5 Minutes with Seth Steinmetz, Business Intelligence Consultant

By Greencastle Consulting

In this edition of ‘5 Minutes With…’ we’re learning all about Seth Steinmetz.  

Seth joined Greencastle as a Fellow in the Stronghold Leadership Internship program before taking on his current role as a Business Intelligence Consultant. In addition to his time at Greencastle, Seth has spent 10+ years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  
Keep reading to hear how this early bird goes about setting the standard in his family and community.  

If you had unlimited money to start your own business, what would it be? 

If I had unlimited money, my business would consist of buying and restoring buildings and seeking out up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are motivated to learn and grow their own stories. I am in no way an expert in this, but I love learning and this would allow me to learn from many people who are potentially passionate and an expert on one thing. 

Would you rather- sleep in on the weekend or get up early and get stuff done? 

Wake early! When I was younger, I couldn’t wait to wake up each morning, often waking at dawn before any of my five other siblings. Now, I take any sleep opportunity presented. Those opportunities are minimal. 18+ years in the service has done a number on my sleep patterns, which is what I assign half of waking up early to. The second half though, I would not trade for 1000 sleep hours. I do my very best to spend as much time with my family. Being in Business Analytics (BA) I focus on the data and what story I best paint for the client. I use the same mentality at home. My consulting background is complemented by a background in political science, primarily focusing on community and family engagements. I once read a periodic Journal about the importance a father’s role plays in the upbringing and growth of children. If your kids attend public school, they will spend 17k hours away from you from kindergarten to the end of their senior year in school. If you are the age of 36, you have on average 18k days to live and make an impact. Overindulging in sleep becomes a distraction from making an impact and mentoring your kids and the world around you. I will wake up early. 

What did you want to be when you were 5, 10, 20 years old? 

When I was five, I thought the best job anyone could be was a garbage man. (I secretly still admire the job). I wanted to be one so much that I begged my parents for Christmas for two small trash cans to pretend I was a garbage man in the backyard. I would set the cans out and then pick them up for hours. I could say it was the work ethic I admired, the waking early part, or serving others, but it was probably at 5 the excitement of tossing something around and riding on the back of a truck. 

At 10, I dreamed of beating Shaq 1 v 1 by 18. At 10, I was taller than most and by 12 I had reached 6ft. Basketball is the sport I know best. I use it often in mentoring teens and young adults. Each position in basketball is unique, a craft really, but without the other positions you are weak, disorganized, and overwhelmed. I learned to appreciate the talents of others which in turn bolstered my talents and the overall success during the game. In sports, like in BA, the background work, drills, communication, and practice, are what make the dream work. 

At 20 and currently, I am still looking for what I want to be when I grow up.  What I do know is, I will always look for ways to mentor, improve, and support all those around me. President Reagan once said, “No force on Earth can stop individuals from achieving great goals when they have the will and heart to pull together and work together”. Whatever I do when I grow up, I want to make sure I put my heart into it. 

What are you most proud of from the past year? 

The past year was a whirlwind of accomplishing milestones. I learned once that focusing on little goals achieves many goals. This past year I started a community engagement program for teens and young adults. It is the most challenging and rewarding opportunity I have had yet. The program has met many failures and has found many successes. We practice failing forward, coaching teens to see the wins in failures as learning opportunities to grow from. The organization was able to organize and partner with local businesses in the area for a holiday bingo event. We raised $1800 and paid off the entire student lunch debt in the school district. 

What podcasts or books are you into right now? 

I am currently reading “Getting Naked” by Patrick Lencioni. I knew it was a Greencastle favorite, and I can see why. Philosophies and insights are tools that should underpin us as consultants and community servants. I am also reading The Juggling Act by Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of Intel. If you’re looking for a blueprint for balancing faith, family, and work, look no further. I also listen to the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. 

What qualities did the leader who made the most impact on you have? Do you try to emulate these in your leadership? 

To pin down one leader who made the most impact on me is hard, if not impossible to do. Learning and growing never ends. The qualities I have mentored come from a portfolio of leaders. I do my best to incorporate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and determination. These qualities make up a code of ethics that I do my very best to incorporate into my everyday life.