10.5 QUESTIONS WITH Greg Dagley
1. The elevator just closed and you've got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants. Go..
I’m the industry’s leading authority on all things benefits. If he/she buys that, I’ll know I have a reader that’ll be easily impressed.
2. Now for the mundane - break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living.
I’m a benefits consultant for a large multinational employer in Houston, TX. While my company has employees all over the globe, my job keeps me focused on US benefits. I spend a lot of my time managing external vendors, but I've also been working with an internal team for the last 1 ½ years to implement a new HRIS.
3. One more question that everyone expects. What's the reason you're in this game? (why do you do what you do?)
I Forrest Gump’ed my way in to this business. I started off as a technology analyst for an HR outsourcing company and gradually grew into project management roles. Eventually, I met a benefits manager willing to take a chance on me that hired me as an in-house benefits consultant. I love working in corporate benefits, because I see firsthand the fruits of my labor. Conversely, I loath the time it sometimes takes to get things done. All in all, the pros outweigh the cons (by a lot).
4. If you've ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate. If we ever have a convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?
Mama Said Knock You Out (L.L. Cool J). Who wouldn’t want that to be their theme song?
5. Let's stick with the baseball theme. If you've ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn't get to pick their own music. The home team picks that for them, and it's usually less than stellar as a means of attempting to crush them. If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?
Rhinestone Cowboy (Glenn Campbell). No one would look or feel like a champ if that was their theme song.
6. Finish the following sentence - "When I'm talking to someone about benefits, I can tell they have no clue what I'm talking about because ____________..."
…they agree with what I’m saying and have no follow up questions.
7. Name the actor/actress that will portray you in the movie about you. Why the heck is that a fit?
Brad Pitt. We look alike.
8. List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership...
I’m finishing up b-school, so my list is a bit slanted toward books with an economic focus:
-The World is Flat (Friedman)
-The Next Great Globalization (Mishkin)
-The Deming Management Method (Walton) – An oldie but a goodie
9. List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn't like to read...
-Fight Club – It’s not about the fighting
-Gladiator – Russel Crowe is a man’s man in this flick
-Real Genius – Maybe Val Kilmer’s first movie – totally 80’s
10. Let's reach out to what remains of our readership. Who's your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?
L.L. Cool J, of course.
10.5. My first car was a <blank> and here's how it defined who I am....
1988 Hyundai Excel. Geez – I hope that piece of junk didn’t define me.