People are often described as the backbone of an organisation – and there are some people within an organisation without which that supporting structure would not even exist. Mauve’s Operations Director Lisa Solda is one such individual. Ask anyone at any level of the business, and they will tell you of Lisa’s invaluable contribution to Mauve’s day-to-day functioning; behind the scenes, Lisa works across departments to streamline processes, communicate procedural changes and resolve issues. Taking on any challenge with a consistently good humour and clearheaded perspective, Lisa is always a privilege to work with and has been a crucial part of Mauve’s continued growth.
With almost twenty years of service at Mauve’s office in Northern Italy, Lisa was a logical next guest to the Coffee Break Q&A series we have been running on our blog since April. We asked for her viewpoint on issues relating to the global mobility industry, her role at Mauve and achieving a work-life balance – we hope you enjoy her answers as much as we did!
What 3 words would you use to describe your role?
I would say dynamic, challenging and creative; I am not sure that creative is exactly the right word but what I mean is that every day, it’s imperative to think laterally and have new ideas to sort issues or to avoid a problem.
What advice would you give a new starter at Mauve?
Never believe that one day you will know everything about this job! We are always learning and new situations always arise – it’s important to be adaptable.
What are your biggest professional challenges?
In my role, I have to be able to sort out any issues in the fairest, most efficient and most professional way, ensuring that all the parties are satisfied with the results achieved and the service provided.
What do you like most about your job?
I really enjoy the international context behind what we do as an organisation – learning about new cultures and their processes opens your mind, changes your perspective and enriches your knowledge.
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
I’m proud of my ability to find a fair balance between my personal life (being a decent mum and not just a biological one!) and my professional life without being pushed over the edge ?. As a consequence, I have obviously had to relinquish things I have always enjoyed doing in this job, such as travelling – but I have managed to accomplish good results on both fronts. I am really grateful to the company for allowing me flexibility with my responsibilities.
Before working at Mauve, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I enjoyed being an interpreter while traveling around Europe.
If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
I would really like to confidently give a public speech or presentation in English – I’ve been learning the language for many years and it would be great to showcase what I’ve learnt.
Do you have a favorite quote?
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust.
Where is your favourite place you have travelled to?
South Africa – an amazing climate, landscape and culture.
What do you think the future of work/the global mobility industry will be?
The global mobility industry is the future and will develop more and more over the years. Flexibility will be the ‘watchword’: flexibility of workers, of working conditions, benefits and so on – and hopefully more flexibility in local legislations.
Looking at the bigger picture, global mobility means discovering something more from us – it is a voyage of understanding and interpretation of the differences between us. Global mobility is an experience that helps to build our own existing identity by enriching it with different point of views, memories and thoughts. On a higher level, the mission of global mobility is therefore not only multiculturality but interculturality. I hope that to meet the needs of the global mobility industry, new mobility ecosystems will be invented and I will hopefully still be here to experience it!
A huge thank you to Lisa for sharing her break with us! If you want to join in the conversation, let us know your thoughts via the social channels – and make sure to share this Q&A to your followers. Thanks for reading.