Barry Angeline is an executive consultant with a focus on process improvement, complex system modeling, and risk analysis. He is the current owner and principal consultant of Cyberricade, a company that offers a number of consultancy services especially those related to federal emergency management. Among his key projects at Cyberricade include: Using lean six sigma during the Puerto Rico disaster recovery, and creating training modules. Before launching Cyberricade, Angeline had built his experience within different government agencies. Among them are the Environmental Protection Agency where he used lean proces improvement to ensure implementation of the toxic substance control act. He also worked at the Office of the Personnel Management National Background Investigation Bereau, where he helped identify and prioritize projects and cut on the backlog at over 600k security clearances. Angeline also grew his experience working with the U.S military. He was with the US Marine Corps and helped streamline logistics. He also worked as a Led Six Sigma Deployment, where he helped the military with belt certification, and aligning PEO-wide strategy. Angeline also offered his services to some of the largest tech corporations in the world including Tremco Inc (U.S), BF Goodrich, General Electric, Merrill Lynch and Sun Microsystems. In all these organizations, he proved himself as a Six Sigma Master Belt. Angeline’s prowess in six sigma is also notable in the many patents he has under his belt. Since he started Cyberricade, Angeline has had seven patents assigned to the company. Angeline credits his success to experience, and a strong education background. He has a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt Certification, a Master of Science degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, MBA awarded with distinction, Strategic Management Award, Mensa from the Manchester Business School, and made it to the Dean’s High Honor List in Internal Marketing from the International University of Japan.
Where did the idea for Cybberricade come from?
I always loved playing around with chemicals while young, and I knew that I was destined for a career in the sciences. Overall, my creative spirit has been a constant inspiration throughout my life, inspiring me to try new things while also motivating me to take risks that others might not be willing or able to take. It is this spirit of creativity that has enabled me not only succeed but thrive in whatever endeavor I am pursuing at any given point in time; whether it’s an academic venture or a career move or simply just trying something new.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
As a business consultant, my days are typically spent meeting with clients, researching industry trends, and developing strategies to help companies improve the efficiency of their processes. Every morning, I begin my day by meeting with one or more clients to discuss not only their current challenges, but also their goals for the future. Once I have a thorough understanding of the client’s needs and expectations, I dive into developing customized solutions that specifically address their unique goals and opportunities. This often involves careful research of industry resources, market data analysis, and brainstorming sessions with my team to generate innovative ideas for addressing our clients’ challenges. Finally, once I have a solid plan in place, I present it to my client in a clear, concise way so that they fully understand the actions they need to take in order to achieve the results they want. Throughout my day, I like to take regular breaks in order to let fresh ideas flow and recharge my energy levels. By investing this time up front and being organized and strategic about my work throughout the day, I am able to be highly productive while helping companies achieve real results.
How do you bring ideas to life?
When I have an idea, I approach it with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of skepticism. I believe that the key to success is in doing thorough research and gathering as much information as possible about the idea. This often involves consulting with experts in the field, reading up on cutting-edge research, and scouring the internet for information. Once I have collected all of this data, I move on to a trial phase. During this time, I test my idea on a small scale, seeing how it works and getting feedback from those around me. If it passes muster at this stage, then I bring my idea to the next level. Here, I engage others in providing input and critique so that I can refine my concept and uncover potential weaknesses or blind spots in my thinking. Ultimately, vigorous research followed by careful testing is what helps me get ahead when contemplating a new idea.
What’s one trend that excites you?
That would be A.I. Artificial intelligence is one of the biggest trends in today’s society, and for good reason. This technology has the potential to revolutionize a variety of different fields, including business, healthcare, education, and even domestic life. One of its most promising applications is in the world of business. AI systems can analyze complex data sets and make predictions about consumer choices and behaviors, helping companies to better target their marketing strategies and drive sales. In the healthcare field, on the other hand, AI systems are being used to digest immense amounts of patient data in order to advance our understanding of certain conditions and develop new treatments for diseases that once seemed incurable. Education is another area where artificial intelligence can have a tremendous impact. It can help to assess learning outcomes more accurately and provide personalized instruction based on each student’s individual needs. Finally, artificial intelligence has even been employed within domestic life, improving our safety by automatically locking doors or turning on lights when we enter a room. Overall, it seems clear that artificial intelligence has no boundaries when it comes to applications—it can significantly improve every aspect of our lives. And as this trend continues to evolve, it is sure to bring us into an exciting new era that few could have imagined just a few years ago.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I think it’s just pure hard work. I try to work hard in everything, and I believe it has always paid off. Setting up and running my company has involved hours of grueling work, from marketing to serving my clients. Even when I get tired, I keep going. This doesn’t mean that I have excelled at everything, but because of hard work, most of my endeavors have been successful.
What advice would you give your younger self?
When I look back on my younger years, I realize that I could have done a lot better if I had had more faith in myself. At the time, it seemed like there were always bigger and better things out there, and instead of believing in my own abilities and working to achieve my goals, I would constantly compare myself to others.
However, as an adult now, I can see that with more confidence in my own strengths and talents, I could have moved through life much more effectively. My recommendation would be to not let your fears hold you back or prevent you from taking risks that may ultimately lead to success.
Additionally, I would also recommend investing in strong relationships and building up your network early on. In business especially, making connections is crucial for getting ahead in your career. The sooner you start developing your networks and cultivating helpful relationships, the better off you will be. And just as important as professional networks are personal relationships; having a close support system in place can give you the extra encouragement and strength to succeed through tough times both personally and professionally. So, my advice to my younger self would be to be bold, invest in good people, and build up those networks! They really do make all the difference when it comes to success.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I always ensure my clients are satisfied and offer the best customer experience I can. This has helped me establish loyal clients who keep coming back for me and keep my business in operation. Satisfied clients are also among the best marketers for your business because they affirm the credibility of your business to others resulting in more clients.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
My primary strategy is staying updated on industry trends and learning and adapting these practices in my profession and business. I have been in the industry for a long time and would have been redundant ages ago without staying up to date. Instead, I choose to challenge myself by learning and becoming good which has helped me stay not only relevant but thrive in the ever-changing business world.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I can sometimes be a perfectionist, which initially drove me to attempt to do everything by myself. After several failed attempts and subpar results, I had to find people to help me. Delegating helped me be more productive and have a healthier work-life balance.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Tech innovation is the way to go. Find a problem, be creative with solutions, and leverage technology; you’ll never go wrong.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I bought groceries for three homeless families. It felt good knowing that they could enjoy a healthy meal, even if it’s for a day or two.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
I love the app Cardsmith. It is interactive and facilitates visual problem-solving, strategic mapping, and managing tasks online. I also love that it’s simple, flexible, fast, and agile.
It has also made it possible for everyone on my team to share ideas, anytime from anywhere in the world. It also offers real-time collaboration.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World,” by Cal Newport. The book outlines profound insights into the distractions that have filled the digital world we currently live in. He offers interesting suggestions for how, despite these distractions, we can be productive without interruption or distractions from outside forces.
What is your favorite quote?
“Becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end” by Michelle Obama.
- Customer service and satisfaction is a key component to success
- Stay updated on industry trends
- Taking breaks is important to ensure creativity and ideas flow
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.