About me

How to become successful and have a great career?

As mentioned in already on the homepage intro, many of my students, young colleagues or trainees asked me during the years: “How to become successful and have a great career?”

I think there are no easy answers to this. You need to have a bit of luck, being in the right place at the right time or finding a good mentor who helps you. But I always tell that there is one thing you actively can to do: BE BEST PREPARED for fortune to hit you! And in order to be prepared, LEARN!

This blog can help you in achieving this.

Learn each day! Become better in what you do, become better in managing yourself, become better in communicating with others, become better in presenting stuff, become better in organising teams, become better in understanding the company and processes you work for and especially widen your knowledge about a variety of subjects. Long story short: Get better every day!

How this blog can help you

The stories and content of this blog will help you to read about and to understand how to manage people, how to organise teams, how to get projects delivered, how to work with teams of different cultural background, how to get shit done and much more. The cases and concepts described will review topics both from a scientific and as well from a practical perspective, they will be put into context of small teams, large corporations are even private situations.

Not to forget that it’s meant to be fun 🙂 by embracing the weirdness and oddness of life and by sharing stories in an interesting, funny and entertaining way it’s much easier to learn and to remember things.

So, it’s all about sharing knowledge. The material you will find comes from several courses I gave and from real life situations I experienced.

For me all of this is a beautiful opportunity to stay in touch with many many people I met during the years and to get in touch with people I might not even know yet. I really hope to welcome many of my former students on the site, as well as people I worked with or am still working with at my job. I want this blog to become a real community where everyone can contribute, share information and help each other on the various, strange, complex and sometimes bizarre situations you face every day at businesses, organisations and universities around the world.

For those who don’t know me yet

My name is Daniel Sechi and as you might have already seen from my surname I have Italian origins. I have some nearly 20 years’ experience in the banking industry and in education. I’m working as a manager in a big banking corporation and during my free-time I work as assistant professor at different universities.

My expertise lies in change, in how to make change happen, in how to get projects done, in how to influence people and in how to create high performing teams and communities. I worked in many different functional areas from Sales to IT, but basically my job was always to make things happen, either by leading teams or by leading persons who led teams themselves.

I went to university and finished my degree while still working in a full time job. Even more complicated I was working during those 5 years in a big international Merger-Acquisition-Integration project with 10h days and a lot of abroad business travel. This experience was hard and shaped a lot my view on motivation and discipline. It’s definitively something which I will not recommend to anyone who likes to get at least 6 hours of sleep a day.

Some one-sentence insights on myself:

  • I think I’m a quite down-to-earth person.
  • I’m married since many years and have two wonderful little children.
  • I like to spent time with my family with whom I like to travel a lot.
  • I like doing sports, always open to try out new stuff.
  • I like reading a lot, there are so many interesting book in this world.
  • I love to stand in front of people talking, giving a speech or presenting something.
  • I strongly believe that people don’t come to work to do a bad job, they don’t come to work to piss you off and to be maximally destructive (of course apart from that one person which just came to your mind 🙂 )
  • I nevertheless think as well that decision making, structuring and organising work and having cristal clear what are the most important things to tackle first is a seldom virtue
  • People fascinate me, it’s amazing how different two persons can understand the very same situation.

Think that’s it for now, this should give you a first glimpse on who I am and why I write this blog. As mentioned, happy to have you joining the community, just subscribe.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Theodor Seuss​​

Books I’m currently reading and working on:

  • Trillion Dollar Coach – by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Measure what matters – by John Doerr
  • The hard thing about hard things – by Ben Horrowitz
  • What you do is who you are – by Ben Horrowitz