Kim Howell is the CEO of Tiny Mammoth Graphics. Kim is a thought leader, influencer, visionary, and successful entrepreneur. Kim provides the leadership and energy that has inspired the creation of Tiny Mammoth Graphics. Kim Howell joins other leading CEOs and Founders taking part in our Leader Roundtable Interview Series. The DotCom Magazine editorial team is delighted to have Kim join us for our Leader Roundtable Interview.
Kim, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to answer our questions about leadership, and entrepreneurship.
1. Kim, please tell us about Tiny Mammoth Graphics. What is the elevator pitch?
Tiny Mammoth is an Architectural Interiors company that helps businesses create a lasting impression with customers through our design consulting services. Our clients know that they want to create a space that is creative and represents the company well, but often struggle to see the vision as a reality. Environmental graphics are one way to make a good experience great, by introducing brand authenticity, meaning and purpose to a space. Our motto is “Imagine it. Print it.” because all big things start small.
2. What is the one thing that makes Tiny Mammoth Graphics great?
We try to connect with our clients to really hear and understand their story. By being a solution-based company, we can don’t see anything as a problem- only a challenge.
3. Please tell us what is the key to being a great entrepreneur?
Things happen and if you take it personally, it will crush you (emotionally and physically). One day can be the best day you’ve ever had and the next can be the worst. But that’s the exciting part, right?? Everyday is different and by taking risks, being flexible and always showing up, you can come out on top.
4. What is the best advice can you give to a young entrepreneur just starting out with a new venture?
Have a support system. Whether it’s a mentor or family member, it’s important to have someone that can listen and truly understand the struggles. Unless you have someone to bounce ideas off of, you will never get off the hamster wheel.
5. What is the one thing that you, as a person, want to be known for?
That’s a hard question, since we focus so much on teamwork and I am nothing without my team. My focus is solely being an industry expert, which we have proven we are.
6. When building a business, what is the one most important thing to keep in mind at all times?
Mistakes will be made, but it’s how you respond and resolve them that is the most important.
7. When hiring employees, what is the one most important thing you look for?
People that fill the loops and holes to be everything that you are not. Always hire people that are better and smarter than you. It’s a game changer. It’s not the experience we look for as much as someone’s attitude and drive to do more.
8. What is your “Why”? Why do you get up in the morning?
Mine is more of a personal reason, to prove to myself. So many people told me that I couldn’t or it wasn’t possible, that how can I not? Being a female in the print industry was an uphill struggle. Now we are small, but mighty.
9. What is the one thing that makes a great company?
The people in it.
10. What is the one thing that makes a great leader?
We address problems head-on and find solutions. Admitting fault and lifting up the team. Giving them all room to be themselves and coach them individually, not as a whole. I love hearing new ideas from the team and there isn’t anything we won’t try at least once.
Kim Howell, thank you so much for participating in the DotCom Magazine Leader Roundtable Interview Series. We appreciate you participating in this important roundtable interview series, and helping our readers learn more about what it takes to build a great company and become a great leader. We wish you, your family, and of course Tiny Mammoth Graphics, nothing but the best.