Employee Spotlight: Nina Janssen

How long have you been with grosse-hornke? What is your role on your team?

I have started to work for grosse-hornke in October 2020. It became clear pretty quickly that I was particularly enthusiastic about project and transformation management. What I find especially exciting about transformation management is the area of behavioral change within an organization.

What initially interested you about our company? What do you enjoy about working here?

To be completely honest, I had not initially seen myself in consulting. What convinced me about grosse-hornke and what I still appreciate today is the team spirit, the open feedback and communication culture and the chance to take on responsibility from day one. “Own it, drive it” – I think that sums it up pretty well.

What are some of the common challenges facing your clients?

Connecting the dots! With multiple workstreams ongoing within a program, it can be difficult for internal staff to take a step back from the daily workflow and see the interfaces between individual projects. However, making these connections can be fundamental to guaranteeing success. Above all, the importance of transformation management and the creation of transparency towards the affected departments often falls by the wayside. And that’s why they have me on board 😉.

What was your dream job as a child and what has your journey been like to arrive where you are today?

As a child, I always wanted to turn my passion for baking into a career and become a baker. However, my dad, who took this path, successfully talked me out of it. Today, I am happy to have landed in consulting, and especially in project and transformation management. No day is like the other – you’re in a constant learning process, which almost categorically rules out a daily grind.

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What did you study at university and how has it been relevant to your role at grosse-hornke?

I studied Marketing and International Business for my Bachelor’s Degree and International Marketing and Sales for my Masters. The international orientation of my degrees makes it easier for me to embrace an intercultural customer environment today. From my Sales and Marketing background, I was able to learn valuable principles in the area of Customer Behavior and Customer Management. But above all, the Masters program not only prepared me professionally for my current job, but also taught me how to organize myself, prioritize tasks and practice good time management.

What piece of advice would you give to an aspiring management consultant?

Feedback from experienced consultants is always an opportunity, not a criticism. Soak it up and learn from it.

How do you like to spend your free time/unwind?

Even though I didn’t end up pursuing a professional baking career, I never lost my passion for it. To offset the increased cake consumption, I like to go swimming, running and cycling.

I also enjoy reading crime novels and salsa dancing, although not very well! Traveling is also something I love. Preferably to Spanish-speaking countries to subject the locals to my Spanish.

What good books have you read lately?

Human Kind – A Hopeful History (German: Im Grunde gut) by Rutger Bregman. I am someone who first believes in the good in people and gives them the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, in today’s world, I often find myself disillusioned. Yet this book has helped me to restore confidence in our fellow human beings and societies.

2022-05-16, grosse-hornke

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