who we are

Kirill Golubev

Kirill Golubev

While packing before a journey what can’t be missing in your backpack?

Swiss multitool, pen and a notebook

What was the most impactful, trasformational experience you had, professionally or private? Why?

The most important personal and professional experience which transformed me completely was the implementration of socially significant project LinguaLink of Generations – language exchange between old people in nursing homes and students studying languages all over the world. Is was the first true leadership exerience for me when I was coaching and mentoring an international team of project ambassadors, responsible for the implementation of the project in their territories. I had no formal power over them so my leadership style was completely servant-leader oriented. I’ve witnessed how pro-active and creative may people be guided by purpose not by orders and control

List three values on which you base your actions and your life.

  • Integrity: being open and honest with myself and people around me.

  • Minimalism and Pareto rule: in the most situations I prefer to concentrate on stuff which brings the most value. Both personally and professionally.

  • Kindness and compassion: I always try to understand the real reasons which moves people, and avoid any condemnation as people are tend to change all the time.

What is it in your job that you enjoy the most?

I like to see the value of the processes in place, when people actively participate and improve their processes even without my help, only with guidance. Also I really enjoy building strong interpersonal relations based not only on professional but also on personal interests. Its always more interesting and joyful to work with friends not only with professionals. After all we are all people.

What episode related to your profession would you like everyone to know about? How do you think it can help other colleagues and why?

The lesson I learned while switching from project manager role to Scrum master. When I was PM I mostly consider myself as a professional and treated my colleagues accordingly. Starting my job as a Scrum master I followed the same routine in the beginning, but then realized that the teams I worked with didn’t show any openness and courage in daily work and retrospectives, which strongly hindered team development. From that moment of I started building warm personal relationship with team members first, and it lead to the awesome level of transparency and safe team environment.

Add a personal anecdote, the kind you’d put at the bottom of your résumé – or at the beginning, depending on your point of view – under hobbies and interests.

Experienced adventurer, open to new cultures and traditions, language lover.