So, today is my last day at Steria Norway. It’s been a great three-and-a-half years here, and Steria is without competition the best place I’ve worked so far – even considering the one year or so when I was self-employed (no kidding). I’d like to highlight a few factors that have contributed to my enjoyment these years.
The first factor is that there are plenty of very good managers and leaders in Steria.
In fact, the prospect of working with Remi Hansen, department manager of the then newly formed Project Management Department, was what made me consider joining Steria in the first place. Remi certainly didn’t let me down. Throughout these years, Remi has consistently displayed integrity and courage mixed with a thorough understanding of the field of Project Management. He’s always treating people with respect, even at moments when someone is basically a pain in the butt – which I know I’ve been sometimes. Remi is now heading Knowledge Management for the Scandinavian group in Steria, and I’m certain he’ll rock there, too.
Inga K. Nordberg is taking leadership in the Project Management Department after Remi. She certainly has a different personal style from Remi, but her leadership is rock solid, instilling confidence and trust, and she’s doing a great job.
Remi and Inga have been my closest managers in Steria. When these are the ones I mention, it doesn’t mean I think less of the other leaders and managers in Steria. In fact, every single one of them that I have interacted with at one time or another, come across as very nice people and really good managers and leaders.
The second factor that has contributed to my enjoying the Steria time, is the Steria culture. In the Steria culture, you’re actually allowed to voice unpopular opinions, and to make mistakes. The basic premise, so ingrained in the walls here, is that we are competent people with good intent and integrity doing our best to satisfy the customer and do what’s right! In Steria, your opinions are evaluated based on the soundness of what you’re saying, not where you are in the “hierarchy” or who you know.
Steria is also contributing to the society. Though I’ve not been involved in it, I think Steria should be especially proud of the computer courses for immigrant women held in Steria’s offices by Steria employees in their spare time. These courses help the women getting familiar with computers and the internet, breaking down many barriers to meaningful participation in the Norwegian society.
Last, but not least – the great colleagues I’ve had here. It would be unfair to mention anyone above others, so I won’t. I’ve learnt so much from my colleagues, and many of them continue to impress me to this day. In general, my colleagues have a good time doing their job, and are always willing to help each other out and learn from each other.
So, no grudges, no frustrations? Grudges, no – frustrations, yes. But considering I’ve been here for more than three years, the frustrations are surprisingly few and small.
So, thank you, Steria! It’s been a great time!
Tomorrow I’m joining Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy company – as an IT project manager. There are several reasons I’m starting there. One is that I’m going to be working with Christian Hauknes, a person I really respect. We get along quite well on all professional matters, and I’m excited to discover what we can accomplish together! Another is that Statkraft is in an extremely important business. I mean, kind of linked-into-the-whole-future-of-this-planet-important. Energy, and especially renewable energy, isn’t going to go out of fashion anytime soon. A third is that I have lots of ideas on what the customer side of projects should be doing, and as a consultant, I’ve only had very limited influence on this most important part of projects. Hopefully, now I’ll be able to put more of those ideas into practice.
All in all, though, I know very little of what the future in Statkraft will bring. It must be really good to top Steria, but evidently, I’m optimistic in that regard!
So, leaving Steria, joining Statkraft. Life’s exciting.