Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 57 - Page 84

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I work part-time for Mind , the mental health charity . Being kind to others is a great stress reliever .
Companies are realising that in order to get value from the complex systems already in place in their organisations , they need process mining to break up silos and make sense of data stuck in underlying systems . Process mining is becoming an integral part of every company looking to thrive in this new era .
How do you deal with stress and unwind outside of the office ?
I exercise as much as I can . My dogs help ensure that I have a decent walk regularly but I also use the gym in my garage . I work part-time for Mind , the mental health charity . Being kind to others is a great stress reliever and it also helps develop my listening and empathy skills . Finally , I am aware of my extrovert nature so , coming out of lockdown , I have had to ensure I boost my energy by spending time with friends and family .
If you could go back and change one career decision , what would it be ?
What are the region-specific challenges when implementing new technologies in Europe ?
There are two key changes that are needed to better implement new technologies in Europe . Firstly , governments across Europe must do more to promote the tech ecosystem . This means making more capital available , providing better education and widely promoting the use of innovative startups within governments themselves .
Secondly , we need to see a shift in the entrepreneurial mindset and develop a more risk-oriented culture like in Silicon Valley . In many cases , European tech products are just as good as – if not better than – those from existing Silicon Valley ventures . The problem is that we just don ’ t say it . European tech entrepreneurs must think bigger and bolder to successfully compete against the US giants .
What changes to your job role have you seen in the last year and how do you see these developing in the next 12 months ?
The last couple of years have been extremely difficult for UK businesses and consumers alike and drastic change is needed to be able to move forward .
I am very proud of my career and the relationships I have built throughout it , but have I fulfilled my full potential ? I feel if I had got myself a mentor / coach at a younger age then I would have grown confidence to do more , get outside my comfort zone and exploit my skills .
There is ever more pressure on individuals and businesses and the drive to improve requires change and determination but balancing this with empathy for conditions that people are experiencing is critical for success .
My role needs to adapt to and understand these changes because our customers are also facing them , and as a result , I need to come up with innovative and thoughtful ways to get around them . With more efficient processes we should also be reducing the stress on businesses and individuals .
What advice would you offer somebody aspiring to obtain C-level position in your industry ?
As with any industry , building and supporting your team is one of the most important aspects . At Celonis , we continue to rapidly grow and add new talent across all departments and geographies , with our numbers doubling during the pandemic .
Along with building a strong internal team , relationship-building outside of your organisation is extremely important . Creating strong partnerships is critical to success . p
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