MIMMI GOUDE, TRADE COMMISSIONER IN NORWAY
WHAT HAS YOUR CAREER PATH WITHIN BUSINESS SWEDEN LOOKED LIKE?
I started as an associate at the Swedish Trade Council (now Business Sweden) in Oslo 2006, and quite soon I was given responsibility to manage our governmental assignment, which today is called Basic Export Services. Soon I was also supporting companies that wanted to register and establish a company in Norway a very important service to Swedish companies and to our business. My first years at Business Sweden were a fantastic school for learning about Swedish industrial and commercial life, trade issues and project management. And it still is!
2009 I as promoted to Project Manager and in 2010 I needed a change in my career and applied for a position as Project Manager in Santiago, Chile. My two years in Chile were interesting, intense and a bit turbulent, but it taught me a lot, most of all about myself and my capabilities. Among other things, I learned that you face different challenges in different countries and cultures something but that it always boils down to finding solutions to the challenges that arises
I returned to Oslo in 2012 and continued as a senior project manager, managing our strategic work and our project delivery. And then last year, the opportunity to become manager and Trade Commissioner in Norway arose and I took it! I am now managing a fantastic team in Oslo and together we are developing new strategies for how to intensify trade relations and business between “the world’s best neighbours”.
HOW CAN A DAY AS A TRADE COMMISSIONER LOOK LIKE?
Being manager is about listening, communicating, leading, inspiring and constantly making decisions, big and small. Every day you make new contacts and uphold existing contacts and relationships to make sure that you and your team is supporting Swedish companies in the best way possible. Meeting people filled with ideas and passion for making business and growing Sweden is a fantastic part of the job. As manager, you also have to be aware and present to give advice and support but without being controlling and letting the employees feel left out. I believe it is important to involve the team as much as possible in the business strategies and goals in order for them to feel ownership and understand why their work is important to themselves, the organization and to our mission to help Swedish companies reach their full potential in Norway and around the world.
Sometimes it is hard work to be manager but having the “the best job ever” makes it all easier.
HOW SHOULD YOU BE AS A PERSON IN ORDER TO FIT IN AT BUSINESS SWEDEN?
I believe that being curious, open minded and prestigeless is essential to do what we do at Business Sweden. It is important to be interested in learning and understanding complicated situations and having the will and ability to convey the knowledge obtained to others. I’m so very happy that I have so many fantastic colleagues around the world who teach me something new every day!