I’d always wanted to manage my own team. Even when I was playing handball as a child, I enjoyed being the team captain and helping others succeed. I have a pragmatic way of approaching problems and I believe that I can motivate people through my optimism. And also, I’ve always had strong supporters who trusted my leadership skills and thought that I could be a manager. My current position as Regional Head of Department of the People Center of Expertise in the DACH countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) feels like a great fit.
I’m not your typical HR manager – it’s not my background and sometimes the knowledge gap has made it tough. Every day I learn something new! However, rather than being a detriment, I think changing roles has helped me become a better manager. Cross-functional moves broaden your experience, extend your network, and bring a different perspective to the job.
My career path has been exciting, and it has given me a more diverse understanding of the company and why certain decisions are made. Because it’s been so beneficial for me, I support my – really great – team to learn and engage with other people’s perspectives. Even if that means that at one day my team’s members take a sidestep in their career. It can be nerve-wracking to make a change and you need patience with yourself, but I encourage a positive mindset with it. My philosophy is, “if you never try, you’ll never know.”