Leadership Spotlight Q&A: Paul Solomon, Chief Financial Officer
Experience/ Leadership Philosophy
What is your leadership philosophy and how does that tie into treatment? I try to lead by example – work hard, collaboratively and in a respectful, ethical manner – and hope that it positively impacts the rest of the team. I’m also very much focused on providing appropriate autonomy to my team, providing specific targeted goals along with clear answers to: Why? When? I’ll leave the How to my colleagues to answer (unless they ask). An open door policy is “the rule.”
What is your own personal healing philosophy? I tend to exercise a lot as a means of stress reduction and to clear my head. Somewhat ironically, I find that working hard to get “ahead of the curve” also reduces stress.
Based on your experience, what will you focus on during the next year at Pinnacle Treatment Centers? Helping my Finance colleagues get the resources needed for them to succeed. This may not include more people or larger budgets, but instead a means of achieving our collective goals in a more efficient manner.
Tell us how you approach change. I tend to embrace change (“change is good” is one of my not-so-original mantras). I see it as largely positive and an intellectual challenge when channeled appropriately – i.e. not change for change’s sake, but instead purposeful change that benefits our employees and patients.
What does success look like in your position at Pinnacle Treatment Centers? Continuing to surround myself with a solid, hardworking and collaborative team that provides the necessary information that aids our company in successfully delivering the services our patients require.
How would you describe treatment in one word? Positive (and if a second word were asked: necessary)
In your opinion, what’s the biggest advancement in treatment right now? As a finance person, I will leave that to our outstanding clinical team.
What aspect do you believe is the most important in a person’s recovery? From my limited direct experience, I would say counseling and family support, both of which our hardworking clinical team can directly facilitate and provide.
Why is the treatment industry important to you? Although my family and friends have not been touched by the epidemic, the stories I’ve heard (those that we’ve all heard) are heart-breaking. Being able to be a part of a team that helps those in need (and their families) is gratifying on many levels.
What keeps you motivated? I’ve always been hardwired to work hard, but having spent the last 17 years in health services has made me ever-more focused on helping achieve the mission of the company – helping our patients.
What leader or leaders do you look up to and why? JFK. He was inspirational, aspirational, yet grounded in what could be achieved.
If you could work on solving one problem in the world, what one problem would it be? Finding a way that we can all begin to agree on our problems, how to solve them, and then do it! And from a prioritization perspective, why not start with an existential risk to our planet: global warming.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that isn’t on your resume? The love of my family, which includes our poodle, Marley.