blount!!!!! Frank Blount was a guest speaker in our PMBA Leadership class that day! I must say, no wonder people love him – he connected with the audience as soon as he started. He’s very easy-going, extremely smart and likes to share.
Frank shared with us his professional and some life experiences. Answered our questions in regards to the transformation he implemented in Australia – the one we read about in that homework-case. I’ve learned a lot, and was impressed! And also I got inspired by Frank’s stories.
Let me share with you some of the things I’ve learned and found very interesting.
Frank Blount is a native of Columbus, GA! Was admitted to GA Tech and became its top graduate at Intellectual Engineering. After graduation, he was looking at 2 employment opportunities: Bellsouth (AT&T) in Atlanta and another opportunity in Louisiana. He accepted the second option and moved to Louisiana with his bride at the time and now wife of 52 years 🙂 It was exactly the engineering job he was looking for, but it didn’t work out for his wife and their personal life….. In the meantime, Bellsouth really wanted Frank still and followed him to Louisiana. They found the church Frank was attending and sent one of their supervisors to build a relationship with Frank. 🙂 “When it was time for me to move, Bellsoith was there…” – Frank says. So, he took the opportunity with At&T and moved to Atlanta, GA.
Interestingly, Frank Blount got his MBA from Robinson College of Business in 1969, just like us 🙂 The only thing he pointed out about it was that they didn’t have such a nice and technologically-advance class-room back then 🙂
Speaking of his own professional success, Frank Blount emphasizes the role of his is curiosity, which enabled him to bring many important details to people’s attention.
At some point of his career at AT&T, Frank was presented with an idea of other opportunities…. He wasn’t exactly looking for a new job yet, but executive search firms were calling him all the time throughout the years. Usually, he would reject opportunities, but this time the firm was persistent……
The firm had spent 9 months talking with Frank on the phone about an opportunity to become a CEO of Telstra Corporation Limited in Australia He was offered everything he wanted, including a first-class flight home every so often. In 11 months he decided to take the job, but didnt know how to tell his wife…… During their many years of marriage she moved 17 times with him. To this move she, unfortunately, said no… That was in October, but by Decemeber she said yes! 🙂 …………..
Interesting? I have more to share and more pictured for you, but that’s for next time 🙂 Check back on Saturday!
p.s.: BTW, if you’re interested in Frank’s leadership-adventures in Australia, he co-authored a book with Bob Joss, the Dean of Stanford’s Business School, entitled “Managing in Australia”. You will be very impressed, if read it about the time he worked as the Director and CEO of Telstra Corporation Limited in Australia.