SenSat | Paddy Lambros

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Paddy Lambros

Head of Talent

With several years of experience scaling some of the worlds foremost technology businesses, Paddy brings a passion for team and culture building to SenSat.

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What is your job at SenSat?

Head of Talent.

 

Why did you join SenSat?

SenSat has an unbelievably ambitious mission: to digitally recreate the physical world. This will allow computers to understand the world around us and make better decisions. The sheer size and complexity of that problem is really exciting. Add to that the calibre of the people here, and the chance to build one of the UK’s leading technology-driven startups, SenSat is just too amazing an opportunity to turn down. 

 

What attracted you to working in Tech?

The world has been totally transformed by technology; the economies and societies of the world have changed more rapidly in our lifetime than at any point in history before. The world is better today as a result of the innovation that is happening all around us.  I see my role as helping to build the organisations that drive that progress.

What is the most rewarding part of your role?

I’d have to say it's the people element of what I do - working with such a wide variety of exceptional people. What I’ve really enjoyed at SenSat is how open everyone is and how people go out of their way to support each other. It’s a great thing to be part of. 

 

What trends do you think will shape the recruitment and retention of talent over the next five years?  

I think that Diversity is going to become even more important. If you want to build an exceptional team, you need to bring divergent beliefs, experiences and perspectives together, simply put It’s better to have 10 different sets of experience than the same experiences 10 times.

 

At SenSat, we are striving to bring the best and brightest from a variety of backgrounds and experiences together, focussing on some of the most complex and far-reaching problems that exist. 

What is 'company culture' how does it change over time?

A company’s culture is its identity, it's the collective beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of its members. I've been really impressed by what I have seen at SenSat so far; everyone is passionate about their work and eager to support and learn from one another.  That is something we are all keen to preserve as we grow over the next 12 months.

 

What do you think are the characteristics of a great company?

I think that the most successful companies, the Amazon and Googles of the world, share a few key characteristics that all startups can learn from.

 

In short, the best organisations bring together talented, motivated people together to work on problems that matter to their customers and users. I think the main signals that you are doing this well are: you attract exceptional individuals to work with you and your customers want to work with you.

What has been one of the greatest learnings of your life?

There have been many, most of them I’ve learned the hard way through trial and error!

As I’ve gotten older I have realised that whatever situation you’re facing, someone has likely been through and written about it before, I read voraciously and find it incredibly helpful in almost every aspect of my life.

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What country are you from?

I'm British and of Irish and Greek descent. ‘Pan European’ if you will. 

What are your interests outside of work?

At heart I’m a bit of a nerd, I’m a big fan of Star Trek and I love reading about and playing with technology. I’m also a big fan of sports: rugby and football mostly. I’m also a keen (although not very talented) guitarist.


What book has had the most impact on your life? What did it teach you?

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián. I’ve also been reading and re-reading Principles by Ray Dalio, which I can’t recommend highly enough. 

As you have gotten older, how have your career aspirations changed?

I realised that trying to work out 'what I wanted to be when I grow up’ wasn’t the right way to think about my career. I focus more on what I want to achieve, what the impact I want to have is and work backwards from there. 

What are some things that everyone should try at least once? 

I’m a big fan of scuba diving. Recently I had the chance to swim with turtles and a reef shark - it's an unbelievable experience and the closest you can get to being in space whilst remaining on Earth.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

I find the unique combination of people, climate, food, and history of the Mediterranean hard to beat. Specifically, Greece, but I'm definitely biased.

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If you could travel back to any one point in time, what would it be and why?

I’d love to travel back to the Renaissance period to meet some of the greatest polymaths in human history. People like Galileo, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, collectively made some of the greatest leaps in the collective knowledge of mankind.

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