“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
This photo was taken during my first weekend as a Portuguese resident and I love the vibe of it, of the little things that make Lisbon so incredibly cute and friendly.
- Born in Italy in 1974, moved to Amsterdam in 1997, Gran Canaria in 2000, promptly returned to Amsterdam in 2001, no actual residence in 2017 but finally having an address, close to Lisbon, just at about the time of writing.
- Studied Literature, Languages and Art History.
- Two kids (Fran, 15 - and Luca, 12) from a previous marriage, currently in a relationship & added several step sons to the mix.
This is me at the first Status offsite in Bangkok in March:
Here goes my user manual. I'm so proud of being here, and looking forward to the journey!
What qualities do you particularly value in people who work with you?
Curiosity - always be looking for ways to make things better
Purpose, a bigger goal that is going to make the world a better place
Ability to admit publicly own mistakes and taking steps to fix them - I think it gives such a powerful example, especially if coming from someone in leadership, and enables others to do their best work as it helps removing the sense that mistakes aren’t part of the process
What are some things that people might misunderstand about you that you should clarify?
Sometimes I come across as too direct, or not wanting to listen to others. That’s not the case, I really love all sort of brainstorming and debate, and appreciate constructive criticism a lot.
What drives you nuts?
Corporativism and Status-Quo
Nasty gossip and bullying
What’s your take on learning & development?
I’m curious by nature and need to be constantly challenged on as many levels as possible to feel I’m growing. I’m a big supporter of continuous and shared learning. Also, I find that personal and professional development intersect - becoming better in one area will often result in similar (but unexpected) progress in all others.
What’s the best way to communicate with you?
Always be truthful, and direct - if I do something wrong I appreciate hearing it so I can fix it. Try to keep it human, also!
Text, video and voice all work for me - but I do appreciate when people articulate well and are as complete as possible in writing (so that if it’s async i can get to it whenever instead of having to ask follow up questions or wonder what the other might be trying to say)
What’s the best way to convince you to do something?
Explain it well, or brainstorm about it together. If I’m not convinced it’s oftentimes because I don’t know the context around it - the answers to these three questions always help:
Why are we doing this?
How does it fit with our broader mission?
What’s going to happen if we don’t do it?
How do you like to give and get feedback?
Give: I try to put myself in the other person’s shoes and make it as useful and applicable as possible.
Get: I welcome very direct feedback, but get somewhat freaked out if it implies a judgement of value of me as a person rather than just point out a part of the work I do that could have been done better.
What are your quirks?
I still can’t drive and I’m terrified of cars/traffic
But I will learn to surf for real now that I’m in Portugal!
I love being with people, but also need plenty of solo time. My best trip to date was a week in the Sahara - loved being alone on a dune and out of range from any form of tech, it’s been THE most detoxing experience ever for me.
Love reading really long, enticing epics - Fav book ever: Shantaram - 2nd fav: Lord of the Rings
I love yoga, I’ve been practicing for over a decade and even did a teacher training, but still struggle to make it part of my daily routine
How can people earn an extra gold star with you?
By doing their best, no matter how that looks and how much or how little it is.
What are some honest, unfiltered things about you?
I believe that everything is connected, and that even if it’s super hard to do, letting life flow and listening to your gut instincts is what brings the most happiness, even when what you’re doing seems downright crazy to everyone else.
I was nerdy, super shy and insecure growing up - and still get terrifying flashbacks of that when I least expect it (or need it, for that matter) - like right now while I’m moving into new living arrangements on all fronts.