CHRO

Michelle Kaiser

Wefox, Paypal

Q&A

Your favorite content and why

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Cohello was a life-changing book for me. It is a wonderful story about discovering one’s destiny and never losing faith. It reminds us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the signs along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams. It is also a great reminder that the only obstacle to anything we want to achieve is fear and how fear is in the mind so all we have to do is change our mind. I love this book because of the infinite number of life lessons that fill its pages.

Your favorite working app

During this time of Covid, I have found Slack really valuable as it has been a great tool to connect to others quickly.

Your reference leader, why and what you learnt

Giuseppe Madonna who was CTO at a previous company. I have not chosen him because he comes from technology. I have chosen him as he is just a great all-round leader. He was a great role model in how to lead by example, have a vision, the importance of understanding strategy, collaborating across teams, treating everyone with respect and remembering to laugh and have fun.

The #1 skill a tech leader needs to succeed

Giuseppe Madonna who was CTO at a previous company. I have not chosen him because he comes from technology. I have chosen him as he is just a great all-round leader. He was a great role model in how to lead by example, have a vision, the importance of understanding strategy, collaborating across teams, treating everyone with respect and remembering to laugh and have fun.

What you like most of being a leader in tech?

  • I am not a CTO but have extensive experience of leading HR teams in technology companies. I love being a leader in tech companies as I have opportunities to work in agile environments, be innovative, creative and take risks. 

Which is the biggest challenge you have faced as a leader?

Going into a company as a new leader and inheriting a very junior, inexperienced team but with huge expectations from the C-team to deliver at a high level immediately.

What is the takeaway from that experience?

To try, as much as possible, to understand the skills, competencies and backgrounds of the team in advance. And to manage the expectations of the C-team as early as possible. 

The one single tip for aspiring CTOs

Connect technology to business outcomes. 

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