Barbora joined our team earlier this month and we are delighted to welcome her to the CI Projects team! Barbora brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having previously been in project management and operational roles, primarily in the Facilities Management industry. She’s had the privilege of working with the Royal Air Force, various NHS Trusts and mobilising numerous projects within the public and private sectors.
In this interview, Barbora reflects on her experience of leading change and some of the personal values she holds.
What is your current role at CI Projects?
I am a Senior Change and Transformation Manager at CI Projects. I am passionate about change, driving performance and of course, continuous improvement.
What attracted you to work for CI Projects?
I have known Kiran for a number of years and always admired her ethics and values. These resonated with me so much, so when Kiran offered me the role, I didn’t have to think twice. My passion is in making everything better, nicer, happier and there is so much appetite to deliver positive results in CI Projects. There is space for creativity, entrepreneurship and adding value. Work-life balance also played a big role in my decision. As a mum of a lovely 5-year-old girl, balancing home and building a career is often very challenging. Kiran recognises that and appreciates the constant “battles” of “having your cake and eating it”…
What have you found most challenging in driving change?
Getting people on board – getting them engaged takes time and patience. I also find that setting clear roles and responsibilities is challenging as a person’s role in a project might be different to their day-to-day role in the company. People are creatures of habit, so taking them out of their comfort zone, if not done well, can have potentially damaging consequences.
How important do you think wellbeing at work is in achieving high performance and what advice would you give?
Very! Our wellbeing drives our level of performance, not just at work, but in life also. Many big and small companies look after their staff, to make sure they have access to various wellbeing support – either as an Employee Assistance Programme or various perks, such as vouchers or discounts. But it starts within you and the closest team around you, that is what affects wellbeing the most on a day-to-day basis. My advice? Spread the cheer, be the wellbeing ambassador and the team will soon follow. How can you be down in the dumps, if you are sitting straight and smiling. Try it! (I see you just have- and it works- you are smiling now)
What three traits define you?
Happy, caring and optimistic.
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
I love spending time with my 5-year-old, doing anything from baking cupcakes to shopping for shoes together. I love laughter and having fun in anything I do. My passion is in functional nutrition and the holistic approach to health and wellbeing. I also like to attend dance classes, do the occasional running and am an avid fan of daily yoga. My quiet moments- and there really aren’t many- are spent with a glass of wine, sitting in my favourite egg chair, watching the sunset.
Do you have a personal motto/ mantra or strong belief?
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”