The “why” behind the “what” is where you get your passion
Ask Zak Bradshaw why he gets out of bed every morning and he won’t tell you it’s for a cup of coffee or just to make a dollar. His clear sense of purpose, derived from his faith, his family and his time as a Marine, shows up in everything he does both personally and professionally. Marked by authenticity, trust and humility, Zak’s value-driven leadership style guides and shapes the organizational priorities, culture and vision of Viridian’s Compliance Department.
“I am constantly looking for a better way to do things.” Zak believes the best way to increase department efficiency is to develop and standardize simple and repeatable processes. He partnered with Viridian’s Curriculum Manager to update and restructure the training syllabus based on common-sense approaches that can be easily learned and replicated. As much as he enjoys developing new and streamlined systems, he is equally enthusiastic about developing his team. He challenges them to reflect upon the purpose behind each process (the why behind the what), which leads to increased personal performance, a better understanding of their value and contribution to others, and actions that are motivated by meaning.
Zak holds an Associates of Applied Science degree in Intelligence Operations from Cochise College in Sierra Vista, AZ; a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Intelligence Studies from The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ; and is currently working on his Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Organizational Health from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS. He spent four years as an active duty Marine in the Intelligence Community and afterwards served as an instructor of intelligence analysis for federal law enforcement and the Department of Defense. In addition, Zak volunteered and worked on staff at various churches and led a 250-person adult small group ministry in Arizona.
Although he brings over a decade of experience to Viridian; he claims that, throughout his life and career, it was his lack of experience in various situations that drove him to exceed expectations, go over and above what was required of him, and ultimately become the leader he is today. This drive to succeed in unfamiliar areas is especially handy when it comes to raising four girls with his wife Lynn. Dance parties, game nights and even the occasional tea party with his girls not only keeps this avid outdoorsman on his toes, but more importantly, keeps him crystal clear about his own “why” behind the “what.”