George is a Dialectica Vice President in our Client Services team, for EMEA Strategy Consulting clients. He is Dialectica’s very first employee since it was founded in 2015. George manages a business unit consisting of 9 teams with over 40 employees.
Can you tell us more about your background and how you decided to apply at Dialectica?
I graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece where I completed my bachelors in Physics. Afterwards, I decided to pursue my artistic side and lived in Los Angeles for 1.5 years where I studied music. When I returned to Greece, I joined KPMG for an auditing project, while also teaching physics and maths at Khan Academy where we provided a free, world-class education through video generation. During my employment at Khan Academy, I decided to start my MBA as I was eager to further explore the business world and that was when the Khan Academy Director introduced me to one of the Dialectica Founders. I completed two interviews with both Founders, George Tsarouchas and Frederick Corkett respectively, without having a deep knowledge and understanding of the expert network industry and managed to secure the job — somehow! The rest is history.
What is the most interesting and the most challenging thing about working here?
Since Day 1, the most interesting and the most challenging thing about working at Dialectica is that no days are the same — in terms of challenges, new experiences and new responsibilities. There is always something new to learn. This can be challenging as you always have a lot on your plate, but I feel this is what enables us to really push our limits and truly develop as professionals and individuals.
What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?
- Exposure to Talented People — from the Founders to the Vice Presidents to the Analysts. Everyone at Dialectica is talented and comes with a unique background and set of experiences that have enabled our growth and make us truly diverse as an organization.
- Fast Career Development — At my first interview, I had no clue where my career would go with Dialectica. The fast growth, trust, and ability to take on responsibilities early has gotten me to where I am today, which is something I love about this company.
- Ownership of Results — There is a cultivated mentality of owning the outcomes of your work and really driving results. This has really been instrumental in my own growth and success in the business, and instrumental in our overall success and growth.
The skills I have gained in the last 4 years, from lead generation, prioritization, account management, and most importantly management skills — specifically being able to understand and guide 40+ people, what motivates them and how to help them achieve their best, is one of the main benefits of working at Dialectica.
What are your thoughts about the company’s vision and direction, and your role in helping us achieve them?
The company’s vision is quite clear — we want to innovate how business professionals share knowledge and be one of the best knowledge sharing platforms worldwide with offices in Europe, the U.S and Asia. My role is to help enable this strategy by attracting and developing top talent while ensuring we grow commercially. This might sound like a grandiose contribution, I believe everyone at Dialectica plays a pivotal role in achieving our vision — we are all business builders!
What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a job with us?
Just do it! Always be open to new challenges. There is no wrong or right answer so always speak your mind confidently. Be ambitious and energetic!
What’s a typical day in the office for you?
8:30 am: I usually wake up, drink an espresso and briefly check my emails and agenda to catch up on my tasks for the day.
10:30 am: My teams have their morning meeting where they discuss the status of their projects and set the rhythm for the day. I usually monitor morning meetings to see whether there is a project I should be helping out with or whether there is a new manager that needs my guidance.
11:00 am: I look into my teams data and numbers to keep up with their progress and align with Managers on actions to be taken. I usually set up short weekly catch ups with Managers to quickly discuss the teams’ progress.
12:00–2:00 pm: Usually around this time I have an interview with a potential new hire scheduled and this lasts about 1 hour. Afterwards, I spend some time with the other interviewer and the Talent Acquisition team to discuss feedback on the candidate’s performance.
3:00 pm: Around lunchtime, the teams have another quick catch up to see how everyone is doing. Afterwards, I take a 30’ break to eat my lunch and casually discuss with some colleagues.
5:00 pm: Generally, there will be a training scheduled around this time ,which I either attend or deliver myself. This could be a session for our onboarding bootcamp or an L&D program for research analysts and/or managers.
6:00–8:00 pm: The majority of my evening is spent in management meetings where we discuss budgeting, company processes and procedures. At this point, I will also take some time to align with the other VPs, exchanging opinions on various matters.
My day can be total chaos but I always look forward to it. Given that I am the first employee, I have seen the company grow from scratch and feel attached and empowered with what we have accomplished so far and this alone is self motivating.
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