At Cupole, we’re a collective of great minds and big hearts. But instead of keeping that for ourselves, we want to give you a chance to read some more about our people and what they have to say about themselves and Cupole.
Let’s get to know a Cupolean!
Hi Susanne! How are you, and what are you doing right now?
I’m super! I’ve spent the last four days with my son on maternity leave and am spending this Friday with my colleagues, the mood is on top! This is how the fall will look like for me.
You were one of the members in the first Cupole Academy that launched in 2014. What made you choose Cupole in the first place?
From the very beginning, I’d decided that management consulting wasn’t for me. Then I met one of Cupole’s founders on a lunch lecture at my University and thought “if there’s a management consultancy firm that acts in a way that this guy is explaining it, then maybe I’ll consider changing my mind”. He was right, and I’m glad that he was!
..and here you are as a Project Manager. What has made you want to stay in the consulting profession and at Cupole?
I love solving strategic challenges, the trickier the better. Know the feeling when your brain is working so fast it looks like a sparkler around your head? That’s the best feeling! At Cupole I’ve been challenged from the start with strategic projects, being client-facing and encouraged to put my two cents in how I think we should build the company.
You’re not only a Project Manager – you’re also a Level Lead. What does that mean?
Level Leads have the role of being “development managers”, with lack of a better word. I’m responsible for guiding and coaching our more junior colleagues to help them meet their developmental goals and their career goals. I do this through developmental check-ins as well as monitoring and analyzing performance evaluation data to use when recommending promotions, rewards or other actions. I also make sure that their voices are heard in staffing decisions to ensure that they get staffed on projects that will foster their development and keep them motivated. We meet in individual meetings but also as a large group to maximize team building and development!
Traveling is a common theme in your profession, could you tell us about the best trip you’ve been with work?
I’ve seen almost all parts of the Nordics, all of the larger cities and even smaller places I didn’t even know existed. Outside of the Nordics, I’ve been all over North America in different M&A-related projects. Apart from project-related travels, I love our yearly winter conferences in the Alpes!
We often talk about the importance of transparency and the possibility all Cupoleans have to help build Cupole to be the best it can be. What are your thoughts on that? Do we need to call bullshit or is there truth to this?
This is completely true, no bullshit here. I’ve been part of building this company myself, amongst other things by creating our Performance & Development model with a team of colleagues. Cupole would be a pretty lame and boring company if all the shots were called by a small group – that’s not who we want to be. Cupoleans make Cupole better, and a better Cupole makes Cupoleans better – quite a neat ecosystem, right?
Stay tuned for more from our Cupoleans!