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7 Questions with Pedro Galvan

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7 Questions with Pedro Galvan

Name: Pedro Galvan

Current title: Founder & CEO

Current organisation: awardsofhappiness.com

Pedro is from Barcelona, lives in Miami and he loves starting projects like: radio host at Radio Caracol, sci-fi writer, lecturer, traveler, reader, inspirer, karate teacher for children, director, Ph.D Candidate, soccer sports commentator, blogger, vlogger, columnist and the best uncle in the world with his 10 nephews and nieces.

7 Questions with Pedro Galvan

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

We have a presence in over 25 cities. The challenge is to listen and understand different cultures but at the same time is thrilling to understand and feel that we are all humans and universal values are accepted for good people.

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

I decided to align my personal purpose and the one of the company: try to leave the organizational world a better place.

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

I take two hours of holidays every day.

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

When all is dark and when it seems that is hopeless, you have to be standing the flag. Nobody is going to give you the flag. A leader has to take it.

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?

Sapiens and 1984.
Yuval Noah reminded me that imagination is the motive of humans. As simple as that.
Orwell told us that all is invented and it does not matter when you read this.

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

About believing and loving what we are doing and no toxic people is allowed to get into the company. Also, it is so important to have a global approach to your life. The work and the company is great but my life has more than this. I love writing about sci-fi for instance and last year I published my novel The Expiration Date.

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

To me the cultural mix of stories is the most significant. One thing is to read what happens in the world and another very different is when you are with people that are suffering the news you read in the morning. It happened to me many times when I was in Lithuania and I was told about grandparents taken to gulags, or witnesses in the Balcan’s war. To feel in the center of history is amazing.