Zum Erfolg von Dominique LipinskiHow do you personally define success? To me, success is composed of two aspects: firstly, success is being proud of what you have achieved and built; and secondly, to having gained the trust of your customers as well as your management and colleagues.
Would you regard yourself as successful? Yes, I would.
What were the decisive factors of your success? The drivers of success are many, among them open-mindedness, passion and diligence, another important factor is perseverance. I have been working for Sidel for a long time now, and I consider it very thrilling to contribute to the successful development of our company - from an outsider of the market to the leader we are today. During the last years the business has thrived greatly, so it is very fascinating to be a part of this whole organization. Another important aspect of success is to be found in the personality: As one can conclude from my curriculum vitae, my life is characterized by a multi-cultural experience. Staff management is a very uncertain science, and my target is to take the best out of the people and focus on this part.
Since when do you regard yourself as successful? Since I joined this company as a manager for the Middle East I think of myself as successful. The company has provided me with a lot of opportunities which were highly important for my personal development. I was given independence and freedom, and - untypical for a French company - the chance to explain my results after completing my task and not before.
Which kind of appreciation do you receive? The most important recognition is the customers' appreciation and satisfaction.
Which problem do you consider as unsolved in your profession? The extreme competition is tough, of course. It is easier to become a leader than to stay one. There are a lot of companies trying to catch up on us; however, with the advantage of reliable equipments, motivated salespeople and committed technicians we succeed in keeping our position. After-sales is an extremely important factor for our branch.
How relevant are fellow employees? Our work is always based on teamwork and thus our success is always a shared success of the full team.
Which criteria do you expect your employees to meet? Commitment and dynamism.
How do you motivate your fellow employees? Apart from the financial motivation, all the team members are motivated by the fact that we push and recognize the teamwork compared to the individual work. In addition, we regularly organize events, for example once a year we hold a very big event. A lot of (fun) activities contribute to building and conserving our team spirit.
How are you regarded by your fellow employees? My leadership style is in fact comprised of different styles depending on the individual team member - some people like to work independently, and one has to give them the opportunity to do their own thing, whereas others have to be pushed and be followed very precisely.
Which factors characterize the power of your enterprise? Sidel is a very dynamic company and produces the best equipment in our branch. The focus is on quality and extended service philosophy.
How do you arrange your career with your private life? It remains difficult to manage both parts well - not only because of the planned and unplanned travelling, but also because of the long working hours. The problem with passion is, that when you have it, you don't count the hours...so you do need to be quite well organized in your time schedule to dedicate rich and joyful moments to your loved ones.
Do you have an advice for the next generation? I consider two aspects very important: willingness - which sounds easy, but is not as simple as one might think - and thinking outside the box. The secret of success, however, is to love your job. You cannot be successful if you do not love what you are doing.
What are your goals for the future? I am constantly searching for new objectives - if one is achieved, another one has to be set.
Do you have a motto? Just do it. - You should do whatever you think has to be done. In order to advance, you have to do things, make mistakes and learn from them. This is the only way to advance in life.