Alexandru Bogasievici: There are businesses that need my expertise.

Alexandru Bogasievici
Alexandru Bogasievici

Alexandru Bogasievici is a Sci-Fi lover and speed addict, entrepreneur, management consultant, ex-corporate GM and support for businesses related to product life cycle, BPO, growth, resizing and restructuring. Everything he does involves focusing on the big picture and the details that make it up. The specifics of the companies he works with force him to play at a high level and get into the complexity of business – only this way he can come up with punctual and adapted solutions in various areas – product, development, management of a successful team, customer interaction procedures, delivery processes.

C&B: What does the story of your career or business sound like?

Alexandru Bogasievici: I took over the role of GM in 2007. At that time, the Czech company we worked for opened offices in Romania. If I look back, I constantly had a complete experience at the start-up level, I went through stages of growth, business maturation and later exit. The company was sold in 2019. One of the joys I have is that, regardless of the level of the company, I remained permanently anchored in the delivery part, not only of strategy, vision and macro aspects. And that translated into team loyalty and friendship.

We resumed this process in 2019, in another company that had offices in Romania, but not in the Capital. In just two months we managed to have offices in Bucharest, clients, we formed a team with which to deliver from day one. In addition to the aerospace engineering division, we had also set up SW and IT / infrastructure consulting / development departments.

In 2020, when we were about to open the railway and naval departments, the pandemic came. As a result, everything that meant a new project was stopped. Priorities have been reset. At the same time, the forced break generated by the pandemic made me think of entrepreneurship. I realized it was time to turn the page and get into another chapter of my life. I saw around me companies that were facing situations that I had already encountered, situations that I knew how to approach. So, my departure from the role I had came naturally. There are businesses that need my expertise and I need to get involved.

C&B: What were your childhood / adolescent visions and what are they now?

Alexandru Bogasievici: I want to believe that I am pragmatic and analytical. As a teenager, I went to the programming area because it gave me a lot of freedom of expression. The certification of analyst-programmer was the passport to the field in which I have been working for over 20 years. In addition, my high school and college experiences have developed me in the areas of soft skills, communication and empathy, which, with my eyes now, I see as essential in a successful business. Many children dream of becoming pilots. I dreamed too. I did not become a pilot, but I put my shoulder to the construction of several Airbus planes. I know what the cockpit looks like, I like speed, I don’t live the adrenaline that the speed in the air gives you, but the experiences on the ground, on 4 or 2 wheels.

C&B: How has the Pandemic Crisis influenced your activity?

Alexandru Bogasievici: The pandemic was the certainty that the paradigm we live in is not eternal. Everything can change in an instant, right before our eyes. If we want to move forward, we need to keep up with the changes, move more steps towards evolution, and move on to the next level. The pandemic, personally, gave me more time for my family and somehow made me realize that I want and am ready to share with others my knowledge and experience from the last 20 years. I went back to the gym, I try to eat healthy and I decided to get some certifications that I had postponed due to lack of time – Project Management Professional, General Management from Harvard University.

What else did the pandemic show me? That where there is a crisis, there is an opportunity. All the project management, program management, recruitment, delivery solutions, innovations and design thinking consulting projects I have now underway come from recommendations. In such a short time, I have received a very high vote of confidence from several companies and this gives me the certainty that the chosen path is the right one.

C&B: What advice / tips do you have for those who are just starting out or are undecided?

Alexandru Bogasievici: Always try to get out of your comfort zone. It’s hard to beat the self-preservation instinct, but the rewards that come are huge – from the experiences you gain, to the people you know, to the projects that come out of your hands. At the beginning of the road, you don’t know what you’re good at, you don’t know what you like, it’s normal. It is for this reason that it is important to experiment as much as possible, so that you can understand concepts, processes, projects, products. What have I learned from my experience with juniors? That most people are afraid to make mistakes. Failure is a natural part of the learning process and without failure there is no real learning. Let’s always think: I’m wrong, I accept, I’m learning, I’m evolving. I am grateful to all those who have been a constant presence in my professional life. Regardless of the duration of the collaboration, these people left a mark that also contributed to my personal development. The satisfaction of the present would not have been possible without these interactions of the past.

C&B: Please provide your own definition for Romanian society, business and careers!

Alexandru Bogasievici: A definition is a bit of an overstatement. I have a quiver full of remarks. We would all benefit, entrepreneurs, corporates, employees, us as a society, if we had more vocational counselling during formal education. The more you realize what your purpose is, what talent you have, what kind of intelligence you have, what are the principles that guide you, the sooner you can invest in the directions that will develop your native skills. I strongly believe that personal satisfaction also comes from the successes you have in your professional activity. And the successes can be many and great if you work in the field that defines you.

As parents, it is good to give up trying to shape our children in the direction we want. We need to help them figure out what they are good at and what they want to do.

From an entrepreneurial perspective, I see the same need to understand the person in front of you and to try to value him in the organization you lead. You don’t have to throw a job description in front of him, ask him to do some tasks just because he studied a certain profile, in a certain faculty.

I also think that we should always remember one thing: it is perfectly fine to disagree and to remain friends.


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