My dream growing up was to play soccer. I know, I know, like millions of of kids all over the world wanting to be the best. For me it was a bit different. What fascinated me was the team. Jumping onto the field with 11 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 always found my place in every team I played.
Why? My vision to see what the team needed most and my relentless effort to help those around me work their magic.
My other passion growing up was games. Board games like
Chess or Risk, and later computer games like Warcraft. I loved 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 comple all at the same time.
It has taken me years of working at Corporates, Agencies, and Startups to realise that business has all the elements I love in sports and games. Of course the stakes are higher, failure leads to people loosing their jobs, which triggers a survival instinct that leads people to think of themselves before the team. This makes business more complex, and in my eyes less enjoyable.
And yet, there’s something beautiful of designing a business team. At the end business is simple. The hard part is to keep it that way. Designing teams with the right culture, smart tactics, and high performance is a challenge I love to tackle over and over again.