Founder & CTO
 at 
vialytics
   

What personal habit or behavior helped you accelerate your personal growth?

I once received a quirky compliment from an Investor: “Achim, you are not afraid to ask questions that make you look stupid." I lean into that a lot now because many things that people take for granted don’t have a reason to be the way they are.

What was a pivotal moment where your business made a big leap forward?

In year 5, we hired our first CRO (Chief Revenue Officer) from the US. The mindset shift from having an American leader is incredible. He dared us and our Board of Investors to think bigger. He boosted our confidence and reminded us to be proud of who we are.

What book do you recommend the most?

"The Almanac of Naval Ravikant" -- It’s dense, deep and unpretentious. I find these are rare qualities in business books.

What should leaders understand about their own role and responsibility?

Leadership is far less glamorous than people think. In the end it is a service to your Team. They are stars of the show, you’re just cheering them on.

What do you do to maintain balance in your life?

I love woodworking and power tools. Nothing like a screaming table saw to pull your attention away from work and into the moment.

What’s your favorite ritual or meeting in your team?

Once a year we gather the whole team for our three day off-site event. I love working remotely for efficiency, but to fuel up on social energy, this is the meeting I need.

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