Dite Jakupovski, Corbion
Frazer Jones is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2018. We have interviewed a series of our female clients asking them how they are pressing forward for women's gender parity #pressforprogress
Frazer Jones interviewed Dite Jakupovski, Senior Director Global Talent & Leadership Development, Corbion
If you could tell your younger self one thing what would it be and why?
To take more chances because this is when the real learning happens.
What action or decision are you most proud of making in your lifetime?
Moving internationally to pursue graduate studies.
Describe one of your failures. What lessons did you learn, and how did it contribute to a greater success?
Dedicating my ‘entire self’ to my job. This led to many strained relationships with people I cared about most. I learned the importance and value of a balanced life the hard way. My success today lies in the deeper, diverse and lasting relationships in both my professional and personal life.
If you had to start your career from scratch, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?
I would be more adventurous, take greater risks and establish mentoring relationships early.
Of the people that inspire you, what character traits do they have which you admire?
Integrity, respect and empathy.
If I were to ask people in your workplace for three adjectives that best describe you, what would they say?
Inspiring, knowledgeable and funny.
How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?
Learning new things, being creative (with others), setting goals and variety.
If you were to be a mentor to someone within your profession, what one piece of advice would you give?
Be curious and always look for unconventional ways to contribute and add value. Don’t become the stereotype, change it!
What is your personal mantra?
When you do something, do it well. Don’t compromise the integrity of what you're striving to achieve.
How is gender parity being achieved in your profession and what do you think needs to be done to press for progress?
From my experience progress is taking place, yet I still think it’s moving slowly. Like other professions, a large percentage of most senior HR practitioners are male while the profession largely has and continues to attract women.
To press for progress in HR what's needed is: (1) a paradigm shift in how HR professionals view and represent themselves, and 2) for HR practitioners to become more entrepreneurially minded, business savvy, and customer centric. Boost credibility by asking “why” more often, focusing on adding value, reacting less and importantly shunning stereotypes such as the shoemaker’s child, and being a one stop shop for Employee Relations, etc.
What would you say the top 3 skills are needed to be successful in your industry?
Cultural savviness, change agility and adaptability.
What kind of legacy do you wish to leave behind?
One of an inspiring and caring woman, daughter, sister and friend that dedicated her life to inspiring and mentoring others (one person at a time), to create more fulfilling, rewarding and memorable lives for those she touched directly and indirectly.
At the recent Golden Globes, Oprah delivered a moving speech which led to people talking about her running for president. If you had the choice to recommend a leader, who would it be and why?
Malala Yousafzai: She is young, courageous, resilient, bright, passionate, determined and above all a selfless survivor. I think she is a symbol of today’s youth and tomorrow’s future. A present reminder of what should be valued and cherished most in today’s world. She is a global ambassador giving voice to everyone, not only to some!