Monday, December 21, 2009
Andres Ubierna > www.FactorCoaching.com.ar
What do you need to be an entrepreneur?
I believe an entrepreneur needs passion for a dream. initiative, talent, patience, modesty and integrity
What did inspire you to start your business?
Making a meaningful difference during my passage through life was my main inspiration
How did you finance it?
At first, with my own resources, and with the generated income after some time.
Being Hispanic…Does it have any influence on your business?
If there is one, I can´t seem to realize what it may be
In the face of adversity, how do you decide to keep going?
Adversity encourages me to give my best. I face it with enthusiasm, knowing that I will always be able to grow thanks to it. Adversity is a temporary state, it always comes to an end. What is really important is what I can make of it
What is the biggest challenge your business has faced?
The greatest challenge was putting together a work team that shares the same dream and that is highly committed to stand by the same values. From that starting point trying to create a context that favours and encourages the professional, economical and personal growth of each member of my team.
If you could change one thing about your business, what would it be?
The present name of my company is Factor Coaching ( the Coaching Factor) This name has generated an identity in the market, but it doesn´t always reflect all that we do.
What was your childhood ambition?
My greatest ambition was helping people in pain. There was a time in my life when I wanted to be a doctor, but I finally chose Engineering, and this career became my profession. Later on, as an adult, I plunged into the study of philosophy and psychology
Tell us about three entrepreneurs that you admire
Steve Jobs, for his ability to overcome adversity, for his achievements and the outstanding quality of Apple products.
Walt Disney, for his dream and his talent to make it come true.
My brother, Martin Ubierna, Founder of Farocapital http://www.farocapital.com/, for his courage and professionalism.
For business meetings: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
What sacrifices on your personal life did you have to make in order to become a business success?
My professional life is completely entwined with my work life. I enjoy my work fully, and the happiness I experience in my job is one of the greatest gifts I can bestow on my friends and loved ones. Whatever pain or sacrifice I may come across in the path I´ve chosen, is redeemed in the joy that I find in what I do.
What is your favorite quote?
There are many, the one I can think now is the following: "Hate does not put an end to hate, love does. This is an ancient law of the universe"
Is it difficult to be unconventional?
During the first stages of an unconventional enterprise, the biggest challenge I had to face was not to lose faith and to follow my heart. Even if had no rational awareness of the reasons lying behind some decisions. I had to learn to answer to fear with love.
Innovation may be considered as a threat by many who sometimes raise their voices in contempt but other times lead accurate and well fundamented attacks.
I also had to learn to balance the pressure between what others say and that in what I believe. In this process I had to be careful not to be too hard on myself. Simultaneously, choosing a course of action that is not originated in the desire to prove others wrong, but in the commitment to my own dream.
Biggest mistake made?
I don´t know which one is the biggest. What I can say, is that I have learned a great deal from them all and the ones that caused me great pain are the ones I am most grateful for.
Do you consider yourself an innovator? Why?
I am passionate about listening to people´s needs and then design a special plan to tend to those needs. I feel a boost of enthusiasm when faced to what is new and unexplored
About the Company:
Factor Coaching is a specialized consultancy based in Argentina, founded by Andres Ubierna , that devotes itself to giving the best suited solutions to challenges in the organizational development of their regional clients. Leadership, cultural change, improvement of engagement, team work, executive coaching, talent are some of the areas in which we specialize. Our associates have more than 15 years of experience. During this period we have designed and facilitated about 400 projects in 100 companies, working with more than 10,000 executives in Procter&Gamble, Oracle, Microsoft, Bimbo, Coca-cola, Chandon, Amex, Citibank, among many others. Our blog is Puerto Managers : http://andresubierna.com/
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