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Without further ado, meet Scott Baran!
How long have you been at Agility?
My one-year anniversary was on November 1st!
What is your role and what team are you on at Agility?
I am the manager of enterprise sales. The enterprise account executives, business development representative, and the proposal writer roll on to me.
What is your favorite thing about working at Agility?
My favorite thing is my team. They make it extremely easy for me to do my job. I’m thankful for that.
What does a typical day in the life at Agility look like for you?
A day in the life is typically comprised of helping the team with active deals, finding better prospects or ways of doing things, and most importantly, making sure I’m available to my team.
Do you have any advice for new employees starting at Agility?
I think cliches are cliches for a reason. Put in the work. We didn’t make up best practices out of thin air or the numbers that tend to guide us towards being successful. We have lived, breathed, and done this for a long time, and we know our methods work.
What are some skills that you’ve gained working at Agility?
Since my team is so experienced, they are aware of many nuances, “ins and outs” and where to find certain materials. This has helped me learn the skill of being a better listener, and to ask for help instead of trying to figure things out for myself.
What is your favorite digital tool that you use at work?
Slack. Back to the importance of availability, having Slack on my phone and watch means that my team can reach me at any time.
What is your favorite work snack or beverage?
I have gallons of coffee a day and to snack—it’s a little weird—but I eat roasted garlic, just by itself. My wife hates me for it, but I enjoy it.
How do you stay connected to coworkers while remote?
We mostly use Slack and Zoom. I encourage people to text me all the time, and I try and not keep it all work. I think there’s a lot of easy connections to be made that go a long way. Instead of starting off a meeting with Pipeline, let’s talk about what fun things you did with your family this weekend. Connection is not just talking to people, but it’s understanding what they’re doing when they’re not working.
What is your favorite after work or weekend activity?
Playing with my five-year-old son. He is getting into sports now—he’s swimming and playing soccer. I’m usually on the field with him because they don’t really have coaches at this age, mostly parents that help. That keeps our weekends busy. I also like grilling and gardening in my backyard.
What is the best part of your day?
The best part of my personal life is when I pick my son up and he comes running over to me with his backpack with the biggest smile. Professionally, if we close a deal, that is always the highlight—but it doesn’t happen every day, unfortunately. I get meticulous about my reports and Salesforce. So, I feel satisfied when everything is double checked and completed for the day.