Diane Bloodworth,
Diane is the CEO and founder of Competitive Sports Analysis, LLC. (CSA), a company that provides highly accurate predictive data analysis for sports. She was also the founder of another company, BIT, in 2003 and has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry.

1.     What do you think are the most important qualities for a successful leader to possess?

I think that to be a successful leader you really have to know to what you are good at and excel in that area. Being able to recognize other peoples’ strengths and weaknesses and adjusting accordingly contributes to running a successful organization.  

2.     Can you describe your typical day as a CEO?

Since this is a young company, during the day I’m trying to raise awareness, get press releases out and keep an eye on the newsletter, blogs, and twitter. In the future I think I will be able to think more strategically but since the company is new, I am working on all the little things.

3.     How do you foster innovation in your company?

With a small company it’s easier to foster innovation.  People can throw out ideas and even we don’t have time or the resources at the moment, we will slate the idea for later. The best ideas always come from the team. When they see their idea implemented that gives them the encouragement to keep moving forward. Seeing it in action, that’s what fosters innovation and motivates the employees.

4.     How do you manage your work-life balance?

It’s a challenge; there was a point in my life when it was all work. Now I have to find a way back to having balance. We make choices with our time everyday so I feel that if one week I am overloaded, the next week I will try and take some time for myself.

5.     What changes do you see in the next 5-10 years for business owners and entrepreneurs?

It is a great environment now, and people are realizing the role small business. With the dynamics of social media today, small businesses have the ability to reach every consumer and grow at a much faster rate. You still have to work to build your following but the possibilities are endless now.



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