Enjoy What You Do and Keep an Entrepreneurial Mindset
For our 50th anniversary, we set up a blog series where long-term CTG employees reveal what the ultimate lesson is that they have learned from working in the IT industry. This week Michael De Bode, Senior Validation Specialist at CTG Belgium for more than eight years, explains his ultimate lesson learned.
At CTG, we have a few values that we strongly believe in. One of them results in being flexible. My colleague, Wim Goeleven, already wrote a blog post about this topic earlier. Next to this value, CTG has some other strong principles we believe in. I want to emphasize two other CTG core values that we consider very important at CTG Belgium: “Enjoy What We Do” and “Embrace an Entrepreneurial Mindset.”
“Enjoy What We Do” means that it is very important to keep a positive working attitude. It makes such a difference if you try to see the good aspects of your job. For example, I drive almost 250 kilometers (about 155 miles for my United States colleagues) every day for my job, and I would not be able to carry on if I did not enjoy what I do. CTG actively tries to encourage a positive working attitude by organizing fun, informal team meetings and events, such as participating in a dance workshop, a weekend together in the Belgian Ardennes, or organizing a Secret Santa gift for Christmas.
These initiatives are important for having fun, but also for building our team chemistry and keeping our people connected. Connection is especially important, as many of us work at client sites. Even at the client site, field managers often try to organize something informal for CTG colleagues to enhance the workplace and boost team spirit, such as having lunch together, an evening drink, or even just a small break at the coffee machine.
In addition, at CTG we also believe that it is crucial to “Embrace an Entrepreneurial Mindset.” We truly encourage people to take the initiative and look for opportunities. We want them to share ideas that might result in interesting proposals. These initiatives might lead in different directions, but there is no wrong direction. They will learn to improve themselves and will result in further development of their knowledge and experience.
I also believe that, when you enjoy what you do, eventually this will also lead you to an entrepreneurial mindset. Those with a positive mindset often spot new opportunities quickly. And when you create good, new opportunities, you will be more positive about your job.
So, these two core values that CTG considers very important are most definitely related and are key values in my life, and a strong lesson I’ve learned in my time at CTG.