Agne - Proud Lithuanian currently living in The Netherlands! I am super passionate about problem solving by using LEAN tools and methodologies, while these days getting more and more excited about driving digital transformations for legacy companies.
My career was always in corporate transformation programs. In the beginning I had the huge pleasure to learn LEAN from world-class gurus at Philips, which helped me later to get a fast and exciting promotion at another company - Maersk. There I had a great opportunity to shape a new department and team to drive business transformation projects within the shipping giant.
Most recently I was faced with a "millennial crisis" when I decided to quit my corporate job at Maersk and pursue volunteering with women in rural Uganda. You can check my stories from Uganda at https://nainyte.com/. I also share more of my thoughts and knowledge on business there too.
Currently I am working for a cool Dutch tech company with a weird name - Schuberg Philis, but with a very cosy and cool culture. I was hired there to build consultancy capabilities in a traditionally known IT company and drive digital transformation programs for our clients.
If you are interested to learn about LEAN process optimization methodologies or consulting in general, reach out! On top of that I could be a good sparring partner if you are struggling to find your next step in your career or need some encouragement to pursue your passion.
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What a great feeling to be able to reunite with my sister who is currently doing her PhD in organic chemistry at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich.
It is always so interesting for me to learn how scientists work! Especially their stamina for constant failure and continuous experimentation.
My sister explains me that ~99% of scientists’ days are filled with disappointment because almost every day you discover that something doesn’t work and you need to start it all over again. However those 1% of days are very cheerful!
Currently my sister has stopped her PhD project to work on Covid-19 medication discovery which I find it a very purposeful job!
Photo Credit: Christoph Olesinski/LMU
I will never forget cotton farmers working in the field and their poor housing conditions when I was living in Uganda...
So today I am very excited to introduce you to Gergana Damyanova, who wrote an extremely insightful, practical and all encompassing guest blog post entitled "5 ways to make your business wardrobe more sustainable."
Gergana is a great friend of mine whom inspires me so much with her sustainable entrepreneurship purpose. What is even more remarkable is that together with her sister Denitsa she co-founded my favorite sustainable fashion brand Blonde Gone Roque, which was their teen dream!
👉 Check out the blog post, which we hope inspires you to approach fashion differently. You can make a difference with your choices!
I often laugh from myself when I get a feeling that I am good in something that I could call myself an expert. I have already experienced how fast this confidence can change when you meet certain people, attend a training or read a book 📖.
The book “Made to Stick” by Chip Health and Dan Heath made me realize this again - how much further I could improve my presentation skills when trying to create successful ideas and convince your audience.
The authors shared 6 principles which prove to make your ideas stick that people remember:
✅ Simplicity. We must create ideas that are both simple and profound.
🤩 Unexpectedness. We need to violate people’s expectations.
❗️ Concreteness. Naturally sticky ideas are full of concrete images.
💯 Credibility. Sticky ideas create their own credentials.
🤪 Emotion. We need to make our audience feel something.
📝 Stories. This helps to make people act on our ideas.
Together these principles form “SUCCES” rules which I have already started to practice at work.
This is a story about how advanced we got in using data to do a root cause analysis and what a long road ahead we have to actually use it.
A few days ago there was a controversial article on BBC about how the rich rainforests in Indonesian Papua were burnt to plant palm trees for palm oil production by a Korean company.
While the company denies the claims that fires were set illegally, Forensic Architecture was able to conduct spacial and architectural analysis which proves the opposite.
The researchers used satellite images to study the pattern of land clearing comparing it with previous years and confirmed that fires were set intentionally.
The recommendations to expel the company from its operations in Papua have been rejected. So... although data analysis provides us with factual evidence, there is still a lot to do with using that data in decision making.
A rainy day coming up in your city or more restrictions are imposed to your daily life? Then watch this inspiring video of less than 2 minutes!
What a touching piece to never feel too small or weak to drive change. And dare to be the first, even when it’s out of your comfort zone.