AGP Ep 13: Hasan Anjum—The power of diversity and lifelong learning

by | Dec 27, 2016

Hasan Anjum has a broad technical background starting as a Software Engineer working his way up to lead transformation programs within South Australian government. In this episode, hear about Hasan’s journey and the challenges he faced.

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“You understand your strengths and weaknesses at the moment, take on an opportunity and learn as you go”—Hasan Anjum
"Being a leader is to share the spotlight”—Hasan Anjum
"Look at the challenges we have in our lives as opportunities”—Hasan Anjum

Show notes

 

Credits

Topics/Transcript

Topics discussed

  • Openness to experience: taking opportunities and learning along the way
  • How to manage different stakeholders in a project
  • The role of a leader in technical projects
  • Learning and growth are processes that never end

Questions asked

  • 0:58 What were you doing before getting into technology?
  • 6:22 Tell us a little bit about your opportunity at the UN?
  • 20:00 Do you think the translation you make in real lime really helps in terms of clarifying your thinking and your communication?
  • 23:01 How did you start working with the UN?
  • 34:52 Were there lessons in leadership in your view from cricket?
  • 40:29 How did you convince your wife about the UN transition?
  • 51:51 Why do you say you were not a good project manager?

Quotable

  • 2:08 “Telling yourself ‘you’re not ready, wait for it, and get yourself perfect’ is the wrong way to go” —Hasan Anjum
  • 5:14 “You understand your strengths and weaknesses at the moment, take on an opportunity and learn as you go” —Hasan Anjum
  • 33:17 “Money is a really short-term motivator for leadership because it’s a really hard job” —Andrew Ramsden
  • 33:37 “One of the principles of being a leader is to share the spotlight” —Hasan Anjum
  • 41:28 “It is important to look at the challenges we have in our lives as opportunities” —Hasan Anjum
  • 43:14 “When you get into leadership roles, it’s all political” —Hasan Anjum
  • 53:58 “As a leader, you have to improve the average rating of the entire team” —Hasan Anjum
  • 55:10 “If you can make yourself redundant, then you are free to move on to the next big thing” —Andrew Ramsden
  • 1:17:15 “Leadership is not only exercised at the top level” —Hasan Anjum

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