In this episode of Soaring with Sabre, we chat with Paweł Głocki. His journey in Sabre teaches us that success never lies in the hands of one person. It is the result of the actions and efforts of many people. And, if we act together, don’t give up, keep moving forward, it is always possible to achieve…
In your journey with Sabre for over 15 years you have changed business units and roles, which is very inspiring. Tell us how was the experience?
Indeed. It is quite close to impossible to work for 15 years in single place and all the time focus/work on in the same area. Each change was different and each time it was great opportunity to expand my current skills (both: soft and technical ones) as well as had a pleasure to work with more and more amazing and fascinating people. Thanks to each change I also could expand my horizons and had an opportunity to look at the same topic “from other side”, understand better given topics, issues, or challenges.
· What motivates you to look at different roles as you progressed in your career?
For me it was always the point in which others started to treat me as “an oracle” in given area and tried to rely on me more and more just for benefits of saving 10-15 minutes and loosing opportunity very often to grow and develop on their own. I really enjoy helping others in their professional career and observing how with little help (mentoring rather) they grow more and more surpassing myself.
· How would you advice people who want to consider internal moves like you have done?
Well, simple do it. I realize it is easier to say than done – even for me as I always keep saying: “I’m an introvert and have official paper for it” ;). But really – if you already consider a move, it means that there is a valid reason (or reasons) for it. Reasons that may be temporary or not. Reasons that somehow can be addressed (either by your or surrounding folks or not). So simple analyze it, do “a math” and decide (either stay or move – and stick to it for at least a while). IMHO there is one thing worst that bad decision – lack of it.
· What has been your biggest learning as you worked through different business teams?
There is a saying: only those who do nothing do not make mistakes. Based on my own experience, I believe that this sentence is not entirely true. The better way for that would be:
“At the end, the greatest mistakes will be made by those who stop trying to develop”. In other words: I believe it is nothing wrong in keep trying to improve/change various things around you and fail from time to time due to any reason – much worse is to stop trying and settle on the “status quo”. And that is the most important lesson that I got here.
· What’s the best part of Sabre that you like?
To be honest, that changed over years. Initially (when I was starting as an intern and later as associate developer) it was capability to play foosball (KRK champion here 😊) and work together with very skillful and experienced individuals known beyond Sabre or even Poland. Later (once I started to “climb in the hierarchy”) opportunity to test myself, my skillset, knowledge, and creativeness in various edge cases and having capability to really think out of the box and be innovative.
But if you would ask me to point just to one thing than the answer would be “people” – no matter how fun and passionate tasks or challenges are thrown at you it really does not matter if you can’t share experience of tackling them with very talented, dedicated, skillful and – shortly speaking – amazing folks.