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Adam Wesolowski, VP of Growth at Airalo

Adam Wesolowski is the VP of Growth at Airalo. Adam leads his remote team towards the company mission of providing unlimited connectivity to those who need it most, while at the same time, cutting down roaming costs with eSIMS. Adam recently shared with us his secrets to success and which daily habits he swears by, to keep himself at the top of his game. 👇

Explain a little about your role at Airalo, and what a typical workday looks like for you

I’m responsible for making sure that - first of all -we can reach out to potential customers with our value proposition and second of all - make sure that their experience is tip top and they will come back to the app when they travel.

I live in Poland and the majority of my team is in Singapore, so I start my day with daily updates via video call and picking up tasks where the team left them. I also run through my communication tools (email, Slack) and I spend the rest of my day doing deep work, strategic planning or on calls with other stakeholders or external partners.

Describe the layout and feel of your personal workspace

My personal workspace is extremely important to me and the proper setup lets me focus. I have had one setup for a few years now which is: 15 inch MacBook, 24-inch monitor (I need two screens to be efficient), a Logitech wireless mouse, and good headphones. There’s also one thing that I enjoy a lot and lets me break for a moment - a big window next to my desk with a view of my small garden (trees). And I drink lots of coffee.

What are some of your non-negotiable routines? Ones that you believe make you a more successful leader?

After my son was born I stopped working on weekends, which was an impossible task before as I loved catching up with things I didn’t manage to finish during weekdays. It was hard at the beginning but I got used to it and now it’s the other way around - weekends spent with my family give me the energy and necessary headspace, which allows me to keep the creativity going. On top of that you have to keep your body in shape, so I try to exercise as much as possible.

What are some mistakes you've made in your career that others could learn from?

I wanted too much, too soon, I was changing jobs too often because I thought the “opportunity” was there. I observe this constantly in the industry, which is “hot” and you can easily change jobs and earn good money even without being properly experienced or knowledgeable. As a word of advice, always do what you love to do, always work with the people you want to work with and money will come.

What's one of the #1 struggles you've needed to overcome when managing your remote team?

There’s no transition of tacit knowledge - you have to document everything, build up playbooks, operating procedures, and systems - this takes time and resources.

Which tools, habits, beliefs do you live and work by that allow you to overcome the struggles of working remotely?

I try to change my working environment from time to time (you should try to work from a co-working space or the nearest Starbucks at least once a week) and exercise in the morning - it’s setting me up positively for the rest of the day to come!

How do you limit distractions while working from home?

It’s indeed difficult, but these are a few things I do:

  • I try to build my weekly routine, so I know what I will do on Monday, Tuesday, etc - it’s easier to plan your not work-related stuff then as well.
  • I always work with my music and headphones on, so I can cut myself off and create this sort of a “bubble”.
  • I try to schedule “deep work” hours, where I don’t check my email or Slack and focus on actual work.
  • I love the Pomodoro Technique, which is my secret to real focus - I use it only with the tasks that need the most focus from me.

Is there one particular podcast or youtube channel that you can't stop listening to?

Most recently - I've been listening to this one, GO FIGURE BY GOJEK. It's really interesting and touches various aspects of growing companies and teams.

If you could be doing anything else than what you're doing, what would it be?

I’d probably be a baker or a cook

Who would you like to nominate and recognize as a successful leader?

I was lucky enough to meet a few great entrepreneurs and leaders during my career, but I recently had a great opportunity to work with Bahadir - CEO of Airalo, who is a true visionary and an inspiring person.

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We'd like to thank Adam Wesolowski from Airalo, for sharing with us his tips for success while working remotely. If you'd like us to feature you and your team, feel free to reach out to us by leaving a comment on this post. 👇