Describe your working day at BE-terna.
My working day starts with an awesome cup of green tea a little bit before 9 o'clock. I usually check if there are any unanswered emails from yesterday, and maybe some from our early bird colleagues from that morning. Then, at 9 o'clock, we have our daily meeting where everyone presents what they will do during the day, and after that, we have internal meetings with different teams. The rest of my day is dedicated to clients. Since I became a manager of a team, my responsibilities have changed a bit. The main part of my day is to help my team and provide guidance where needed, making sure we meet deadlines for planned deliveries. I take care of my team members, make sure they have a prompt feedback and, together with them set daily goals.
What skills do you need to do your job successfully?
The ability to communicate effectively is the most essential skill. No matter if it is in the office or outside of it, good communication is required, both inside and outside an organization. You have to make yourself understood and make sure you understand others. We cherish the communication skills in our team very much. Then, as you might have noticed so far, there is the team. Being a team manager first means being a part of the team – so being a team player is essential to my work and my working environment. The way I see it, there is only one major difference between a team member and a team manager: the potential to motivate and set a good example. Motivating teams and other colleagues to give back the best in a way that works for them is not only about assigning and delegating tasks and setting deadlines - it is also about leading by example.
What do you like about your work?
I am someone who enjoys leading people by using effective motivation and management techniques. I love the people I work with. I love a friendly and fun atmosphere we make together. I do, of course, like to work in the dynamic international environment, on different projects in different industries, sectors, size, organizational structure, but what makes my work special are the values we share and our ability to take on every challenge fearlessly – because everyone knows their peers will stand beside and pull the weight of even the most complex projects.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
That would be exactly the thing I love the most - working with people. Management paradigm of today has changed drastically since the old days. The management is not about telling people what to do, it is about achieving results through people and helping your team so they get the space to deliver their maximum in every field. It is also about setting the right expectations for both, your team and the client, and helping to meet those expectations. In doing so, people have to work through many different processes to get the end result. My job is to create consistency in the environment so that people stay focused.
When you think about BE-terna, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
An international and dynamic environment where people are friendly, where hardworking and smart people are employed and respected, as well as an environment where the team is made up of great individuals.