General Manager Elena believes she joined Medtronic 'by chance' with her IT background but now knows there is a reason why she met this progressive and diverse company


Elena’s journey to becoming a Medtronic manager

Elena’s journey to becoming a Medtronic manager

It was by chance that Elena joined Medtronic with her IT background. Years later, she is in the role of General Manager/Director, Moscow, and believes that nothing happens without a reason. Elena shares her story.

Focusing on the Medtronic Mission

For Elena, a great tool that helps her to keep focus is the Medtronic Mission.

“I try to see real people and actual lives saved behind these simple words. This connection always inspires me to walk an extra mile as I know the reward will be unprecedented,” she says.

“Indeed, how many people out there can say ‘I work for a company whose product saves a human life every three seconds’? You do not need a better motivator!”

Elena says that, with the current state of country development, she lives in a very complex environment where regulations and rules change frequently.

"This instability makes our job very challenging and sometimes confusing," she explains. "I believe keeping the right focus is one of the recipes of success.”

Significant changes in healthcare

In the last decade, healthcare in Russia has been going through significant changes. As an individual, Elena can choose to wait for the changes to happen. However, as an involved citizen and a Medtronic employee who is aware of how people can benefit from revolutionary therapies and products, she prefers to drive the change.

“I can be the change,” says Elena. “It is great to see that the same philosophy is shared by my colleagues, and we are indeed a very enthusiastic and inspired team about how we make healthcare here different.”

Keeping an interest in the world around her

Elena believes that if you want to make an impact, you need to have a sincere interest in the world around you and be able to get excited about things. This interest will keep you going and make your life so much more rewarding. It will also attract great people to you who will enrich your own world.

“I was lucky to meet some great people at Medtronic. They were always ready with advice or support or a simple word of wisdom,” she says. “There are not that many corporations where executives are so accessible and ready to share their experience with younger employees. Such interaction between generations creates an encouraging culture where you also want to give in return.”

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