How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Scott Robertson from Zscaler.
Current gig: Vice-president for Asia Pacific and Japan at Zscaler
Current mobile device: iPhone 6
Current computer: MacBook Air
One word that best describes how you work: Frequently
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
Obviously phone and email but I also use many other communication tools like FaceTime, Skype, GoTo meeting and Whatsapp. These keep me connected no matter where I might be.
What social network do you find the most useful?
I’ve been a LinkedIn user for over 12 years and find it an excellent tool for sourcing candidates as well as staying connected with contacts and a source of news and information.
What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?
Humility. You face problems and challenges everyday and you’ll never know all the answers. It’s often how you approach a task or situation that will help to uncover the answers.
What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?
I think one of the more enjoyable aspects of any career is the connections you make with people along the way. I’ve had the fortune of working across many different countries and had the opportunity to learn the similarities and differences of conducting business in each. It’s not a one size fits all. The capacity to adapt to the environment and learn from the people around you will bode well as you grow and extend your reach.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Sadly, it’s probably something like typing quickly on a phone.
What’s your sleep routine like?
I aim for 7.5 hrs but can’t always maintain that goal. I enjoy a pretty active lifestyle with exercise and other health routines each day which help me sleep well at night.
What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?
You have to believe in what you do. If you can’t find a company or position that challenges you each day and excites you every morning when you wake then you’ll struggle to be successful. We often spend more time at work than we spend with our families so we should be very selective when it comes to choosing who we work with. Hire wisely, train well and support your teams for success.