But for Jacobs, he said his 8-year-and-counting TekVenture project has been one of the most exciting projects so far. As TekVenture continues to grow, Jacobs reflects back on his career.
As we celebrate Presidents' Day this month, Feb. 17, we sat down to talk with Jacobs about leaderships skills, inspirations, career and life.
Thomas Jefferson was one of our most creative leaders. A true Renaissance man, he was an architect, designer and inventor. He encouraged inventions and entrepreneurship in the new United States. He was a statesman with the charm, knowledge and mastery required to win over Europe to the support of the fledgling US at a time when European powers were much greater than the US. He was an experienced botanist and agrarian as well understanding the value of the earth and farming in sustaining the new nation. His energy and creativity are those traits that inspire me.
Shakespeare says thru Brutus in Julius Caesar;
"There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the flood
Leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat
And we must take the current when it serves
Or lose our ventures."
Hang on and keep going. It takes "at least an hour" to create a masterpiece.
I am a very low-key leader. I prefer to facilitate interactions among people out of which come ideas, actions, forward motion and results. I am an idea person who likes to share ideas with those who commit to refining and making those ideas work. I also like to create opportunities and operating environments in which the creative thinking and activity of people is facilitated and amplified.
It is too easy to go through the motions of "being creative" without understanding the often circuitous, contrary and sometimes painful process of bringing ideas to fruition.
More InformationGreg Jacobs
Agency: President at TekVenture
Education: Bachelors degree in architecture from Washington University. Studied industrial design for a year at the Central School of Art and Design in London. Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
Learn more about Jacobs and TekVenture at TekVenture.org