There are basically two ways to find a solution to any problem:
1. Ponder, deliberate, discuss and evaluate
2. Take a break
My best ideas came to me either when running or on vacation.
This time I'm coming back from Finland with a few rearranged priorities and new solutions.
And I gave it zero thought. The ideas just pop up!
It's weird how NOT working may sometimes be the best work you can do.
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The hardest part of running a company is people management, the unpredictability of people is simply unparalleled. But if I could offer a piece of advice, it would be something like this. be empathetic, honest but don’t be afraid to protect people from reality.
Antanas Bernatonis asked:
"I would love to ask if you could come back in your 20s, what would you do on everyday basis? Where would you invest your time and what would be the main advice you could give to yourself?"
I will start with my belief that every human being has a unique story of life, a unique path of how they got to where they are today. It is quite rare that the advice of a person to themselves apply to somebody else. Thus, don't take my answers for granted. They will probably not be useful pieces of advice for you or anyone else because of everyone's unique situation.
I would suggest to ask the right questions to yourself and figure out the answers by yourself in a way that makes the most sense to you, as you have the most in-depth knowledge of yourself. And I suggest starting with the question 'What kind of life you want to have?'.
Getting back to Antanas' questions, I can say that I feel quite happy where I am today. Thus I wouldn't change anything that I was doing in my 20s. And what was I doing? In my early 20s, I was coding 12-16 hours per day, it was my passion, I loved the process of building software and its impact on people. I mastered my professional skills. However, I wasn't mastering my soft skills, everything human-related. I was so bad at them that I even wasn't aware they exist. The phrase "emotional intelligence" was just a random buzzword to me. In my late 20s, I was running a company with 100+ people. My professional skills were irrelevant in that position. Soft skills were those which were needed the most. However, I had them completely undeveloped. Therefore my advice to myself would be "figure out what the heck is emotional intelligence and master it as good as you code".
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At times of uncertainty, be a person of value with multiple skill, and willingness to help others, will get you promotion or not being layoff, should a company is down sizing.