Over the last few months, we have introduced you to various members of our Learning Evolution team. This month we bring you Jim Caleca, our Sales Director.
Jim is highly-motivated and results-driven. He thrives on challenges and is an excellent communicator and motivator which our sales team can attest to.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy working with very talented and capable colleagues who are helpful and function great as a team. As cliché as it may sound, any success we have is a group effort and the culture of Learning Evolution enables and empowers every member to play their part.
Trust builds confidence and respect in any team or group effort and this, I believe, is demonstrated consistently throughout Learning Evolution.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever heard?
A former boss, who was also a great mentor, once told me “Don’t invite trouble”.
The context in which he was referring was an earlier management meeting, during which I had brought up a topic that had not been fully fleshed out and resulted in questions being asked for which I did not have adequate answers and this did not sit well with others.
I learned a valuable lesson on being better prepared.While it is simple and perhaps obvious advice, not inviting trouble can be applied in many instances in our lives.
Often when we encounter trouble, whether our own or others, it is probably something that could have been avoided by listening more and speaking less.
Demonstrate patience and thoughtfulness, as opposed to impatience and inconsideration. Also … mind your own business!
What is the last book you read?
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. It traces the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in the late ’90s and how a rivalry between the FBI and CIA during the time period may have inadvertently set the path for the attacks of 9/11.
The author does a great job at laying out, in a captivating and very concise manner, the historical, cultural and geo-political events that culminated in 9/11, the effects of which are still felt today.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I would love to visit Greece and Israel.