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Let’s Meet Stephan Weinhold…

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Hailing from Salzburg, Austria, Stephan Weinhold is a project manager and agile coach in the cooperative banking sector. He takes a Buddhistic approach to the work, and believes constant challenge is what we signed up for and how we grow.

Stephan, how did you get into project management? In high school I started making websites; in 2000 I moved to Vienna and founded an agency there. After a couple of months—and a lot of “experimental learning”—I figured out that “Do what you love” won’t make sense for me. So, I followed the “Be so good they can’t ignore you” path and et voilà: I am in project management. And I haven’t regretted my decision once since. Ok, that was a lie.

What do you love most about the work? I love that I am working a lot with people from different cultures, backgrounds, motivations, work ethics, professions—different everything. On the other hand, I can spend some hours working on my own, if I feel the need to. And I love the challenge. I know that sounds like a motivational poster, but you cannot grow without constant challenge. Every good project manager is a tiny “eager beaver” deep inside, I think. Our profession gives us many possibilities to live that out.

What do you find most challenging or frustrating? Nothing, seriously. Of course, there are situations every day where I feel the urge to ride on a horse while screaming and wielding a giant battle axe above my head. But for me, solving these situations is a huge part of our job. So I just shrug my shoulders and start working. If you stop taking work-related things personal, you will have a better life. Trust me.

What's your proudest professional achievement? At some point I learned to stop taking myself and my role so important. 

What's the best piece of advice you've received or can share? View things Buddhistic. If it bothers you, change it. If you cannot change it, come to terms with it. If you cannot come to terms with it, pack your things and move on. 

How has helped you in your work and career? There are so many great project managers writing so many great and inspiring articles … asking and answering questions in the forum, which constantly gives me new thoughts while writing … communicating with all that people that know so much about our profession … playing PMchallenge

What interests or hobbies do you have outside work? I love spending time with my family and friends. I love writing, fiction and nonfiction. I used to play basketball—I’m 5.77, but it turned out to be enough here in Austria. I am playing tennis every now and then. I have two energetic kids, so time is rare. I like playing guitar—I am a trained musician. I listen to music a lot—classical music, of course; Jazz, Progressive, Death Metal, Rap. I read a lot, always several books parallel—a bit of project management, James Lee Burke, a bit of management and agility, Thomas Bernhard.

Favorite TV show, artist or movie? The Wire. More recently, I really liked Fleabag. Right now, I am spending a lot of time with Paw Patrol.  [Music:] Deftones. Plini. Beethoven.

Best vacation? Always the upcoming one.

Thank you Stephan!

To connect with Stephan, visit his profile.

Posted by Aaron Smith on: November 12, 2019 05:54 PM | Permalink

Comments (17)

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Nice to virtually meet you Stephan. I always enjoy reading your blogs, you do a great job. Keep them coming - Cheers !

Dear Aaron

Interesting this interview with Stephan Weinhold

Thanks for sharing

Let me congratulate you on the idea of ​​creating this category: "Let's Meet" and the interviewees you select

Stephan, thank you for sharing your experience thoughts.
What I take from your words is life as a project manager is dynamic and full of challenges. On the other hand, we need a point where we rest and reflect in ourselves. Especially in the agile world, I realize that we have to find a counter-pole to the dynamics, for example through Buddhism, meditation, contemplation, ... I'm still looking for a good way.

Thanks Aaron for the Q&A with Stephan.

Great. Thanks for sharing your story, Stephan. Appreciate the experiences and insights shared.

Thank you Stephan and Aaron. Indeed we need to foster a eager beaver in us to build organizational curiosity and drive learning.

Wonderful session. Thanks a lot Stephan and Aaron !!

Aaron, thank you for introducing us to Stephan – I love these posts and getting to know my peers in a different way.

Stephan – thank you for sharing and you live in such a beautiful part of the world – one I hope to visit one day! I appreciate your advice, the colorful picture you painted about challenging situations and how this site has helped your work and career. We are currently living with our kids while building our home and I have 2 adorable grandchildren who love Paw Patrol – I could relate.

Thanks Aaron for Introducing Stephan & sharing Interview....

What a nice guy! I hope to have the opportunity to meet him live.

Nice to meet you, Stephan.

It's make sense for your experimental lesson..

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Stephan. The people we engage with do make a difference in how we value our work.

Thank you Stephan for sharing your experience.

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