There was an interview with Estonia’s geoinformation systems (GIS) company Regio‘s leader Teet Jagomägi in Estonian monthly Saldo. I just love the way how a humble guy from small town presents his clear vision as a leader. Below are some of the ideas that I translated freeformly from Estonian to English to share them internationally:
Regio focuses on improving the quality of their products. In case of the market demand should go up, the company has to be ready to deliver fast enough. That requires employees to work smarter.
I adore the leader’s focus on internal efficiency. The article also leaves an impression that people in Regio are well motivated and ready to work for long hours, ready to face new challenges and puzzles, which no-one has ever solved before. How about getting to know in a job interview whether the applicant is ready to take completely new challenges and full responsibility for solving them no matter if it takes long working hours or short? And whether new employee is ready to exceed himself daily (and hopefully get appropriate reward for that as well)?
Teet points out that one of his greatest management challenges currently is to manage change and keep people motivated in “crisis” situations. The most challenging are the moments when people are not too sure whether “old” people can develop and implement innovative concepts. But what are your greatest current management challenges?
In interview there is no clear reference on using their competitive advantages (I wonder what exactly are their advantages) as business advantage, yet it’s a good sign if leader mentions that they are planning to do that. Teet also emphasizes on the importance of being rapid in taking full advantage of their advantages.
As of the general tendency in GIS systems, the new era’s idea is to connect people’s location to location-specific services and actions.
Anyhow, I hope that anyone who read this, also works in a company where people are motivated to creatively share and implement their ideas of new business opportunities.