Monday, April 14, 2014

What do we learn from mistakes?

Arquimedes Machado

In every project we are involved in, be it personal or professional, we normally devote a considerable amount of time and effort to comply with the due date.

Have you ever experienced this situation? You are engrossed in a project, and suddenly you make a mistake and realize that you had made it before. In my case, that makes me wonder why I am reliving the same situation over again. If this is not my first time, why do I make the same mistake twice?

The answers to these questions have to do with the project’s environment and the staff involved. From my point of view, this happens because you did not learn what you had to. Consequently, life puts you back in similar (or identical) situations to learn the lesson.  I truly believe that learning from a mistake depends on the person´s reaction to it.

The first thing to do is to accept your mistake. To face responsibility is a step that deserves applause.  We are so used to regarding mistakes negatively, that when we make a mistake, we frequently refuse to recognize it. Instead, we blame others and have pointless discussion, with the only aim of being free from blame.

Analyzing our mistakes is not about listing the bad things, possible punishments or feeling guilty because something went wrong.  The point is, to learn from them, to improve as a person and to avoid falling into the same hole again.

It is said that the only responsible person from a bad situation is you and you are the one who has the power to turn it around. To believe in this will help us recognize our mistakes and think about what we have to learn, evaluate, change and improve.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Knowing our Smartmatic women (part II)

Smartmatic’s managers empower and support candidates to define their very role. In life we don’t find ourselves – we create ourselves. Let´s know more about Simina and the work she does in London. 

Head of Talent Acquisition and Development 

"Working for a company that's helping to change the world for the better makes me feel very good." 

Before joining Smartmatic, Simina gained 11 years' experience working in HR departments for large, successful companies such as Vodafone, Philip Morris and Oracle. She joined Smartmatic to recruit teams in London, EMEA and APAC. 

"Working for a company that's helping to change the world for the better makes me feel very good. And setting up new offices in EMEA from scratch is an excellent opportunity to learn and develop. You get enormous exposure to the business," explains Simina. 

Simina heads up Smartmatic's talent acquisition and development. Her role is to develop the strategy to acquire talent for key positions around the globe and create a healthy pipeline of potential candidates. 

"I enjoy encouraging people to be creative and innovative. At Smartmatic it's important to enable people to learn from mistakes. We all communicate very openly and honestly." 

Simina has an MSc in International Human Resources Management from London School of Economics and was educated in Executive & Career Coaching at New York University. She is also a certified user of HOGAN Assessment Tools, such as HPI, HDS and MVPI. 

"Smartmatic's workforce is approximately 40% women so part of my role is to increase the number of females, especially at executive level. There's a lot to attract women to Smartmatic, from our open culture to the work we do promoting equality, fairness and transparency within society."