Despite the so called European unity that is being promoted all over, living in western or eastern Europe is definitely not the same. Growing as an adult in Eastern Europe teaches you to thrive for excellence, as nobody is ever happy enough with what you have done. When you grow in Eastern Europe, you need to learn to appreciate yourself, to believe in yourself and to make great things in life.
Growing up in Eastern Europe, aka Romania, I looked for a mentor, for a role model. The only person who inspired us to make great things, was my English teacher, who encouraged us to write theatre plays and participate in Spoken English national contests (that were actually quite fun). When I graduated University, I was lucky enough to move to Malaysia and work for Mindvalley. Mindvalley is the kind of company that anybody would die to work for at least once in their lifetime. People from 32 countries, walking barefoot in the office, personal development individual programs and people telling and making you feel that you are chosen, that you are special and that not everybody manages to join the team.
When I moved back to Romania, I felt broken. The system was broken. I was told to settle down, I was told I was never good enough, I was told that I am not a great professional.
Going to interviews in Romania was a real struggle and I have noticed more and more of my friends who have worked or lived abroad and want to come back here, face the same issues. This is why, if you, managers of all kind, maybe, want to get Romanian professionals back here, need to pay attention to what our generation has been looking to tell you.
Here’s why Romanian leadership is broken and how you can help fix it.
Cosmin Alexandru talks about how our parents believe they own the absolute truth and how this is connected to their ego and self esteem. If you prove them wrong, it means they are not longer as smart or as good as they thought. The same attitude is many times adopted in organisations of all kind. The boss is the ultimate truth owner and anybody who is trying to prove him wrong will pay the consequences. You might laugh, but you know it’s true. You need to start understanding that your team members need to a have voice to help grow your business. TOGETHER.
2. We grow businesses, we don’t grow people
Worrying about how to grow your business, you end up cracking your head on marketing strategies or business development. What managers or entrepreneurs not often think is the fact that people and teams will help you grow. Not for money only, but for YOU, the leader and your vision. This is why it is NOW, the time, more than ever, to start paying attention to how to take these people on board, how you make them feel when they interact with you.
3. We are not taught to invest in ourselves, therefore we don’t invest in others
Since a young human being, you are being taught to have a pretty predictable life: school, university, job, marriage and kids. Becoming an adult, you are being told that you are a grown up. You now know it all. Sooner or later, you will realise that you don’t know everything and lifelong learning, even if it might take you out of your comfort zone, will help you become a better person and a better professional. If you don’t see a reason to evolve, you will not understand the necessity of investing in others. And that, nowadays, can be your strongest competitive advantage.
Don’t trust strangers and come straight home, your mamma would tell you. Growing older, people who end up in management positions, they tend to have the same attitude: trust yourself and yourself only. If you learn to let go and accept other’s opinions, you might actually understand the fact that growing together bring more opportunities than growing alone.
5. Home is work and work is home
Struggling to become a wealthy, a ,,well off’’ person, many young people end up being workaholics. Many of them don’t even know what it means to take a proper holiday. Many of them don’t know when and how to separate home and work. Sometimes…work becomes home and home becomes work. But is that really the price you need to pay to ,,be happy’’? I have seen lately that even in Romania, some companies ( very few I may say) are actually bragging with amazing offices and game zones where employees can relax. But is this all it takes to keep a team around for longer than 3 months?
You might say, yes I know, Romania is unlike other countries. But what if, it can start being like other countries? What if, you can now take a first step for a better working environment?
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