Coming Together

Stories of the Beminded Team

The nervous boyfriend

Anna and Lena 2001. On a hitch hiking trip somewhere on the west coast of Sweden.
Anna and Lena 2001. On a hitch hiking trip somewhere on the west coast of Sweden.

Twenty some years ago, a nervous young man is on his way to a party. He is bringing his new girlfriend, an engineer to be – somewhat strong headed and straight forward. Why he is nervous? The host of the party is his old girlfriend. A young woman of equally strong character, majoring in behavioural science, and who had just returned from a 2600 km bike ride from Istanbul to Malmoe. Was this night a mistake? Could anything good come out of bringing these two women together? If he would have known that this night would be the start of a lifelong friendship between Anna and Lena, resulting in travels, careers, phone calls throughout entire nights, and far far down the line, enthusiastic co-workers of Beminded AB, he would not have needed to worry.

The humble question

Some years back, in a middle-sized Stockholm based company, the Head of Staff is gathering her management team for a meeting. After the meeting, one of her managers comes by her office. She calmly and friendly asks if she can ask a question. Without any look or sound of judgement she says – I’d just like to check with you – do you feel a need to always be right? There is a bit of a surprised silence. Then she continues. “I am just curious. I get that feeling in many of our discussions”. The Head of Staff doesn’t remember what she answered, but she does remember a sense of new respect for her manager.

The team brainstorming in the summer of 2015. A patio in Östersund, Sweden.
The team brainstorming in the summer of 2015. A patio in Östersund, Sweden.

The ability to talk about something sensitive which is affecting the team, without fear or judgement, is somewhat rare, and a skill to be taken care of. Years later a quick coffee between the former Head of Staff (Anna) and the former Manager, (Sabine), turned in to a 3 hour discussion on how to help companies take care of their human resources, both for the company’s and the individual’s sake. And that day was Sabines start with Beminded.