Location: Baltimore, MD
Years in role: 8
Years at company: 31
CTO IS&GS Federal Health
SPIRIT OF INNOVATION: “I find that enabling people is the best possible source of innovation,” says Eric Sharpsten, CTO IS&GS Federal Health at Lockheed Martin. In his view, this includes identifying individuals with talent and drive, establishing a vision to engage them, and identifying a path to completion that includes processes, tools and more. “The final part is providing leadership, guidance and advice. I have been truly amazed at how a perceived average employee will blossom into the top performer.”
FUN FACT: “I rode ambulance as an EMT in college and later expanded on this as a firefighter/EMT at a fire department in the suburbs of Syracuse, NY.”
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: “Our customer is heavily entrenched in older technologies, some of which have been highly successful, and some continuing their existence on hype,” says Sharpsten. “Our company has chosen to invest in our research and people to cherry-pick the best technologies and evolve the best practices” to solve customers’ problems.
ABOVE AND BEYOND: “We encourage our employees to build extensive networks both internal and external to the company to harvest new ideas” that can help address both customer and internal challenges, says Sharpsten. “Our processes allow us to objectively assess capabilities and narrow the field for selection of the best technologies.”