My dream growing up was to play soccer. I know, I know, like millions of kids all over the world, all wanting to be the best. For me it was a bit different. What fascinated me was the team. Jumping onto the field with 10 other players to compete against whichever team stood in-front of us.
I was never the best. In fact, I was usually the slowest, least technical player on the field. But I compensated by learning to read the game, coach those around me, and give 100% from beginning to end.
My other passion growing up was games. Board games like
Chess or Risk, and later computer games like Warcraft. I loved the simplicity, the challenge of starting with the same resources as an opponent and having to outsmart them to win. Battles of the wits that, win or loose, you could quickly learn from and go at it again.
I love how business is simple and complex at the same time.
It has taken me years of working at Corporates, Agencies, and Startups to realize that business has all the elements I love in sports and games. Of course the stakes are higher, failure leads to people losing jobs, which triggers a survival instinct which makes people think of themselves before the team.
And yet, there’s something beautiful of designing a business team. Know your vision, set your goals, and find the right tactics to reach them. It's simple. The hard part is keeping it that way.
Designing teams with the right culture, skills, and tactics is a challenge I love to tackle over and over again.