Last December, we held our Globe Award ceremony, in which we celebrated the work of key workers within our team. We have already introduced you to the winners, but now it’s time to dive deep so as we get to know them a little better. To get started, we chose one of our Hidden Champions: Erik Hoyer.
Erik joined the company 4 years ago, and he is located in Graz, Austria, where he works as a project manager. He has carefully managed every project he’s been in charge of, so he often works on-site. Hoyer was awarded for being an inspiration for his team due to his extensive expertise, experience, and also for his constant good mood, and dry sense of humour. The team appreciates the way he always has everything under control, ensuring the projects run smoothly. That’s only possible because he is extremely accurate and dedicated.
By the way, we recorded a short video showing our workshop in Graz where you can often see Erik around; check it out.
Let’s get to know Erik:
CI: What do you do? What is your role in your team?
EH: As a project manager, I am the interface between the customer, our management, our team working on the project, and the installation personnel on-site. My job is to get the best out of all colleagues (including me) and thus deliver an optimal result for the customer.
CI: What makes you a Hidden Champion?
EH: 1. Always be aware that a team leader can only be as good as his team.
2. You need to know who to rely on and who to control
3. Knowing one’s own limits.
CI: What skills does a Project Manager need to have?
EH: Keeping an overview, sharing experience, and staying calm.
EH: When the roof is on fire, and I have to play firefighter
- Don’t complain about problems, but create solutions
CI: What’s your most-used productivity hack?
EH: ToDo lists (also on paper) and photo documentation, screenshots –> pictures are international
CI: What is your next big project/plan/goal?
EH: We are currently manufacturing an oil purification plant for the leading global supplier of bearings in our workshop in Graz. At the beginning of March, the plant will be shipped to Mexico and in April/May we will finalize and commission the plant on site.
CI: Was there any work-related situation that made you smile or that got you inspired?
EH: Fortunately, my work often makes me smile. Otherwise, I would have changed my goals long ago. It’s always inspiring to see what technology can do and create.
CI: Are you a coffee or tea person?
CI: What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?
EH: Family, sailing yacht, books
Erik, congratulations on your award! We are curious to see your new projects. In March, we are back to introduce another Globe Award winner.