Fast Forward - Anže Bečaj, Young Leaders AmChampion

An interview with Anže Bečaj, Project Manager, Povio Labs, Certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator, Young Leaders AmChampion
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What do you do in life?
I’m trying always to get involved in something different, more innovative. This is why I collaborate on multiple projects, so I never get bored, and if some project happens to go “dormant” for a while, I have something else to do. I am doing my to best to balance family life, playfulness, business and sports.

I’m trying always to get involved in something different, more innovative. This is why I collaborate on multiple projects, so I never get bored, and if some project happens to go “dormant” for a while, I have something else to do.

How did you get from studying electrical engineering to building with LEGO blocks?
As a young engineer I recognized that I can help others more and contribute more to a team as a project leader. I have technical knowledge, and since forever I’ve been happy to organize projects and deliver results. I got the opportunity at the Aviat Networks company and morphed from being an R&D guy to a project leader. Of course while I was in R&D and was just toying with the idea of leading projects, I saw things more simply than later on, when you actually take over a project or team. In managing a team, interpersonal relations and understanding the project are very important – who does what, what you can expect from individuals, when a certain piece of work needs to be completed, and so on. Since I had the desire to develop myself more in this field, I sought out different approaches. At one of the AmCham Slovenia workshops we had a presentation with the Lego Serious Play method. When I sensed that this could help me with my own challenges, I saw that this was it. The method is truly fantastic and is a great tool, and it helps present difficult issues and ideas in a simple, understandable way. At the same time it really binds the team together.

Right now my team is preparing a training for more effective project leadership. All employees today should know how to use the techniques of project management, so that the project they are working on or even leading is successfully completed in the right time with the proper checks.

What project right now keeps you up at night?
Right now my team is preparing a training for more effective project leadership. All employees today should know how to use the techniques of project management, so that the project they are working on or even leading is successfully completed in the right time with the proper checks. We are only experts in our fields and not in the field of project management; therefore we see ineffective implementation and lack of responsibility to often. The consequences may be devastating, on several levels. The biggest problem is when employees are no longer satisfied, they don’t know how to get to grips with a project, and this leads to stress and burn-out. As a result this often means that the client can’t be satisfied either. Doubts and distrust can ultimately lead to the lose of business.

In our training we will provide participants with the information and skills to take responsibility for specific tasks, to provide constant feedback on status and progress for the client and to manage them successfully from start to finish. 

On the other hand, we have the desire and the ability to help bridge the gap between established and experienced business leaders and Young talents who are full of ideas and have the right level of motivation to change the world.

You have also been selected as one of the YOUng Leaders AmChampions. What do you see as your mission?
AmChampions is an entirely new formation, with outstanding individuals who are also smiling and full of energy. For this reason, too, being a part of this team is for me personally a great honor as well as a responsibility.

On one hand, I see our mission and our role to be an energy link between AmCham Young Leaders. On the other hand, we have the desire and the ability to help bridge the gap between established and experienced business leaders and Young talents who are full of ideas and have the right level of motivation to change the world. I believe the best way to achieve this is through sharing experiences and cooperation on joint projects.

 

Anže Bečaj, Project Manager, Povio Labs, Certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator, Young Leaders AmChampion