Martin Dvořák, the man who leads Czech Bizerba
Publikováno: 5. 12. 2017
“Life is too short – make sure you use your time wisely and have nothing to regret it at the end.” Good advises, early role models and his addiction to sports influenced him early. His dedication to his approach shaped Martin to the person he is today.
Martin Dvořák grew up in a small town, about one hour from Prague. Like all kids, he spend his time playing in parks, nearby fields, and having his first difficulties at school. Additionally, he always wanted to become garbage man, explaining that he found it cool, to hang on those huge trucks and drive through the streets. Working at the office was out of question – he never understood how people could end up like this. Totally boring and clueless.
At the age of six, Martin discovered sports as his new passion: hockey, kayaking, etc. “If you train hard, you improve and get better and better. It’s the same in the working life. If you work hard, one day you will get something out of it.” His role models were athletes: “The first time you win is ultimate joy. After you tasted this joy, you want more and more”. He always looked up to those who succeeded and tried to copy them. Therefore, one can say that this early passion to sports mold and shaped him to the leader he is today.
Initially, Martin started his career in a small software company as a salesperson. During his career, he spend 8 years in the US. Living and working in a foreign country brings both benefits and new difficulties. In his first two years, he had to deal with completely different environment, language, culture and values. “I’ve learned how to work in completely new environment: diverse people, different, beliefs and behaviors.” This accomplishment shaped significantly his career. “The begging was hell. I was not sure that I’m going to make it.”
Currently, Martin Dvořák is the managing director of Bizerba Czech & Slovakia. Keeping the balance between career and private life is an everyday-challenge – everything is about setting the right priorities. His day starts with bringing his children to kindergarten, having teleconferences or calls from the car and then getting to the office with a lot of subsequent meetings. Evenings and nights is usually the only possible time to get his mailbox under control. “There are barriers that I’m not willing to cross. I’m not a believer that it’s the most effective way to spend 15 hours at the office, every day. At some point, you have to believe in your team and face the every-day reality. My private life and my family is very important for me and helps me to keep my head above the water”