Curious. Passionate. Insightful.
Christina joined Blue Beyond as a consultant in 2013. She received a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in German from SFSU. Christina also studied Russian and started a Master’s in Post-Soviet Studies at London School of Economics. Her work experience includes leading major change initiatives at Gap International, Dunhill, and Smythson. Christina is passionate building effective and engaging teams. She offers expertise in leading organizational change, identifying and developing strategies for engaging teams, creating the structures necessary to support change initiatives and implementations, leading and managing teams, and inspiring collective action. Christina was awarded Management Excellence for Gap Germany in 1998.
What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?
Almost 20 years in global corporate business leadership with experience in customer experience, sales, branding and marketing, operations and logistics, technology, training, development and leadership. I’ve led global, multicultural teams through transformational change while helping them maintaining focus, a sense of efficacy and high performance. As a consultant, I listen with empathy to the challenges facing clients and draw on past experience, best practices and intuition to help develop solutions that fit their specific requirements.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
I consider it an honor to work with a leader that knows change is necessary and is preparing to take on the task of transforming their strategic direction and ways of working for longer term success. I equally enjoy helping leadership teams develop road maps and execution plans that will most effectively and efficiently help them and their teams reach their goal. My favorite challenge involves supporting businesses in remembering what is truly important and adjusting their ways of working to better listen to and support customers and staff.
What have you learned most recently?
That being a good consultant is a blend of being helpful and accommodating as well as truthful and as necessary, challenging, in the interest of helping the client achieve the best possible outcome.
What characteristic do you most admire in others?
I admire people that are consistent in what they believe, in what they say and in what they do. They make no unnecessary compromises in how their actions align with their words and beliefs. I particularly admire those that recognize leadership as a gift and privilege and consistently strive to achieve their goals by enabling, empowering, and enhancing the experience of their employees—knowing that when the team is happy, customers/clients will be happy and everyone wins.
What do you think makes an effective team?
Collective sense of accountability, high commitment to excellence, expansive, creative thinking, unwavering desire to please clients and customers and exceed their expectations. When each member of the team understands that the highest quality work comes out of group genius, and that success comes when every member of the group is brought along during the process and encouraged/able to do their best work.
Do you have a favorite question?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I like it because if forces people, myself included, to think expansively about my horizons and helps me to dream.
What’s your favorite place?
Italy…and my garden.