Never stop exploring
After one year in sales and one short project in marketing, I left Hilti Italy and Milan and relocated to Vaduz, Liechtenstein. I was set to work for 6 months in Corporate Development, our strategy team, and take part in the review of our corporate strategy. Back then, I hardly had any idea about how impactful and exciting my work could be.
So, what I did was a complete review of the basic mechanics behind our strategy, challenging its main assumptions to the core. If this sounds way too abstract, my tasks were very practical: first, I tried to develop a clear understanding of the strategy and the key points needed to achieve our goals. Then, I developed several structured analyses to test if these key points were being achieved as planned. If they weren’t, I looked for root causes and proposed a way forward.
Needles to say, the project has been extremely challenging but also extremely rewarding. I worked on themes, such as digital business or productivity, that could reshape the way we do things. I collaborated with an incredibly sharp team and gained plenty of exposure to senior management – all the way to the executive board. Above all, I managed to develop a deep understanding of our business, to a level that I would have considered impossible to attain in less than 2 years with the company.
It’s been difficult to say goodbye to my colleagues and to this beautiful part of the world. However, this is one of the main strengths of the program: once you are fully comfortable in a position, it’s time to move to the next one. Never stop exploring, never stop developing.
Next stop, Singapore!