Despina Balis

Account Management


People who have impacted how I see the 🌍

Claire WinelandBrian AlsruheMy mother

If you want to know that youre gonna have to book a coffee chat with me :D

Am I lucky?

Yes and No.

I have been dealt some shitty cards by life in the past (family, socioeconomic hardship, chronic illness, marginalisation and discrimination). But some amazing people have helped me in gaining the opportunity to use my potential. Only since this year I can really say that i am intrinsically content (and I have to thank my wife for that)

My biggest fear

Being unlovable, rejected, or unwantedBeing helpless, invaded, or overwhelmedBeing without support or security, or being abandonedBeing weak, controlled, powerless

Jesus those hit a bit too close to home

How I try to show up at work

ConfidentEncouragingFairHard WorkingAnalyticalIndependentReliableCurious

These are the values that i have been raised with since childhood - theyre just an innate part of me at this point :D

Best way to get me excited about something

Give me a good reason to be excited about it :D i care a lot about facts

You can ask me about

Confidencesetting boundariesRhetoricsTaking ownershipbelieving in yourselfcommunication

Ive been told that i often help people in learning to stand up for themselves and what they want, which is something I am really proud of.

Something that drives me crazy 😵‍💫 🤬

Unreliability, no communication, Insincerity, inefficiency, lack of routine

Because it makes things harder than they need to be and foster distrust. And i need routine for my ADHD brain to function

One thing that might surprise you about me…

people assume im a lot more intrinsucally organized than i really am

I work best as a…

Some mix of execution and strategy. I love doing tasks and the high-level strategy conversations.

Pretty much all of my political career so far. From coordinating political campaigns to organizing educational workshops, theres little that i havent done in that regard :)

Personality type

Enneagram eightENTJ

Look em up and you'll know ;)

I'm energized at work by…

in person worksolving problems

I really admire teammates who are…

Autonomous, honest, structured in and educated about their work.

Things that deeply motivate me…

Getting things done ✅Being my most authentic self 🎨Creating a safe little nest 🐣Running the show, being in charge ⚡️

Because I am both a very driven and very comfortable person. I need my safe haven so i can gather energy to go out into the world and take on the day.

The best environment for me is:

time for deep work in the AMback to back meetingsno swiss cheese calendar

Because a) im an early bird and b) little space in my calendar keeps me on a steady pace

I like to get feedback when its given…

in the moment1:1face to facewith contextwith examplesweekly

Just be as honest as possible with me (both positive and negative) - self-reflection is the first step to self-improvement

How I relax

You guessed it...spending time with my wife. also training and skincare

My core values

AuthenticityAutonomyChallengeFairnessHonestyLearningMeaningful WorkRespect

Outside of work, you'll find me...

breakfast with my wifehard traininga long skincare routineany time with my wife tbh

I learn best by…

doing ittaking a course

😬😧🥴 Recently went outside my comfort zone…

I actually find travelling quite daunting and exhausting (i LOVE routine)

You will make my freakin day if you…

take something off my platerespect my spacerespect my timeshare an idea

When I'm stressed, you might notice me…

retreat, appear less organized, more easily agitated by small things

Ask how they can help me take things off my plate

Most fulfilling project I've worked on

die Einführung der Corona Sonderregelungen für Studis im Uni Senat 2020

Because I had the ability to have a huge, real impact on thousands of students in times when they needed help the most and were systematically neglected by the system

My Achilles Heel is…

Definitely my cluttered brain and sensory dificulties

Provide me with a silent space to do my focus work

I worry that my teammates might perceive me as…

arrogant, standoffish, intimidating, uninterested

A lot of people perceive me as intimidating at first and I've found it makes it harder to foster an open and equal relationship

Things I'd love to learn

I'd love to learn coding someday!

I've just always found it interesting but never had the chance to do it.

My areas for growth

Manages feelings of self and others during conflictBalances internal resources effectivelyCreates warm, caring relationships with teammates

How I stand out

Mentors and develops teammates for their growthFosters high performance teamworkInvests and is interested in personal and professional growthStays true to own values with integrityIntentional and strategic project planning

My Candor Graph

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