Five years ago, I adopted an Australian Shepherd from Aussie Rescue & Placement Helpline (a national rescue group) and shortly after adopting, I started fostering for them. When we bring in a new foster dog, they always get a new name. Dogs don’t have any special affinity for their names and they can easily learn to respond to a new one. In the past, most of my foster dogs have been named after places I have lived. Seneca, Slater, Manhattan, Verona, etc. But sometimes, a special foster dog deserves a special name. A name that really fits.
Category: Nokians/Ex-Nokians (Page 2 of 3)
I joined Nokia in Australia in 1994. This was when there were only around 13,000 employees globally at the time. I had been working with an engineer from one of the local operators and he was testing Mobile Originated SMS using the only phone at the time that supported it, the 2110. He gave a couple of us within the office access to the system and he said just go for it and they will monitor the results.
During my first trip to Finland for a sales conference, I decided to see if SMS roaming would work so I sent my colleague who was visiting Auckland at the time a text message. Lo and behold, I got a reply and the conversation carried on for around 40 minutes especially after the 2110 product manager saw what I was doing and grabbed a couple more guys to witness what could have been the first global SMS conversation by 2110.
Nokia showed me the good in people, allowed and engouraged me to learn and challenge myself, and trusted me to do well.
I got to meet and know amazing people, see the world and be part of an amazing Nokia family. No matter where you landed, for a year or just for couple of days, you were among friends. It really was a mother ship with it´s own
So this story is referring back in the days way before VOIP, Skype etc. were reliable or fully functioning.
I was based in Finland but travelled frequently to Brazil for various projects.
Part of the project team were from the US so I was having frequent conference calls from Brazil to the US using a Finnish SIM card, and this was back in the day where roaming charges were not regulated in any way shape or form.
Needless to say my phone bill was sky high, but
One of the core values during my years in Nokia was especially close to my heart, it was called ‘Very human’. At some point I heard a manager wondering why this value got so low scores in the employee surveys, was it due to a lack of understanding the value?
It took me just a moment to decide, and create the ‘Very human’ group in our Nokia internal social media tool, we used Socialcast at the time. Started by inviting every colleague I knew to join the fun, I knew a few 😉
Over the years the group grew,
The Finnish pavilion at the Paris 1900 World Fair was an important national milestone. Ten years before the start of the new century, a team of 5 Finnish artists, began their work to put Finland on the Global map. The country, under Russian administration, had limited autonomy, so it was an issue of National pride to place Finland into the World Fair as a single independent entity.
They built a garage. Now days is called “Temple of the Soul of Finland” and was constructed in 1900 as a crowdsourcing effort. Sibelius didn’t have the money, so he had to travel from Helsinki to Paris by organizing concerts, gathering money and investing them back to the Temple. So beyond the bootstrapping like real start-ups, they had a mission, and they accomplish that fantastically. The Finnish pavilion is recorded in history books as “claimed the most revolutionary exhibit with its clean-cut, simple and careful details”
Fast forward in 1990 and Russia economy that supported Finland for long is collapsing. Finns are in desperate need for a breathing air. A team of 5 wonderful artists of business started another garage
It was 1999 when I had to travel for Nokia from Brussels to Bordeaux when I met my future wife in the airplane. Our first contact continued through SMS. Many messages and some flights later we got married. I left Nokia in 2002. Thanks to Nokia I discovered my talent and truly felt living among people with same values and ambition to create a mobile generation. Continuous Learning, Respect for the individual, Profitability, Customer Satisfaction were our values. Responsiveness, Empathy, Achievement, Responsibility our culture. Until today I realize how unique this was an opportunity. I cherish the moments we’ve been together. Take care.
Somebody might say: TIS YOR FOLT! Nokia’s smartphone descent started somewhere in 2008 when I jumped onboard. 🙂 iPhone was published an year earlier and Tube a.k.a. Xpress Music 5580 was under fierce pressure for publishing and sales start and development was done in my site, Oulu. Sales of smartphones were still surprisingly huge for couple of years despite opinion share wasn’t that nice.
For some reason financially a super strong company did panic with financial crisis and jumped onto brake pedal. Savings, savings, portfolio strip-down etc. We suddenly give free lane for competitors with better HW, SW and ecosystems. As an engineer being responsible for displays it was frustrating to notice
Finally this blog has given me the opportunity to share my feelings about Nokia with people who might understand it. I’m not a sad person who cannot forget or wants to live in the past; I left Nokia of my own accord. Since we all worked long hours we ended up socialising with colleagues and we had our own versions of social media (HR cafe included), we were so electronically connected. We lived in this Nokia bubble. As I grew with the company Nokia to a large extent, WAS my world and family. I thought it represented the world at large but when my (birthing) PM4 milestones were reached, I could not divide my attention between my children and work. I didn’t think it was fair to either so I made my decision to leave which was not easy but it was the right thing.
Since then I have used many of the skills that I gained at Nokia to improve other organisations and I have learned that a lot of the things we took for granted inside the company and even some of the annoying things, do not exist in the real world.
My career at Nokia spanned close to 15 years and allowed me to grow, starting out in Logistics and quickly progressing to managing teams of IT & ITIL specialists. It’s where I learned that my passion and talent was for leading and growing virtual & global teams. Nokia was more than an employer. Those you worked with were more than colleagues. Nokia was like your mother and your father rolled into one, guiding you and always encouraging you to be your best self. Nokia was where passion and innovation were encouraged. My favourite colour will always be blue.