Interview with Niko Gianopoulos, Founder and CEO of Sparta Consulting Group

In a recent interview, the founder of Sparta Consulting Group (Hollywood, FL), a former professional basketball player, shared his thoughts about business success, career transitions, and what he looks for in new employees. Check it out!

niko-gianopoulos-sparta-consulting-group-2How are sports and entrepreneurship related?

In my experience, success in sports and entrepreneurship are not based on seniority and they don’t require you to rely on the decisions of others. For the most part, you’re in control of your own destiny. You don’t have to rely on somebody else to tell you how much you’re worth because you create your own value and worth through hard work and determination. Although you are part of a team, both sports and entrepreneurship share these individualistic aspects in terms of advancement and success.

We hear that you worked in the restaurant industry before starting Sparta Consulting Group. When you retired from basketball, what was the transition from the professional sports industry to the restaurant industry like?

It was easier and monotonous. I went from being challenged constantly, regularly sharpening my skills, and hurdling new barriers every day to a more simple, cookie-cutter position that consisted more of going through the motions than anything. Of course, there were some systems and operations that I had to learn, but once I got them down it became easy and I certainly desired more of a constant challenge, which was fulfilled when I decided to start Sparta Consulting Group.

niko-gianopoulos-sparta-consulting-groupAs a leader, how does your sports mentality translate to the professional setting?

Applying a team-oriented dynamic to Sparta Consulting Group was something that I definitely learned from my experience playing basketball. You are only as strong as your weakest link. I’ve always lived by the motto that individuals win games and teams win championships. I translate that mentality to my employees in a corporate setting, which is what I think makes people successful in business.

What traits do you look for when hiring a new employee?

I look for candidates who have a strong will to learn and grow. At the end of the day, if you do not have a student mentality and a will to learn, then I can’t teach you anything. I like people who are looking to be challenged on a daily basis while being a highly contributing member of our cohesive team. Work ethic is also really important to me because, in my opinion, work ethic trumps talent any day of the week.

More from our Spartan leader to come!

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