Name: Fred Spadaccino
University: BA Psychology, Quinnipiac University; MA Industrial Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven
Business Unit: Human Resources
Office location: Stamford, CT
Why do you like working at Gartner?
The people, specifically the leadership, collaboration, and constant learning from others. Gartner certainly has some of the best and the brightest talent. Interacting with many of these key leaders’ offers an opportunity to observe best practices in action and refine my own leadership style based on the approach of others. Partnering with a strategic group of Sales leaders who are proactive, open-minded, and know their business better than anyone offers an unlimited opportunity to learn and grow.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out in your role?
To be an effective business partner, it is imperative to know … well … the business. This includes understanding what keeps my leaders up at night, what problems will we face two years from now, and how to just get better are all key to understand. It is important to highlight that the answers to these questions may not be people/HR related. Being a business partner means much more than being a HR partner. If it’s a key priority to my business leader, it’s a key priority for me.
What part of your job do you enjoy most?
No day is the same! With the rapid growth Gartner is experiencing, every day offers unlimited opportunity to get engaged in various project teams and problem solving sessions. The challenges we face continue to evolve, which means we need to evolve as well.
- Share a hobby you have or some fun fact about you:
Family is so important to me and some of my favorite family memories involve sports. I remember at a young age watching New York Mets games with my father and grandfather. They would doze off around the sixth inning, waking up in time for the ninth inning to watch what would hopefully be a win. Not only do I love watching sports on TV and in-person, but I also really enjoy physical exercise. Doesn’t matter what…playing basketball, working out, CrossFit, golf … I love it all!
I was leaving the gym recently and saw a saying that really resonated with me. It’s less of a quote and more of a state of mind. “Decide. Commit. Succeed.” If you consider any situation — personal or professional — overcoming roadblocks starts with YOU. That decision and commitment ultimately will positively impact your success.