You're the Co-Founder & Chief Caring Officer at DreamJo.bs, a new generational job board for lovable team intros and their open positions for applicants to find the job they would love. What motivated you to start this portal?
I used to work for Boston Consulting Group in NYC and Budapest – an always Fortune500 listed company. There, I could have built myself professionally and personally the most intense as no where else I could imagine that time for myself. I became very motivated but also highly frustrated about taking it so long to usually find the right fit into our team.
I’m sure you’re or were struggling to find your ‘dream jobs’ for life or you’re or were struggling to hire great people to your team. You’re not alone with this. In the three years, I had met and talked to over 600+ startups and SMEs. One key area they all had in common was the trouble with hiring. Everyone struggled to attract, find, hire and retain great talent.
At dreamjo.bs, our mission is two-sided: to make happier workplaces, and to serve those job browsers out there to have an enjoyable, as much personalized as it can be, non-circa-1997-looking, bullshit-free and discoverable job hunting experience series. We provide a platform for companies to show off themselves how they truly are, and we're also building a network of social media professionals groups especially targeting the Y and Z.
What do you think the most important skills of a good woman leader are?
Firstly, in my opinion there is nothing within the biological gender that makes us a good leader. It’s just easier for the scientific research to divide tendencies by gender just like for marketing research to divide those trends by age. All leaders, whether female or male, possess the same traits: grit, vision, deep knowledge, creativity, adaptability, empathy, etc. Since all of us is a unique individual, it’s all about our ability to want to learn, be better and reach our long-term goals as individuals.
Secondly, I don’t think we should talk about only skills, but also about the industries we are in. And thirdly, we all have some feminine and masculine energies in us – yes, even men have feminine energies in themselves. Therefore, I think it’s beneficial for women to spend some years in man-centric industries such as automotive, manufacturing, logistics, building construction, IT or jewelry.
I believe in today’s business environment you as a good woman leader should possess:
You're also Co-Founder of HR Fest, Hungary's leading HR non-conference. As an HRPR expert, do you have any tips for young women leaders on how to engage their team and create a strong company culture?
It’s a tendency, that we still want to buy and hire knowledge instead of seeking for matchmaking in those candidates with our organisational culture, personality, mentality and employee brand values. But the truth is, that every second one of us leaves job or got fired in the past or doesn’t feel good at the workplace because he or she didn’t like to converse with their colleagues about non-work related topics, didn’t feel like having a drink with them after work hours or just simply wasn’t proud and satisfied to have shared achievement with them at all.
Research after research shows that for the white collar workers in the 21st century the most important is not the compensation and benefit packages they will receive for a position, but the leadership, the horizontal and spiderweb career opportunities beyond the vertical one, work environment, team vibes, company reputation, culture, mission, vision, values and the room to make a positive impact within the organization – and above all this to have the meaning in our work.
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You're active in a few different projects. How do you manage your time? Do you have any tips for our community?
I figured out the most effective time phases with both my teammates and my clients to reach my goals – and in the rest of my time I can afford myself to either have non-working hours or get those things done which require some more focus and calm time (eg. writing, reporting, thinking of new strategies).
The eight-hour workday origins lie in the Industrial Revolution, not the Information Age when we use our cognitive capabilities most of the time. I’m also aware of that 2016 survey of nearly 2000 UK office-workers which shows that over the course of an eight-hour workday, the average employee is productive for only three hours. Our brain has a finite amount of cognitive resources it can devote to substantive, creative thought. If we are pushed our productive limits too hard we will form some bad habits.
I’m very proud that with both of my businesses we could hire a few atypical employees – such as young moms and mompreneurs. I learnt a lot from and with them. They usually have 4 to 5 hours a day for work and their manage their time with the most extreme efficiency I could ever experience! Their secret sauce is that they are highly aware that if they don’t focus on those hours what they need to, it will take the time from their baby or little kid and they don’t want that.
You're truly a 'global citizen' as you live in two different countries - Hungary and Taiwan. What major differences do you see in the situation of women leaders in these countries? Do you have any stories you could share to illustrate these differences?
I think the biggest difference is that the women in Hungary and in Western Europe are more likely to speak their feelings, eager to speak up for themselves, their rights and ideas, and are more independent. Sharing by example, when women have different opinions towards to others, they are always willing to stood up and express their ideas even they know maybe other won’t like their ideas. In Taiwan, maybe because of the education, women are not that open to speak their mind when they don’t agree with their boss or coworker or even friends (of course, it also depends how close they are). Maybe it’s the societal system, or maybe they were being taught that always rather avoid argument or debate with others. But for leader, it is a bit different, because I think those people who can become leaders, all have some sort of ‘comment personality’. They all are very independent, brave, courageous.
What will be the future of organizations?
It is no longer the point, which is the best organizational model for us. The key is that ability within the organization how quickly the teams can reorganize themselves if it’s needed. The future is for those ‘two-armed organizations’ which are not only capable to improve their products and services but also to reorganize themselves as teams, at the same time. The success criteria is the exponential speed, continuous learning and newer iterations.
What's your motto?
We all have something in ourselves, nobody else in this world has. Put attention to your core self and you will explore it! Everybody has some talent and everybody is responsible one way or another for our humanity by using it.
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