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7 Questions with Danielle Winandy

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7 Questions with Danielle Winandy

Name: Danielle Winandy

Current title: Head of RISK Innovation Office

Current organisation: BNP Paribas

Since 14 years in Financial Services, Danielle has been Head of RISK Innovation Office, and Futurist specialized on the future of Leadership and the future of Climate Change. Danielle is passionate about people, innovation and Sustainability

7 Questions with Danielle Winandy


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

The most challenging is to create a culture of Innovation in a complex international environnement with different cultures, systems and styles

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I joined the bank a bit by chance, I worked previously for a télécommunications company and they moved their offices very far away from my home. I had to leave this job and I accepted an interim mission for 1 month at BNP. After 1 week, they offered me a permanent contract and I have been here since 14 years :)

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

In the morning I wake up, I meditate, 3x/week I go running for 1 hour, then I study in Mindvalley App, prepare a brain booster tea, and start my day with a virtual commuting of 15min. Then I start my day with answering some emails, attending some meetings, and I try to book as many hours as I can to deliver hard work (I call it power hour). When I have lunch, I listen to a podcast or I read a book. Afternoon I take my son to school and I continue to work, before following a course on Coursera or another platform. I spend the evening with my family and Before going to sleep I practice gratitude. This is my normal day :)

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

I learned to respect people’s impossibility wall, to acknowledge it, to respect it, and to accept that for this person, their level of impossibility is reached and it is just that I am talking to the wrong person and I have to find someone else to help my project.
And also that people’s caring is more important than anything.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Infinite Game - Simon Sinek
Leaders eat last - Simon Sinek
Never eat alone - Keith Ferrazzi
They teached me to be the best leader I can and to manage my network and relationships at work.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

I try to co-elevate the maximum amount of people and help people to grow.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

For me it is all the stories about managers that truly care about people and that are convinced that our biggest assets are our employees.

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