"If you're interested in other people and things that are new, you always end up in places where you grow." Ernst is curious by nature, but how does he translate this into his work as Finance Manager Asia-Pacific?
When asking Ernst how his curious nature shows in his work, he shares: "I ask a lot of questions. When I don't understand something, I will always ask for clarification and challenge the status quo. That we always have done something in a certain way is not a good reason. I’m asking questions to get to the core of things and see where we can improve.
I also very much believe in continuous learning
You should always keep challenging yourself and trying out new things. What I always remember is something my first manager said to me: "If you have a week where you didn't learn anything new, you should flag this with me." If that happens, I will start thinking about whether I'm still in the right place. This keeps me sharp. I get very energised from learning new things and getting to know new people."
Trying out new things
What was Ernst his role in this project? He provided insights from a business perspective and implemented the dashboard in Asia, to ensure it would be embraced by the entire sales team. "I'm always interested in trying out new techniques, and this one turned out to be a great asset for FrieslandCampina."
I'm happy that FrieslandCampina gives the freedom to keep on learning and to try out new techniques like our dashboard.