Get to Know the People Science Team: Chad Bennett
Title: People Science Senior Consultant
Residence: Lincoln, Nebraska (graduated a Husker).
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio (born a Buckeye).
If you were to talk to Chad Bennett’s mom, she would say he came out of the womb asking questions.
“She introduced me to the library and encyclopedias at an early age, which enabled me to find the answers to most of my questions,” he says. “That’s where my thirst for knowledge and learning began.”
It’s no surprise, then, that Chad pursued degrees in Survey Research and Methodology as well as Psychology. He has more than 20 years of experience consulting across industries and around the world. One of Chad’s specialties is helping Glint clients ask the right questions in an unbiased way so they can get the information they need to achieve a goal.
Learn more about Chad’s work and life:
What’s your motivation for doing what you do? Helping people live more fulfilled lives. I’ve had jobs in the past that made me miserable. I know what it feels like to dread going to work. We spend so much of our time at work that it is impossible to feel fulfilled if you hate what you do, the people you work with, or the organization itself. My motivation is simply ensuring that organizations are unleashing the potential for people to love coming to work every day.
Any career goals you’re working toward? I want to be a better, and more comfortable, public speaker. People are sometimes shocked to hear that I have an intense fear of public speaking (in fact, I led a program for many years that taught Special Olympic athletes how to give public speeches despite being uncomfortable with it myself). Fortunately, my fear is not debilitating, but it does hold me back from pursuing opportunities to do it more. That said, I feel there is an entertainer trapped within me that allows me to somehow enjoy it once I’m pushed out on stage.
What has been a big learning moment in your career? Straight out of college, I had to lead a kickoff meeting with my very first client, and I had a slide deck that I was going to present. I felt I was prepared for this meeting, but it turned out that I wasn’t. Why? Because the conversation went off script, and I was ill prepared to pivot from what I came into the meeting expecting to cover. I quickly learned that consulting isn’t about speaking to slides. It’s about understanding the client, their challenges, and what they are hoping to accomplish. It also taught me the importance of aligning expectations in advance of a meeting while also being nimble to change direction as the conversation evolves.
What’s your top tip? Love what you do, do what you love. I believe we are all masterpieces working to uncover our artistic beauty and qualities for the world to admire. The struggle for most of us is first identifying our unique talents, then relentlessly investing in them, and aligning them with the places and people that will enable us to shine bright. As I say in my song Masterpiece, “You gotta find your sellable abilities, oddities, and if you polish these, they’ll possibly become your lottery.” I truly believe that, and it’s what leads you to loving what you do and doing what you love.
What was your first job? Paper boy. I delivered newspapers in high school.
How many cups of coffee do you drink per day? Negative 9,999,999. I hate coffee.
What do you like to do outside of work? Outside of work I write and record music (but sometimes work and life merge). I’m not a musician (I don’t play any instruments), nor am I a singer (as anyone who has heard me try to carry a note can attest). But I am a poet at heart. I’ve written and professionally recorded over 50 hip hop songs in the last 10 years, mostly for personal pleasure. In fact, I recorded my very first song way back in 1992 and instantly fell in love with the creative process of writing and recording. Ironically, performing and sharing my music with the world hasn’t necessarily been the goal. I primarily love the creative outlet this provides me. However, I’ve gotten a lot of pressure from friends, family, and co-workers to share more of this talent with others, which is what I am currently trying to do. I go by the name Vivyd, which was given to me by one of my best friends who described my writing style as being just that: very vivid.
I also attempt to play golf in any remaining free time I have (emphasis on “attempt”).