In the “Lederintervjuet” you get to know different managers in Central Norway better. This time Eva Annie Svendsen.
– The shoulders are much more lowered now than they were two years ago at this time, says Eva Annie Svendsen in Trondheim Spektrum when MN24 meets her a few days before this year’s contestants go on stage for the Melodi Grand Prix final.
– We are starting to get experienced now. It is the third time we have organized the MGP final and the fourth time we have such a large NRK event as we also had the Sports Gala. But we cannot rest on our laurels. We must always be prepared and solve problems if they arise.
– What is the worst thing that can happen to you as organizers before the MGP final now?
– It is if there is a flood or something else that means we have to close the house.
Weather conditions have also made it challenging to get all the artists and all the equipment in place in Trondheim, but now things seem to be working out.
For the head of Spektrum, MGP is a highlight.
– MGP and large sports events are the most fun we do. The sports gala was also very wonderful and one of the most important things we do is to be able to help facilitate the honor of the sport that is so important to us.
8,500 spectators fill the hall in Spektrum on Saturday evening. The boss himself has given away his audience space to collaborators.
– It’s good to be mobile. I can feel the restlessness if I sit during such events, and it is better to be able to walk around and see that everything is working and talk to those who are at work. I am keen to be a visible leader when something happens here, and like to wear a red suit jacket so people can see where I am.
She says that there are usually 20,000 to 30,000 steps during an event.
– After all, the spectrum is 33,000 square metres. Some of my colleagues who run the most can have 40,000 steps on their counter. Then you have to have good shoes and we should probably have a shoe shine machine here.
Running during events is no problem for the sporty leader.
– In addition to running to work, I go skiing a lot, which I think is really fun. I also cycle a lot. City bikes are the best thing that has happened in Trondheim. It’s perfect to just take a right outside here and cycle into town for a meeting without thinking about parking or anything.
– If you could wish for any event for Spektrum, what would it be?
– NHO’s annual conference. It has always been in Oslo, but why not add it to Trondheim Spektrum.
– Yes, why should they?
– We have an arena here that is designed for that. In addition, NHO has members all over the country, not just in Oslo. It is important and correct to add this to arenas in several places in the country.
– What is the most embarrassing thing you have experienced as a manager?
– There was a sports team that was in one of the halls and it seemed that the net that catches balls in handball and football was in the way, and wondered if they could be removed. I thought it had to as I could fix and found the remote. I pressed a lot of buttons there and managed to get a huge mess up there in the roof so we had to have a lift and people in to fix it. This shows that it is not always the boss who should be put on practical matters.
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– What do you think about home office?
– It’s boring. I want to be there when it happens. But sometimes I have a pajama office. I get up very early, and then sometimes I start work and then the classes go by and suddenly it’s both 8.00, 9.00 and 10.00. If I get a call on Teams then, I don’t take it, because the callers don’t know that I’m actually at work when I’m sitting there with my hair all the way up and in my pug.
– How do you get to work?
– I prefer to run to and from work. I have been doing that for several years. I live in Lade, so it’s around 9 km round trip. I have used one of the old judges’ wardrobes where I have a small stock of clothes and what I need.
She commutes between Trondheim and the district office in Oslo
– Are you going to a party with your employees?
– Yes please. But we don’t have time for so much partying. Now the Christmas party in February will be delayed. There are two festive guys who have been put in charge of it, and I think it will be great fun.
– …. What about nachspiel?
– I’m tired in the evening, so I try to avoid it, but it happens.
– Are you friends with any of the people you boss?
– Yes, we socialize so much when it should actually be free time, so we get to know each other very well.
– What do you miss most about being a student?
– To sit and be lectured to several times a day and over such a long period of time. Fortunately, you can now also get a good professional boost, for example through the business association’s breakfast meetings.
– If you had to change professions, what would you have chosen?
– I worked in a bank before in Danske bank and Jernbanepersonlet’s bank and insurance. I really enjoyed working in the bank and it gave me a lot of the management experience I have today. The biggest difference is that in the bank we had very clear guidelines on how we work. Here we are in a way like a grufamily and much of what we do, we do for the first time.
– What do you spend an unnecessary amount of money on?
– I love traveling with friends and family and spend an unnecessary amount of money on long weekends and holidays at home and abroad.
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– How do you dress for work?
– There is a little left over from the bank, so it often becomes a suit. But I can also wear a skirt or dress. I almost never wear jeans. I am concerned that I will be a representative and ambassador for Spektrum when I am at work and then I have to dress properly. I also have a lot of shoes. I’ve been bullied a bit for that. One of the questions on the Christmas party quiz one year was how many pairs of shoes I have in the office. I think the answer was ten, but that included rubber boots and safety shoes after the development here. We walk a lot here, so you have to have a few pairs to change into.
– How do you inspire your employees as a manager?
– I am very interested in Le-del-se. “Laugh” : we should have fun at work, humor and self-irony are for me an important leadership quality. “Share”: Sharing information with employees is important. I have an open calendar, so the employees can let me know if there are any meetings I’m going to where they have something to contribute and can join, even if I hadn’t thought of inviting them. We are 13 managers in total at the house who share expertise and experience. “See” is perhaps the most important because everyone needs to be seen and get recognition for what they do.
– If your office burns down, what do you take out with you?
– If I can’t tell people, then it has to be my jacket, because I don’t like freezing. Or my running glasses.