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17 and a Half Questions With Andrea Steverding

We ask inspiring people 17 and a half questions. This week we have Andrea Steverding, the Director, Head of Marketing & Communications at Oliver Wyman! She shares thrilling insights on how to be creative, her take on remote work and how crucial it is for her to be surrounded by level-headed people

This article is also available in German

1. What I like about my job

My job is very varied, dynamic and I am surrounded by many smart people in my environment with whom I have a pleasure to work. In addition, my tasks change significantly every three to five years. All of this thrills me.

2. What sometimes frustrates me

I am not that easily frustrated. But when I realize that I am working more internally than externally, I quickly move in a different direction and sort things out.

3. My secret alternative job

At the age of 14 I was firmly convinced that I would become a journalist.

4. Best strategy to survive a really bad day at the office

Leave the office very quickly. Fortunately, I can work almost everywhere. That was the case even before the pandemic.

5. When are you in the famous flow

This is generally more likely to happen in the afternoon and can last a long time. Germans like to distinguish between owls and larks. I am the owl that is forced to start early.

6. Biggest success so far

In major crises I am very tough and adapt quickly.

7. Biggest defeat

What comes to my mind are mainly the goodbyes of people. Losing great team members or separating with close people due to a fight is what I perceive as defeat.

8. Worst buzzword

Agile.

9.  Best reward after a hard week at work

The greatest reward for me is quiet: Time with art, literature, in nature and with people are level-headed.

10. Home office or in-house

What I like most is the mixture: 50 percent each.

11.  Most important traits a colleague/business partner must have

I appreciate reliability and honesty – preferably combined with a good sense of humor.

12. Your creative hack

Creativity works best for me when I pause and switch off all external stimuli. I call that: I need to take a quick breather. Preferably outside.

13. First website to check in the morning

For me this is not a website, but my Twitter app.

14. Favorite digital tool

Smartphone.

15. In which book or series have you learned the most for your (work) life?

I have not learned for my (working) life mostly from a book or series. It was rather people – role models, mentors and journalists.

16. Which series, book or podcast can you generally recommend?

In the evening I like to listen to Linda Zervakis’ podcast ‘Gute Deutsche’. In the morning I get inspired by ‘It’s about leadership’ by Jo Kristof. And as a book I recommend Adam Grant: ‘Geben und Nehmen’ on why egoists don’t always win and helpful people get ahead.

17. Most prominent follower on a social channel?

I have not yet reached the point where Barack Obama follows me. When the time comes, I will let you know.

17 and a half: What have always…

…interested me: When will F10 also publish in German? I cannot answer this question. I know that I know nothing.

F10’s Note: Dear Andrea, to answer your question: Just click on the German flag 🙂

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