Leadership and service: Two sides of the same coin for Columbia Gas’ Dan Creekmur

And it’s important to remember that need, even though the city is doing great things.
“It’s really easy to get in your car in your garage in Dublin, drive down to the office, park in the parking garage there, walk into your office, drink your coffee, sit in a climate-controlled nice office and miss everything in between,” Creekmur says.
To encourage service, all business leaders have to do is connect the dots — give employees permission and offer opportunity.
“What we’ve seen from our associates and our executives is as soon as you ask and open that door, they don’t think about it, they run through it,” he says.
It not only gives them an understanding about the community, it also helps them count their blessings for what they have, including a good paycheck and stable job.

Moving up

Creekmur says business professionals who want to take advantage of opportunities can follow the mantra he did:

  • Do your job well — moving up means mastering each role before going to the next opportunity.
  • Volunteer — whatever your organization does and champions, raise your hand and volunteer, even if it’s within its walls.
  • Build a network.

It’s also important to share your aspirations in order to put yourself in a new light and be part of the conversation.

Lawyers and business

Creekmur feels his legal background helped make him what he is today. It trained him to think differently, while making him organized and productive.
“They say a good attorney will take a complex problem and make it simple. A bad attorney will take a simple problem and make it complex,” he says. “So, that’s what you can bring with you to the business world.
“You can take large amounts of data and information — [and] filter out the facts, filter out the noise, use issue spotting, for instance, to make better decisions, to use better judgment.”