Karl Sice is a business transformer with a strong track record in blue chip enterprises. No less, he’s a turnaround/transformation and high growth generation operative.
Today, this purposeful leader is Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s (ALE) Country Business Leader for Australia and New Zealand.
Indeed, he’s had a long history in the tech sector, working across various leadership roles at ASI Solutions, Staples, Acronis, Gartner, and Sun Microsystems. He’s currently a part-time board director for the AIIA.
Get to know him, and you’ll soon discover his personable presence, energy and interpersonal style, along with his total motivation and commitment to the teams that he leads.
Stories Ink caught up with Sice to discuss his current responsibilities, some of his thoughts on leadership, and one of his secret passions: a love of songs and participating in musical performances and choirs.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
Airline pilot or air traffic controller. Those near to me know that dream hasn’t finished!
What were some of your most memorable jobs?
I’ve tried to take something positive from each and every role, even when the fit wasn’t always 100%. I’ve loved the people aspects of my current role and other leadership roles, because you get to help people realise their potential – and nothing beats that.
How did your path take you into your current role?
I’ve tried to play an all-rounder in the tech industry and take roles in hardware, software, managed services and consulting. My current role and environment is communications and collaboration, plus networking at a vendor level, which has proved extremely challenging, but satisfying.
Can you highlight your main responsibilities in that role?
I lead a team of highly motivated sales, marketing, operations, pre and post sales associates focused on supporting critical business such as healthcare and public sector workloads. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) is a multinational vendor, but the local team is small (less than 30 people) which means we all play a big role supporting our channel partners and customers.
What do you love about your current job, and what’s your big vision for the role?
I love the team who’ve chosen the ALE journey alongside me. They are a diverse, motivated and a capable group; and it’s my responsibility and aim to support them, clear roadblocks, meet challenges and achieve together.
What are some of your big milestones/achievements in your career so far?
During the pandemic, we transformed the local ALE business in four big areas: sales, operations, channels and marketing. This is quite the challenge at any time, but in 2020, we stepped up and realised acceleration of these at a rate which would not normally happen. As a result, we are more fit for this market than at any time in the company’s history.
How would you describe yourself?
Passionate, purposeful, courageous, collaborative, consistent, high cadence, coachable and still curious!
What’s a fun fact or something people don’t know about you?
That I have a passion for song and participated in several musical performances and choirs in years passed.
Have you had many challenges or hurdles to overcome?
Many! Who doesn’t? But it’s about embracing each challenge and realising that each day brings a new opportunity.
What’s the term leadership mean to you – and what type of leader are you?
Leadership is an opportunity and a privilege. A chance to give back, to serve and to help others be the best they can be.
As a leader and role model – you’ve been a board director with AIIA for a year now, for example. What advice or lessons learned can you offer others?
To not be scared to step up and to give back! It amazes me most days to see people realise more than they thought they could when they take a chance and stretch themselves professionally.
What are your priorities for the next 12 months?
To help the ALE business and team achieve its strategic and financial objectives and to be a better Dad to my family.
Looking back on your career, is there anything you’d change? Do differently?
Finish my studies (MBA specifically) and take more risks, calculated of course.
What do you do outside the world of tech?
I’m still engaged with a bunch of charities (e.g. Vinnies CEO Sleepout), helping them grow and have resources to serve their clients; and I love sport, watching it, playing it, etc.
What are some of your passions in life? Favourite things?
1, 2 and 3 – my family.
And finally, what do you wish to achieve moving forward?
I’m at the point in my career where giving back has become a priority, and I’m still loving my work as well. I love helping others achieve more – companies and individuals. The experiences and network I’ve been fortunate to create have been a real privilege; now it’s my chance to reinvest these back into the community.