Ksenija's SELFIE ENTREPRENEUR
INTERVIEW WITH MR BOJAN GRUJICKI, entrepreneur
1. How did you imagine your business career when you were a child?
I didn't imagine it at all, I wanted to be a basketball player, and I wanted to be a guitarist. Those were my first wishes. In High school I wanted to be a writer.
2. What moments were crucial when choosing the places where you continued your education? (High school and University)
Elementary School for everyone is as it is. As far as High School is concerned, at the time I attended it there were only two grammar schools. The Fourth Gymnasium seemed more serious, and my good friends went there. For the college, I wanted something that was a challenge, and I must admit that there was a strong influence of my parents. At that moment, I was not sure what I wanted. There is another philosophy, that the college does not necessarily have to do anything with what you are going to do in your life, in my case that happened and in the case of many my acquaintances, so the choice of faculty was in the context of challenges, not my desire to be an electrical engineer who will connect the wires or be Tesla ...
3. What were the areas you were most interested in during High School days? Have you always been interested in electrical engineering?
No, I have not always been interested in electrical engineering. I started to like it during the studies, on second year of my studies. Until then, I did not take my studies very seriously. I cannot remember what I really liked at that time, I did not have any hobbies. I liked writing, and I took it very seriously, not as a hobby.
4. What kind of job positions you were before this one now? Could you segregate one as particularly interesting?
If we do not take into account when I worked as a waiter for half a year in Greece, which was experience as it is, I switched two jobs before this one, which were important. One of them was post-communist, unorganized company with only one boss who took care of everything, and the other was American corporation, soulless company, which was top organized, without any emotions and humanity. I learned a lot from both companies. The next one is the one that I am currently working for.
5. What were your expectations when you started working in Wiesmann? Are they fulfilled?
This company is considered to be a Mercedes in the business that we are dealing with. It's very important when you're part of a good team. By the way, when I came here, there was nothing. I was the second employee and we worked in a small apartment. I did not know anything specifically about this business, and then I slowly start to learn. It was all very tense, exciting, challenging...
6. What are the goals of the company you represent?
The goals of this company are the same as in any other company: to be successful, profitable, regular salary payments, to be satisfied and motivated.
7. What are the duties of the person on your job position?
I am someone called a responsible person, so I am legally and in any other way responsible for what comes out of this company. The people I work with are responsible for their part of the job, while I am responsible for their work and the functioning of the entire team. I would add something else, I would rather compare companies with sports teams rather than families. Everyone has his own position in this team. It's not like a family, because it pulls some kind of emotional burden, which is not necessary, we just need to work together and be compatible.
8. Your work requires great deal of commitment, did you have to sacrifice something else in order to perform your duties more efficiently?
In order to be successful in, you must seriously devote yourself to it. I sacrificed annual vacations, weeks and weeks... And also sacrificed a part of my social life, but it's not something I would call a sacrifice, since it was my conscious decision.
9. Working position like yours, carries a great deal of responsibility with itself. How often and in which measure it can cause a pressure on you?
I have to provide salaries for fifteen people every month, so if this is set up in that way, it creates pressure. That would be a big stress, so I'm trying not to think about it that way.
The worst thing is when I have to fire someone. Sometimes there are people in a team that are not motivated, do not believe in what they do, do not fit or just do not have the necessary knowledge and skills. Sometimes it's best to let them leave, but there is also the social part that I'm thinking about, how it will affect them, how it will affect their families... It happened that I was rethinking this first instinct for a year and a half, and in the end it turned out to be correct.
Another important responsibility is to ensure that people progressing within the company, and in order to do so you have to give them assignments which are not monotone. I invest a lot of energy in order to find new challenges in order to make their jobs not repetitive. The payment is secondary in that case, because they become motivated. The company and the manager have to give the chance to the employees to be motivated, but whether it will be so, it is up to them. I create tasks by trying to estimate people and what type of work will best suit them, some people are more suited to challenging tasks, and some do not like to leave their comfort zone, although they are usually excellent for analysis. In twelve years period of the existence of this company, no one voluntarily left the company. This tells me that this company gives them a reason to continue their business every day. I found it all the hard way, the method of attempt and error. Reading literature is good, but it means nothing until you don't experience these situations.
The manager also needs to know something about the private lives of employees, you need to know in which stage of life they are in. At the beginning of my career, I did not think it was important, I considered them as professionals, and I expected them to give their maximum every day. Of course, it does not go that way, by finding out private things about them, I try to adjust the atmosphere so that difficult periods can be overcome with the work in the company.