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Anja Monrad

Strong women who dare to follow their dreams in their work life and private life is a true inspiration at Notabene. It is the women who inspire us in their own special ways with their willpower, abilities and skills. We have asked these women where they find their inspiration, what has lead them to where they are today and what gets them out of bed in the morning. Get to know Anja Monrad, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Dell, through these five essential questions.

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WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?

I am an energetic and passionate person, and I love what I do – so even though I am not a morning person, I never have a hard time getting out of bed and I’m always eager to start the day. One of my most important tasks as chief of Dell in Eastern Europe is to develop my organization, make sure everyone is on board with our mission and values, and understand how they can contribute to the overall vision. The daily interaction with my employees, customers and business partners is what drives me and makes me get out of bed in the morning – even when it’s dark and grey outside.

WHAT CHARACTERIZE YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?

Airports, hotels and meetings around the region. Autumn is always a very busy time in our industry, and this autumn is certainly no different with a lot of work-related travel, so this takes up most of my time lately. But every free and quiet moment is spend on my wonderful rooftop terrace. 

HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR WORK/LIFE BALANCE?

The key to achieve a healthy work-life balance is to align expectations with yourself. Of course there must be some sort of equilibrium, but I don’t think you can distribute your time evenly like that. There will be times when work needs a higher prioritization, and others where there’s room for more free time in your private life. It is utopian to believe that there can be complete balance all of the time.

I also believe that it is crucial to do something you’re passionate about - then work doesn’t feel like work at all, and it becomes less important how you divide your time in order to feel balanced. 

HAS THERE BEEN A TURNING POINT, WHICH HAS HELPED DEFINE THE WOMAN YOU ARE TODAY?

There have been many moments in life that have defined me - as a starting point, I am an immigrant and came to Denmark when I was 3 years old. Growing up being “different” taught me to be independent at a very young age, and not to be afraid to stand out from the crowd. My mother always said: “There is no need to be like all the others, they might as well be more like you”. Another turning point was when I had a brain aneurysm eleven years ago. It gave me a completely new perspective on what matters in my everyday life, and has inspired me to live my life to the fullest.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU THESE DAYS?

The impact technology has on our future society and the possibilities it creates to solve some of the world’s biggest societal, social and environmental issues. We have this amazing opportunity of changing the world with technology and digitalization. We can create a vertical sustainable agriculture that uses 95% less water and can achieve 390 times greater productivity annually than conventional agriculture. Dells’ technology can control the moisture, nutrients, lights… basically everything.

Aside from that, I just recently discovered a passion for art, and have found such great joy in some amazing art exhibitions and works of art. It is so different from my everyday life, and acts as a very alternative source of inspiration.

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