In the spotlight: 5 questions with Martina Brembeck
At the very heart of AxiCom is our people. They are the wise heads and young hearts that fuse experience with enthusiasm. They are the PR and marketing pros that bring tech stories to life. They are the people that embody our 3 I’s: Integrity, initiative and intelligence. But what really makes them tick? Our “In the spotlight” series helps you get to know our AxiCommers that little bit better. Today, in the hotseat we have AxiCom Germany’s Country Manager, Martina Brembeck, who has been at AxiCom for an incredible 23 years! Read on to learn Martina’s mantra, the advice she’d give to people starting their career, and what her secret passion projects are. 1.What three traits define you? Ambition, perseverance and an overriding sense of responsibility are the three traits that define my work self, while in my private life I love to be loved and so I am very sociable. I like to have fun and I try to laugh out loud at least once every day. 2.Do you have a motto or personal mantra? “What does not kill me makes me stronger.” Every experience has an upside and it´s about looking for this instead of simply accepting the downside. In my experience most tough situations have led to something better in the end. 3.People would be surprised if they knew: According to my DNA analysis I´m from Asia – and my passion beyond PR is medicine, which is why I´m a volunteer paramedic. 4.What advice would you give to colleagues starting their career? We live so long today that you are still young at 40. So, you should not believe you have to achieve everything by your mid-20s. Defocus on short-term goals in favour of focusing on the long-term. If you only look at what's immediately in front of you, you won't benefit from the bigger picture. In the workplace your line manager and co-workers will want to see your intellectual curiosity so ask questions all the time and commit to continuous education. But if you are not doing what you love, you should keep looking! Only those who are passionate about what they are doing can excel. Keep in mind that you spend the majority of your time for several decades at work. Do you really want to waste that time doing something you have to force yourself to do every day? In my experience we are only fully satisfied if we believe we are making a valuable contribution. 5.What book are you currently reading? I´m connecting reading and playing chess and so am dipping into Peter Köhler’s “Legendary Chess Games - Ingenious Moves and Spectacular Mistakes from the past 400 Years” as a means to improve my play. As a player who has always been passionate about chess, the Netflix mini-series Queen's Gambit, completely captivated me and I have unpacked my chessboard again, trying to pass on the passion for it to my four children, spending quality time with them and reading Köhler in between games.