Biography - Adam W. Frisch
My lessons in life started as a young boy where I was taught to respect those older than me. To say please and thank you with sincerity. To be grateful for all the things I was given because when you have nothing or very little, to be
given something from someone else meant a lot and was to be received with grace and humilty. I was taught to be kind to those around me and help where I could without seeking reward or recognition.
Through trial and error early on in life, I was exposed to some of the worst bosses I thought I could find. These folks
taught me early in my life, how NOT to treat others and I vowed that if I ever had the opportunity to be in a positon of leadership; I would not replicate their mistakes to others. Those were the best lessons I learned....all that followed just helped me perfect the leadership skills I would use each day.
My next career took me to the world of fast food where I became a manager within A&W Food Services of Canada. As you can imagine, going from a military career to fast food was a bit of a culture shock. This is where I discovered that a leader needs to be able to relate to those who are starting their first job, or those who are coming back to work part time and may be older.
There is no set style of leadership for everyone. Each person needs to be looked at separately and inspired to improve in their own way. What works for a 15 year old, may not work as well with a 55 year old but at the end of the day, a team is formed and one common goal is always achieved. I was fortunate to work with A&W from 1988 to 1997 in various capacities.
The AOM methodology consists of leadership training, management processes, and a capacity planning tool that allow leaders to forecast, plan, control and review workload needs against available resources.
In 2009, I joined Active Operations Management North America where I have continued to help managers become better leaders and in the process help their staff realize better career opportunities within their respective companies and improve overall productivity. Helping people become better leaders is an amazing experience.
Since 2005 I traveled throughout Canada, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Belgium, India, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana successfully implementing this methodology.
I have had the privilege of working with some of the smartest people throughout my life. The lessons I learned from each one of them has helped me understand what it means to be a leader.
This knowledge has helped me not only in my professional career but most importantly, in my private life where I can continue to grow.
My first career was with the Canadian Armed Forces, from May 1977 to November 1988. I was privileged to serve in some fascinating places after Basic Training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (Picture on left is during Basic Training).
Canadian Forces Station Masset - 1977 - 1979
National Defence Headquarters - Ottawa - 1979 - 1982
NATO HQ/Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic HQ -Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 1982 - 1985
Canadian Forces Base Calgary - 1st Canadian Brigade Group HQ & Signal Sqadron - 1985 - 1987
United Nations Disengagment Observer Force Headquartes - Damasus, Syria - Jun - Dec 1986
Canadian Forces Base Calgary - 1st Canadian Brigade Group HQ - 1987 - 1988
Believing that it is always important to reinvent oneself to continue to grow; my sights then turned to IT. In 1997 I went back to school and got my Systems Engineer Certification from Microsoft. I joined SHL Systemhouse on the Help Desk. Gaining experience in the new career afforded me the opportunity to once again put my leadership skills to work by becoming a people leader within that organization. SHL Systemhouse later became Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and then HP. I worked in various departments and roles from 1997 - 2009.
Within my time at EDS (2005 - 2009), I became involved with the implementation of Active Operations Management (AOM), which is a management philosophy that encourages working smarter rather than harder so that operations can be proactively controlled.
I have also been active within my condo community by participating on the Stonecroft at Evergreen Board of Directors since May, 2008. I have been President of the BOD since 2010 where, through effective leadership our Board has been able to maintain some of the lowest condo fees within the Evergreen area while still providing the services required by our community.
In addition to this, we have ended our last year with a budget surplus where we were able to add more monies into our Reserve Fund and did not raise the Condo Fees at all. Not many condo boards can say that, so we are proud of our accomplishments. It is also this type of fiscal responsibility that I intend to bring to Council once elected.
My leadership skills have also been essential in my efforts to help raise awareness around domestic violence issues. I invite you to visit the Never Give Up page to learn more about this important issue and how my organization is making a difference.