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Strive for Excellence: Julia Manke

Julia is a woman who aligned her profession to her passion and transitioned from McKinsey to the recruitment space. She believes that it is people who make an organisation; for any organisation to be successful the team needs to be right. 

It is not often you meet someone who values individuals genuinely as 'assets' for an organisation, not merely employees. I have so much respect for Julia and her drive to help people find happiness in their career.

Read on to know more about her as an individual, a professional and a business leader. 

Tell us a little about yourself.  What do you do professionally?

I am in the business of recruitment.  I started Fingertips in 2005 and we hire for critical roles across sectors/domains.    I enjoy  the prospect of bringing in that key profile to an organization as amongst other things it  also allows me to get to know various businesses, leaders and their working style from close quarters.  

Besides work, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy most simple pleasures but I particularly  enjoy travelling, reading and live theatre.  I’ve unabashedly consumed all the plays that National Theatre Live has been streaming due to this lockdown. 

Is there any childhood instance that has shaped you?

While there is no one seminal instance as such I can now look back and appreciate that I gravitated towards people, events or things that had a certain rigor.  For e.g., At a very young age,  I was very fascinated with the way my mother would chop vegetables/onions whilst cooking, I would watch animatedly at the precision and tried to emulate her.  To date, I cook not as well but I am told, I chop like a chef!  I feel I unknowingly appreciated exactness and aspire for it in some sense in most things (and needless to say, at times I succeed and at times not).

What does success mean to you?

I think being excellent at what you do. That satisfaction is unparalleled. I’ve always believed external validation will happen (often, though not necessarily always) but one should strive for excellence with every piece of work and that truly happens only if you enjoy what you do.  

What traits would you recommend young women to develop to be able to succeed in today’s world?

Be kind, embrace simplicity, and be confident.  I think the value of being simple is underrated.

Ethiko salutes the spirit of a self-driven woman!