Geno has been with Strypes for almost 10 years and has seen the company grow from a team of 25 people to over 440 employees. He has had the classic dream career path––from Software Developer through Scrum Master, Project Manager, and now Group Manager.
“What helped me grow was that I always strive to take ownership. Taking charge of the issues, the challenges, and the solutions.”
During his time at Strypes, Geno shares his experience with implementing processes and building a work culture. This journey has been a large team effort and has made the company what it is today––a highly professional structure.
“I also try to give ownership to others in my team, as well as the responsibility to make decisions. This is how we create impact and more motivation for our employees.”
Geno listens to his team to understand their point of view and have empathy for their unique point of view.
Becoming a Group Manager was one of his biggest accomplishments but also challenges in his professional life. What was important at the time was selecting the right people in his team and who are motivated and give their best in their work. The most important qualities for him are integrity, professionalism, and desire to do the work.
Shifting his perspective and understanding the client’s point of view is key for Geno to succeed in his role. He leaves it to his team to take responsibility and find the right solution. He is always there to consult them but finds that it’s the ownership that motivates his team members to perform better.
Going remote and maintaining the relationship with people in the company was one of his biggest personal challenges recently. But things moved to phone conversations and online communication really fast.
Tell us about your hobbies and interests?
I like travelling and also hiking in the mountains. Last year, I went to Athos (Атон на български). It was a really nice trip where we saw a lot of the monasteries and climbed the highest peak on the peninsula 2033 m high. Interesting fact: in order to visit Athos you need a special permit that has to be secured in advance and no women are allowed there. I enjoy skeeing in the winter.
“I also have a drone and I like to fly it and make short movies about my trip. The next step for me is to learn how to edit them.”
How many coffees do you drink per day?
Too many. I need to reduce these.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting at Strypes?
Observe how things are done and put efforts to do your best. Read more technical literature.