Getting to Know

Getting To Know Giuseppe Leone — Lead of Learning and Organisational Development at Blacklane

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Getting To Know Giuseppe Leone — Lead of Learning and Organisational Development at Blacklane

How did your career start?

My career started ten years ago in London with an internship in HR. I immediately realised that working in People & Culture was something I wanted to do. The job involves people's development and supporting others do their work, which at the end of the day, makes me feel fulfilled. Later on, I ended up sending an application to a German recruiting company for a role in Berlin — I took the plunge and moved to the city.

What's your typical morning routine like?

I wake up and practice some sitting meditation for 20 minutes. Then, I have my first, well-appreciated cup of coffee, which goes in pair with my Italian nationality. When I get to work, I don’t turn on my computer right away. First, I write down the most important things I want to achieve that day on a piece of paper.

Can you explain your role in the company?

My main purpose is to build strong and inspired teams. I'm currently working on three topics:

  1. Organisational development, especially about establishing an open and constructive feedback culture across the entire organisation.
  2. Leadership development. I'm currently building a program that I'd like to see running to support the leaders of Blacklane, enhancing their self-awareness, and leadership skills.
  3. People and team development. Supporting everyone in their learning journey, both in a personal and professional way.

What's the most exciting thing about your job?

My job gives me a lot of inspiration. If we create the right context, we can make talent flourish. I love the fact that I can connect brilliant minds and allow them to make their ideas a reality. This connection feels like magic to me.

What challenges do you face at your work?

We are developing everything from scratch and we can face resistance from the status quo, but that makes my job even more exciting.

What's on your work playlist?

Chopin and Satie. They give me harmony and a sense of peace. On Fridays — Tupac, he prepares me for the weekend in the right spirit.

Is there a book that had an impact on your career?

A book — Michael End, The Neverending Story. People are often afraid to simply be themselves. For me, it’s important to know my own limits and be aware if they are real ones or if they just live in my imagination. This book enabled me to stretch my dreams and imagination.

What would you suggest to someone seeking a new job?

The world is too full of people doing a job that they don't like — the suggestion is to try hard to find the job you're going to love — there's no other way around it.