WHO IS JASON WARES?
Development consultant Jason Wares splits his time between the non-profit and for-profit worlds as Managing Director of North Carolina’s Community Nutrition Partnership, devoted to increasing access to fresh, local, affordable food, and Managing Director of Safe Water, a company that provides sanitation and disinfection solutions in a wide range of industries.
Wares has development experience on five continents as a strategic and financial management consultant for organizations including the Fair Labor Association, Global Education Partnership, CHF International and RTI International.
You can connect with Jason here:
IN TOR 016 YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
- Jason’s many businesses, the things they have in common, and his expected outcomes.
- Jason’s highly coordinated efforts and strategies to solve his business problems as well as the social mission of his businesses.
- The benefits of flying solo, primarily for execution and time management.
OUR CONVERSATION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Community Nutrition Partnership (CNP)
- University of Florida
- Fair Labor Association
- CHF International
- David Allen’s Getting Things Done
- Safe Water
- Food security
- Food deserts
- Business School
- Water and Sanitation
- Carrboro, NC
EPISODE CRIB NOTES
Involved in a Senegal project.
Also running Safe Water.
Also running CNP, ensuring food security to food deserts in NC.
Logistics, people management.
A place where people do not have access to fresh and nutritious food.
7,000 people live in food deserts in NC.
Grew up in FL, majored in Political Science at UFL.
Lawyer. “I knew that was the last thing on earth I wanted to do.“
Reached a professor, who recommended an entrepreneurship program at Thunderbird International Business School. He gets interested in international development management.
Clinton was cracking down on children’s sweatshops. Fair Labor Association.
Realization: “Human rights work is too hard.” Gets into administration of relief efforts: refugee camps in Darfur during genocide and Uzbekistan.
Gets into economic development, CHF International, 25 countries, broad set of subjects.
Realized about the value of teaching entrepreneurship.
But no single organization would offer a complete solution.
Jason goes solo, works on hunger, water, sanitation, business environment. Common theme: achieving goals in difficult environments.
On focus and career development
“I never heard of development throughout my education.“
Achieving goals is fun, even from a place of humility.
He was doing finance for an organization, motivated as he knew what he was part of.
“What drove me to business school was what drove me to development.” Keen eye for business perspective, more than political issues
“I’m a big believer in David Allen’s Getting Things Done.” A way to organize one’s mind, diminish stress, increase productivity and odds of success
There are hard deliverables, that’s the first order of business. Then, next actions, to be scheduled in the remaining week hours. Then, tasks according to energy level, locations.
He promotes GTD’s activities with new teams. “They’re trained up in it.“
Agile management compatible. Keep focus.
There must be room to fail.
“I am a blessed human being, standing on a very strong foundation. Success is imperative.“
His water business is a source of pride. But pitching to NY real estate billionaires was a spectacular failure. Great experience though.
“It’s all business strategy“
Not a difference between non and for profit other than source of funding, “as long as the ethics are there.” Lots of profitable businesses do a lot of good in the world
CNP is nonprofit designed to unload some of the costs out of low income consumers.
Time to get after it
Jason does not like to wait for approval to do what he wants.
“I understand people need structure, belong to an organization.“
“I wanted liberty to get after it internationally, or in North Carolina.”
“There does not seem to be a division between my personal and professional life.” He’s not keeping track of weekly hours.
“For things to happen, they must get on the calendar.“
He’s in a fitness group. f3nation.com
9 to 5 are gone. You can work all night, take a nap whenever.
Lot of business overlap, opportunities come left and right. “It can be uncomfortable, but people can deal with it.“
Remember the Milk.
Samsung Note II.
All into one inbox, three lists: Do Now, Do Later, Kill.
A paper inbox. “All about limiting the channels things can come in“
Contact list. It’s important to be in touch, especially with people whose work you actually care about. Sometimes events, direct outreach.
“Find the fundamental reason you want to do this. Be honest.“
“If you want to be your own person, do it.“
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