This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.
I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing.
In the interview, Arturs shares his vision for the future and how he plans to take his company from 15 to 50 people. He is a leader who is not afraid to get his hands dirty and he is ready to do any job in his company. He has no false pride of being a CEO, and yet, at the same time, takes time to step way from the day-to-day to focus on the long-term strategy for his company, and then supporting his team to execute on that.
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In the interview, Arturs shares
- I always wanted to do things my way. And do the things that I believe it’s the right thing to do.
- Nothing happens in weeks or months. it usually takes years. Or at least half a year to see some initial result. You need to work hard and at least for some time you need to work on idea on a project before you see any reasonable results.
- Energy is a limited resource. You cannot utilize your energy forever without any recharge. you sometimes to recharge your battery to get new energy and new ideas.
- The thing that’s helped me probably the most, I think it’s doing sports. I personally play football. During this one to hour session with the team, you physically cannot think about the business. You cannot think about the problems you just focus on the ball on the team, on the situation on the field. So basically the moment when you basically recharge your mind.
- That’s probably challenge number one. How do we keep everything on the same page? When we have 15 people versus when we have 50 people in a team.
- So how you communicate, how you make a decision. So that’s one of the challenges to making it very transparent. And not over-micromanage everybody to achieve that.
- I feel comfortable doing any work which is good for the company. Some people think that okay, the CEO should only basically lead or show the vision and don’t do some not CEO stuff. In my opinion, like as far as it’s a company if it helps. I can do any part of the job as far as it helps