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7 Questions with Karina Gomes Martins

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7 Questions with Karina Gomes Martins

Name: Karina Gomes Martins

Current title: Chief Mate

Current organisation: CBO

Career based on humanitarian leadership, with non-violent communication and based on the five pillars of Dave Ulrich's code of leadership, in addition to using NLP, coach and agile methodology techniques.
I have a bachelor's degree in Nautical Sciences and an Unlimited Captain License. I have 13 years developing leadership skills. Lately I had experience as Chief Mate (senior leadership position) on Offshore Vessel. I have worked on complex and critical activities both in Brazil and in the United States in my whole career, always focused on the safety of the operation and the team.

7 Questions with Karina Gomes Martins


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

The main function of leadership is to improve organizational culture through values like safety, integrity, people (respect, diversity and inclusion), innovation, results, service (trust relationship) and sustainability. The values written on corporate letterhead should match the same company culture in reality.

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

In 2007, I graduated in Nautical Sciences. I have experience on Drillship, Semi-Submersible rigs, PSV (Supply), AHTS, Pollution Control Vessel or Oil Recovery Vessel (OSRV), Multi Purpose Offshore Vessel and Container ships. Lately I had experience as Chief Mate (senior leadership position). I have worked on complex and critical activities both in Brazil and in the United States. I'm currently studying software engineering and agile methodology as well.

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

I use Trello or Jira to organize my tasks. I perform daily meetings and retrospective meetings. I like to work with Agile Methodology. I work with transparency and clear objectives, to get team members on the same page. I enjoy spending time with my family and taking care of my health. I always like to wake up and sleep early and to make my bed in the morning.

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

A leader needs to improve their leadership skills everyday.

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?

I point out theses books below:
1) Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
It needs to create a circle of safety for employees, when they feel safe, and secure for trust and cooperation, they focus more time to protect the organization than themselves.
2) Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life By Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD
The leader should know how to communicate and understand that behind every action there is a need.
3) Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders and Management 3.0 Workout by Jurgen Appelo
These books are a mindset that defines six views of management: energize people; empower teams; align constraints; develop competence; grow structure; improve everything. Jurpen Appelo offers tools, games and practices to help any worker to manage the organization. I really like these tools such as kudo cards, personal maps, delegation poker, moving motivation, etc.

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

Leadership is a skill. It’s something you can learn and improve. It is necessary to create a leadership culture inside of the organization and to teach the people the ability to inspire, engage and teach others. Nowadays leaders need to teach technical information and leadership skills to their employees to help them become better leaders in the future.

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

As a leader, I always try to encourage people to get their dreams and I also like to empower women to believe in their ability and get leadership positions. I feel happy when an employee achieves his career goals. It is meaningful for me. “Be the change you want to see in the world”

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