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7 Questions with Sampsa Laine

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7 Questions with Sampsa Laine

Name: Sampsa Laine

Current title: Chairman

Current organisation: Growroad Ot

Digitally driven advisor and board professional in finance, data services and sustainable future. Main focus within corporate customers and SMEs. Do help banks, finance providers, investors and public sector organisations..

7 Questions with Sampsa Laine


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

They have a clear understanding of the customer agenda and base the strategy on that.

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

It was a stepwise journey from a dealing floor

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

Try to wake up 6-7 each day. Work early, have a break mid day and stop at 5pm Spend time with family / sports and work 9-11 before going to sleep.

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

Get rid of wrong decisions early.

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?

The last one was "Unlearn" by Barry O'Reilly. Learning: You need to unlearn out of "wrong" old habits before you can successfully learn the new elements.

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

Focusing on people and their longer term potential both as professionals but maybe even more as individuals.

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

Actually many stories on decisions about to go wrong before a proper data was available to guide the decisions. Too much is based on beliefs and perceptions even at board levels. Data is becoming all the more crucial.

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