Paul Goodson is an experienced CEO, general manager, and board member, having worked over the last 20 years primarily with professional and trade organizations. He is currently engaged through his own company in providing executive leadership and management services for client organizations and consulting and advisory services to boards of directors, senior executives, and entrepreneurs.
Born in the Pickle Capital of the World, Mount Olive, NC, Goodson grew up in eastern North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University in electrical engineering with heavy exposure to computer science and have benefited from numerous leadership and management development programs. He has spent most of his career in the Research Triangle area. After several progressively responsible assignments in information technology management with Carolina Power & Light Company (now Duke Energy), Goodson made a career change with a new focus on association management. He has since served as the chief staff executive (e.g. CEO, Executive Director, President) for a number of professional and trade associations. He has also been an active volunteer within professional and community organizations and his church. He and his wife, Martha, have two daughters.
What benefits have you experienced as a result of your NCER membership?
North Carolina Executive Roundtable (NCER) has provided me a great forum for meeting and developing trusted relationships with C-level and other senior executives. Through my participation in the founding and continuing leadership of NCER, I have had a personally rewarding opportunity to stay engaged in activities that I enjoy and to share my experience and skills to help develop an organization that is making lasting contributions to our community.
What are the most important leadership lessons you have learned over the years?
The Golden Rule.
Establishing and clearly articulating the vision and objectives for any enterprise or undertaking with all team members is key to achieving excellence.
Engaging and recognizing the contributions of all team members provides the best opportunity for continued group success.
Success must not be measured purely in financial terms; we should all be pursuing the triple bottom line to achieve the best sustainable performance possible in terms of helping people, protecting our planet, and generating profit.
What have been some of the greatest influences on you throughout your career?
My faith, family, and friends are at the top of the list. Early involvement in church and scouting helped solidify my personal values. Engineering school helped me develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and perseverance. Finally, hearing of the experiences of many professional, business, and community leaders continues to influence my approach to work and life.