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FutuStories - Sharing Stories behind Futurice: Meet Sebastian, Culture & Agile Advisor

26-11-2020Culture

As a Strategy & Culture Consultant, Sebastian enjoys the variety in changing between project work and the bike rides to his clients. He puts a lot of effort into the development of the company culture and the Futurice community.

Chiara Fürst

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I am inspired by purpose-driven organisations that combine impact with economic success. And even if a company is not there yet, it is the will for change. I am inspired by companies with the courage to question their corporate purpose and try completely new things – despite the risk of a backfire. There’s so much joy and potential in experimenting and accepting mistakes instead of playing it safe.

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What’s your daily routine?

Frankly, there are no routines at all. My everyday work-life consists to a large extent of consulting activities with clients and designing working methods together. Internally, I moderate training, workshops and meetings. That means my workdays are shaped by changing projects and colleagues – which is great fun. I am grateful for the freedom to decide for myself when and how much I can invest in work at a time. But there is definitely one weekly thing I wouldn’t want to miss: the community days and learning events mainly happening on Fridays, followed by a BBQ and a beer in summer.

What is your favourite tool to succeed in project work?

For remote workshops, that’s clearly Miro! The tool provides so many options for group work, sometimes it is even more efficient than a face-to-face meeting. Besides, I would say my bicycle, which I ride it to the clients and back, so I always arrive with a clear head.

What is there never enough time for?

I wish there was more time to read and try out all the resources and inspiring suggestions shared by colleagues. Futurice has such a variety of inspiring people with their own stories and thoughts. I would love to have breakfast with different people every day to exchange ideas.

What makes Futurice different from other companies?

At Futurice, you are given as much responsibility as you are willing to take – you set the frame yourself. That also means that Futurice really has its focus on people. What's remarkable is that I work on a local and global level with people who I trust. I have a whole list of mentors in the company to call for coaching and I know that they would never let me down with their expertise and empathy. As friends, we simply do a better job together.

Which projects is your heart set on?

Projects with clients who are ready to go through an (often painful) process of change into new ways of working. That process can be extremely difficult and requires a lot of commitment. Internally, I burn for projects promoting our sense of community and cohesion. I want to make my contribution to the topic of how we can and want to develop as a company and as a community. It is part of my job to find out how I can make the biggest impact. And that, in turn, is part of the system, everyone here at Futurice has this challenge. Even without a formal role in management, you can have an incredible influence on the office and the company as a whole, if you are willing to get involved.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by purpose-driven organizations which combine impact with economic success. And even if a company is not there yet, it is the will for change. I am inspired by companies with the courage to question their corporate purpose and try completely new things – despite the risk of backfire. There’s so much joy and potential in experimenting and accepting mistakes instead of playing it safe.

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