Published on március 25th, 2014 | by Multiculti Juli0
Succeeding at multinationals – Interview with Aniko Priol
Name: Anikó Priol
Service years in multinational environment: 14
Companies worked for: tobacco industry, DIY retail
Highest position reached: Head of marketing
Marketing management trainee
3.5 years – managing a team of 4.
I should have listened to my instincts more – always proved afterwards. The rest of my wisdom you find in the upcoming answers
Commitment is the base, relationships – you can invest in, and luck – you can hope for.
All three counts. It is possible to get into positions and surf around with luck and relationships for quite some time. But if there is no commitment, skills or expertise behind, the moment of truth comes always. Sooner or later it does, and it can be painful.
Hard work and commitment. A good mixture of strategic thinking and making this happen. Really happen. Communication and influencing. Ability to co-operate, sometimes compromise, but definitely work with other people. Excellent functional knowledge. Use of internal network. Ability and drive to learn and develop further. People leadership skills. Integrity.
And all this has to be in line with your personal style to stay credible.
Manage your impatience. Do not want too much too soon. It necessary to leave time for yourself to have a stable base of knowledge and experience in your first years, take internships, try different companies. Learn, learn, learn – and this will enable you to rise up quickly. Much more difficult (and less credible) the other way around.
It is difficult. Let’s be honest, one cannot give 100% everywhere. I also know about exceptions and positive examples, but few only. If someone works as senior manager, takes responsibility for work and his/her people it is a struggle. Everyone has a different style, I work until late on weekdays but do not take work home for the night or the weekend.
There is no success without investment, but it is easier to concentrate your efforts if you know what you want to achieve. Be determined and dedicated to your goals and know your limits.