With over 35 years of experience in clinical counseling, Barry Dixon has much knowledge of dealing with the emotional and spiritual well-being of different families and individuals. Over 20 years ago, Barry founded Dixon Social Interactive Services, Inc., a local clinical behavioral health agency. Dixon Social Interactive Services, Inc. provides programs such as Substance Abuse Counseling, Family Counseling, Psychological Testing, Forensic Counseling, Psychiatric Comprehensive Services, Parenting Services, and Adult and Adolescent Outpatient Care, Community Support Programs, and Case Management. It was and still is his desire to help as many as he can to live their best life, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Barry holds the following credentials: a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Masters of Social Work; Provisional Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Provisional Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor; Certified Mediator; Certified Forensic Counselor; Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, Master Substance Abuse Counselor, Certified Cognitive Behavioral Specialist, and a Certified Triple-P Parent Therapist. Barry holds many local Board positions in the areas of Human Services.
Number of years in management: 35
Tell us about your path to management.
Management for me began at a very early age, I’d say since middle school I’ve always had the opportunity to manage people, situations, and groups. As I entered high school and then college, I began to obtain more experience with managing different types of people. When I graduated, I acquired various jobs in the human service area which would project me into situations that I had to manage projects, organizations, committees, and other types of events. Upon obtaining my graduate degree in 1999, I was presented with the opportunity to create a provider health agency within our local community.
What leadership qualities do you find to be the most effective in reaching your organizational or career goals?
Developing individuals into their full potential, understanding various cultures, utilizing people as resources.
How do you motivate your team members?
I use motivation tools through education, inspiration, and by creating an atmosphere conducive of independence and creativity.
Is there a leader or mentor who has inspired or assisted you along your professional journey?
Some are; John Maxwell, ZIG Zigler, Kenneth E Hagan, Benjamin hooks, Patrick Lencioni, Larry King, RC Lawson, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, and Alfred W Dixon, among many more.
How has networking impacted your career?
Networking is an important tool because it develops relationships which can grow into become resources and also form alliances between people. Relationships, resources, and alliances, can all allow avenues which to give and present support during times of need.
What are you reading and/or following now (book, blog, social media groups, etc)?
I read many leadership type books; Failing Forward, Death by Meeting, CEO Planner, Understanding Organizations, Regulating the Poor, etc.
What advice do you have for those beginning their professional journey or who are already in leadership positions?
Maintaining and developing integrity along with character and compassion are excellent tenants that are foundational and functional in every capacity of work.
Do you have an initiative or project you would like to tell our readers about?
We are currently involved in what is called special-needs programs on the eastern side of North Carolina. These programs reflect working with individuals who are transitioning back into the community from areas of incarceration, homelessness, recovery, and/or just trying to find themselves in the environment they live in. We utilize our special services to cover a broad brush of needs with all types of ages, gender, races, and backgrounds.
What do you wish you had known before you started your career?
I wish I would have capitalized my networking skills while I was in college. Relationships take time to build and using my networking skills then would have perhaps opened more doors in my later career.
Share a mistake or failure that provided the most growth in your career.
I’d say the biggest failure that I have experienced that have allowed me to grow is controlling and managing the fear of failure. Many times I have not been heard, or understood from others and would feel that what I had to say was not enough. At first, it appeared like failure and perhaps it was not my call to help people in this area. However, as I continued to move forward doors would open, eyes would open, and resources became more abundant the lesson learned was to keep focused on your original goal, no matter what and how things may appear.