Dr. Marco Jenzsch (year of birth: 1978) studied bioprocess engineering at the Martin Luther University in Halle and received his doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) at the Institute of Bioprocess Engineering of the MLU. Since 2006 he has been working for the pharmaceutical company Roche in Penzberg, Upper Bavaria, and since 2016 he has been the head of the Diagnostics Division's biotechnological feedstock production for in vitro diagnostic tests.
Which three characteristics do you need most frequently in your position?
- Empathy to inspire people,
- Courage to consciously take risks and
- A firm will and perseverance to implement necessary decisions and changes.
What's the best advice anyone's ever given you? Where did this advice come from?
"Remember that your professional life is a marathon, so don't start it as a 100-meter sprint!" The advice came from my mentor in my first leadership role.
What is the best advice you can give?
Walk the talk, and talk the walk!
– be authentic by doing what you say: no empty promises! And always explain what you are doing: your decisions, your motivations and also your fears and worries that you may have.
What mistake should a boss never make? Do good bosses make mistakes at all?
Believing he or she is irreplaceable! Of course, bosses make mistakes, because whoever works and moves something will also make mistakes. Openly and honestly dealing with mistakes turns them into lasting learning experiences.
Innovation means for you, …
… having the courage to consciously go other ways and also endure resistance.
A friend of yours is not sure if he has what it takes to be the boss. What three questions should he ask himself in order to make a decision?
- Do I have a general interest in other people?
- Am I a good listener and can I accept other opinions as solutions?
- Is it difficult for me to make "unpopular" decisions?
Jack Welch says: "There's no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences." Do you agree?
I have a fundamental problem with this distinction between "work" and "life", as if one were not part of the other. My family has top priority, so the term "balance" is inappropriate for me and has unhealthy expectations. Of course, my job also requires a high workload, which sometimes limits my time for family, friends and hobbies. However, if you really enjoy your job, then these phases can be "endured" very well.
Do you have a gadget that you wouldn't want to do without?
On business trips (mostly in the USA) I like to have breakfast together with my family by having them sitting at the table via FaceTime.
A friend calls and wants to meet you for dinner at 7:30pm. When would the next free date be in your calendar?
I regularly meet with friends for dinner, so the date is not likely to be cancelled due to my availability.
Managers get time off too, don't they? What does your ideal holiday look like?
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