Who exactly is Dave Bujnowski, a partner with Baillie Gifford? Some of you may be asking who or what Baillie Gifford even is. They mainly focus on things like cloud storage and similar IT solutions that can be used to work within a truly global market. That said, what do you know about the man who leads a group that is largely responsible for all of this? Here are 10 interesting things you might not already know.
1. He takes advantage of opportunities
He is a business professional, after all. As such, he knows when to move in on opportunities that present themselves. When other people simply sit idly by, he takes action. This has allowed him to succeed in business for a number of years and he has continued to do so though the global lockdowns that have occurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. He knows what to look for when the going gets tough
As previously mentioned, he knows what to do when things don’t work out as planned. Throughout the pandemic, he watched certain stocks to see what they would do. As soon as he was sure of how to proceed, he purchased those stocks. It might sound crude at first, but he is really only doing what every other business professional does- taking advantage of the situation. The difference is that he isn’t afraid to bring others along with him. He’s even taken the time to freely share his advice on stocks so others can enjoy the same success as he has.
3. He doesn’t back down
If you’re going to make it in business, you can’t be timid. That is one word that virtually no one would use to describe Bujnowski. He is willing to take those calculated risks that most people only dream of. He does it with the understanding that he will sometimes come out on the losing end. According to Bujnowski, it’s all part of life and the learning process.
4. He enjoys the opportunity to help others
Remember how he freely gave advice on stocks to anyone who was willing to listen? That behavior isn’t at all uncharacteristic for him. In fact, he routinely gives advice to other people, all with the intent of helping them in any manner that he can. He wants to help other people succeed. He is a firm believer that you should pass your good fortune on to someone else as opposed to taking it all up for yourself.
5. He approaches every day with a fresh attitude
Business can be tough sometimes, especially big business where there is a great deal at stake. He comes into every day with a brand new attitude, always careful not to let past failures slow him down. He believes that each day is an opportunity to create something new and do something better than it was done the day before. As such, he always comes ready with new ideas and a renewed work ethic.
6. He’s concerned about the environment
You might think that Bujnowski only cares about business and profits, but that simply isn’t the case. He is extremely concerned about the environment, something that he considers near and dear to him. He has mentioned that one of the few good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is that there is an opportunity to reduce the damage to the environment by traveling less and working from home more.
7. He doesn’t really prescribe to the traditional business attitude
Business can be a cut-throat industry. Bujnowski acknowledges this fact, but he doesn’t participate in it. In fact, he says that he feels like there is more than enough challenge in the world of business without people making it more difficult than it actually needs to be. He has also mentioned that he would much rather see people lift each other up and help one another, both in and out of the business world, as opposed to just stepping on each other in order to get to the end goal.
8. He thinks certain traditions in business should change
Everything has a certain amount of tradition involved with it and business is no different. However, Bujnowski isn’t particularly fond of many of these traditions. In fact, he has gone on record to say that an overwhelming number of these traditions need to change because they don’t really serve a practical purpose in the modern-day business world. Instead, he believes that people are doing certain things simply because that’s the way it’s always been done as opposed to being open to change. He’s far more interested in seeing the world of business progress as opposed to being held back by long-standing traditions that don’t really hold a place any longer.
9. He thinks it’s important to get out of your comfort zone
Obviously, success in business is all about getting out of your comfort zone. However, that’s not the only instance where he feels like this is beneficial. When people are no longer in their comfort zone, they have an opportunity to grow and change. When they never do anything that makes them feel challenged, they have a tendency to get rather stagnant. As a result, he believes that success in any endeavor requires routinely getting out of your comfort zone and doing things that challenge you so that you’re then forced to rise to the occasion.
10. He believes that things will be different on the other side of the pandemic
It’s no secret that Bujnowski talks a lot about the correlation between business operations and the COVID-19 pandemic. This is largely because the pandemic completely changed the way that people do business. All of a sudden, businesses all over the world were forced to either adapt to new ways of doing business or simply shutter their doors. He believes that once the pandemic is over, the best solutions to come out of this will remain in place so that businesses can be more flexible than they ever have been in the past.
Written by Allen Lee
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