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7 Questions with Manuel Paterna

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7 Questions with Manuel Paterna

Name: Manuel Paterna

Current title: VP Client Business Executive

Current organisation: Amdocs International

7 Questions with Manuel Paterna


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

to bridge the cultural gap between individuals and teams related to communication preferences and self-reflection capabilities (leadership style, impact belief, appreciation attitude & purpose)

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

I was called for it based on strong references of people trusting in my self-enablement and assertiveness. Foundation of those relationships was an appreciative & participative leadership style.

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

The first thing in the morning is an alignment call with PA, thereafter 1,5 hrs email time, meetings upon request and need, short lunch, 30 min meditation early afternoon, calls and meetings until late. Ending the day with sports (rowing, running, cycling).

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

acting like a process consultant in your own company and apply strong coaching and questioning skills leads to entirely different insights and acknowledgement of employees' achievements

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?

Ed Schein: Process Consultation Revisited: Building the Helping Relationship, 1999
Edwin C. Nevis: Organizational Consulting, A Gestalt Approach, 1987

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

Coaching, building multipliers, trust the process, withdraw yourself from time to time and once involved, stay present, in the moment, focused, ban double-tasking

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

DT's IT@Motion program and how this resonates in the industry... so encouraging and risky at the same time, cracking the sleaze, without breaking people

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