Geoff Quattromani has a standout summary on his LinkedIn profile: “My goal is to lead an IT department to be a trusted business partner by providing innovative solutions and technologies along with superior services that help organisations satisfy customers’ needs in a consistent manner.”
When you hear Johnson & Johnson, you might immediately think of baby powder and tear-free baby shampoo, but there are actually three major divisions: consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices/tech. Think joint replacement implants and the surrounding medical technology, and that’s where Geoff does his work. As the Digital Transformation Manager for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Technology division in Sydney, Geoff works toward his LinkedIn summary daily. I’ll talk with Geoff about his work at J&J, his side-hustle as a technology commentator for radio/tv/magazines, his podcast, “Technology Uncorked,” his family life, and more in this episode.
- Who is Geoff Quattromani, and what do you do at J&J?
- Geoff’s early days, Malta, and his path to J&J
- What is digital transformation, to you?
- Geoff’s work in a small four-person team leading the Asia Pacific Region
- Is it difficult to get your work done without any direct reports to delegate to?
- Can you give us an example of things not going well, and how you dealt with it?
- Simply having coffee with coworkers and colleagues (no work talk) is an invaluable way to build trust and relationships
- Some of your biggest challenges in the last 7 years at J&J?
- The difficulty of transforming from brochures and billboards to digital marketing
- What would you change if you had a magic wand?
- How is your work as a tech commentator different from your day job?
- The coolest tech things were a Tesla and lawn mowing robot
- Tech innovation vs. adoption
- Messaging/sound byte worries within the tech commentator space
- Geoff can say as much as he wants without limits on his podcast
- Tell us about your MIT courses in digital transformation
- Geoff explains what blockchain is, and what impact it can have in the future
- Geoff tells leaders the risks of not adapting to new tech when they resist
- What has had the greatest impact on your leadership journey?
- My key takeaways:
- Leaders lead through influence
- Leaders overcome imposter syndrome
- Leaders embrace technology