Our Monthly interview with one of the ADAPTOVATE team. Each month we ask one of our team from around the world to answer a few questions. While not in the same league as The Proust Questionnaire – we think it’s a great way to share our stories with you.
This month we sat down and spoke with Krzysztof Mysior – a consultant in our European office in Warsaw.
THE INTERVIEW – 10 QUESTIONS.
1. First up – how long have you worked with us?
I have been a part of ADAPTOVATE for about 10 months
2. Why did you join us? Were you in the industry previously, or looking for a new career direction?
Before joining ADAPTOVATE I worked in both multinational corporations and consulting companies, where I focused on digital strategy and marketing. After several years in strategy consulting, I was looking for a smaller, multinational organisation that would provide me with close knit relationships between employees and the opportunity to work on a daily basis with different client stakeholders, ADAPTOVATE provided both.
3. How has your previous experience and career helped define where you are now? Would you have done things differently?
I was always driven by curiosity and challenges, hence my choice of experiences was focused around these two and from the perspective of time I would not have chosen other motivators. Doing something interesting that motivates you to progress and develop as a professional is rewarding.
4. How do you balance your work life with your ‘real’ life – Do you have a good balance and how important is it to you?
I think that work-life balance is determined by one’s priorities and is subjective for every single person. Irrelevant of that proportions of work to “real” life is, it is important to feel that you have the space for personal growth and maintaining your support network (family/friends). Personally, I am happy with the work-life balance I have in ADAPTOVATE.
5. With so many of our team remote working, we always like to ask how do you have your home office/desk set up? Organised or chaos? Any top tips?
I believe that having a large desk and monitor are a game changer. Having the freedom to put down 2-3 physical note sheets next to your computer, while having two documents open for editing, for me, dramatically increases comfort and productivity.
6. Do you play music during your Agile workshops with clients? What do you recommend on your latest playlist?
This is an interesting question as I have not incorporated music, in any meaningful way, into my workshop, maybe it’s time to give it a go 🙂I believe in the ingenuity of the human mind and that we will find ways to tackle these challenges, however a greater level of cooperation is needed if we wish to succeed. Click To Tweet
7. How do you think technology has best helped humanity and do you have any concerns about our future?
I believe that technology has been the great liberator and driving force of both social and economic development in our society. It has allowed for social mobility, vertical progression, merit and competence driven occupations on a large scale and has liberated billions of humans from starvation and poverty. On the other hand, we face long term costs of rapid development in the form of environmental/habitat changes and global warming. I believe in the ingenuity of the human mind and that we will find ways to tackle these challenges, however a greater level of cooperation is needed if we wish to succeed.
8. Strategic Foresight allows companies to detect changes early and ensure action is taken quickly. Which companies have you seen able to change and adapt quickly? (and hopefully using Agile methods to do so)
A company that I have been observing, I think everyone has been, that was able to shift their business and go into venues that I did not see it heading, but after some time it made perfect sense is Amazon. I think that it is a blend of having a concrete vision of where you want to your company to go and that values should the organisation represent and how to create a mechanism to adapt to changes in the market allowing for course adjustment. Agile allows for both, even though on the surface they seem like antagonising forces, how can a concrete vision/plan be flexible? But through adequate mechanisms, leadership, company culture and mentality this can be achieved.
9. What does success mean to you personally?
Being satisfied with the work I do and seeing that it is allowing me to develop the skillsets that I personally find most valuable.
10. Finally – You’ve time travelled back to your 10- year old self – What advice would you give?
Not much, maybe tell him that being happy with one’s own development is more important than benchmarking to others in your peer group. It wouldn’t be harmful to give some confidence that the “great idea” to buy a couple hundred stock of Citigroup when it hit 1$ in 2009, it’s that risky and worth a try 🙂