Andrew Harding has been the VP of Products at Cumulus Networks for one and a half years. He was drawn to Cumulus by the opportunity to build a company that delivers open-source systems for modern datacenter networks, helping people by providing cloud IT infrastructure that is less expensive and less complicated. Andrew focuses on being a good steward for customers and employees and shareholders, measuring his impact by the impact the team and the company have on easing the build out of the networks that are driving the information economy.
As a manager, Andrew is focused on diversity of thought and approach: not every person uses the same process to deliver results, and results are what matters. He avoids defining a rigid procedure for accomplishing tasks, rather he reaches an agreement on the desired outcome, then puts it in the employees’ hands. According to Andrew, one of the largest mistakes people make is speaking in generalities when setting goals. Goals need to be agreed upon from the start, and they need to be concrete and measurable. He expects his reports to deliver consistently excellent results. Failure to keep commitments diminishes trust, and Andrew reacts with more focused, supportive task-level management. He wants team members to make promises and keep them. To succeed on the team, you must be sharp and action-based, and you must be mindful. Earnest consideration of actions (or lack of action) and how that will affect others is important to him. In the same vein, Andrew doesn't tolerate bullies; respect for each individual is fundamental to his management style. All employees should be treated with kindness, even when they have missed the mark.
Andrew enjoys fixing old things, classic cars and bikes and tools, and keeping them running, and he still does some weekend programming, mostly focused on passing a passion for building things on to others. Outside of his garage and home computer lab, he enjoys gardening, hiking, and mountain biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains.