Polar Expedition 2017

Swedish explorer Nordenskiöld led Expedition Vega in the 19th century – the first ever crossing of the Northeast Passage. 200 years later our adventurer Lena Padukova is following in his waves! Read full article

Starting February 2019 – personal reflections

Starting February 2019, I´m excited. 2018 was an incredible year working at Polar Cape in many ways. We made so much happen in just one year.  We grew with 61 % , and now as for February the 4th  we hit 100 persons. During 2018 we were also joined by new interesting clients and we got the opportunity to new exciting collaborations with existing ones. We were also awarded the astonishing 1st place in Europe from Great Place to Work.

With that being said, looking back these achievements didn´t come without hard work and continuous improvement. Scaling up as we are also means challenges for the organization, leadership and culture. It raised questions such as; how do we keep our culture as we grow? One of the strengths of Polar Cape is our proximity to our employees, are we able to keep that when we´re 100 employees, and how do we do it?

One of the things I like with Polar Cape is the quality mindset, knowing that we´re going to level up at one time or another we started working proactive with engaging our employees in various forums where we raised these questions. A lot of useful input came out from those that we started working with, among others it resulted in one of the focus areas for us 2019; Teams. Another important event for us every year is the kick off.  With a lot of new employees in both Sweden and Macedonia our focus went on team building and stepping out of our comfort zones. The opportunity to gather the whole company at one place for a few days does a lot for the culture, it´s also a great opportunity to gain valuable insights from everyone.

Moving forward it´s not rocket science, our core business is people. An agile company – building and involving everyone in creating Polar Cape is one of our keys to move forward and has been from start.

Having a humble and pragmatic mindset, learning from our mistakes and focus on moving forward keep us away from being “fat and happy”.

Thinking about my awesome and humble colleagues and what we achieved so far through teamwork, dedication and a lot of laugh makes me proud.

I´m looking forward to our projects, collaborations and challenges this year. Also just staffed up with a Junior Talent Manager and an Office and Event Manager at HQ I´m positive that we have the right prerequisities to continue developing Polar Cape.

If you´re interested in hearing more about what we do, how we work with company culture, just ping me and I would be happy to have a chat!

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Polar Cape Hits 100!

As of Monday 4th February 2019 we welcome a New colleague, and with that we are 100 people working in Polar Cape today.  What a journey so far, and what a year 2019 is shaping up to be!

The idea of being 100 people seemed like a strange concept when Polar Cape started in 2010, it seemed theoretically possible –  if we make the right choices and stick at it, why not?  But it was also very abstract, like imagining running a marathon when you’ve never run 10km, or learning Japanese.  But we did stick at it, we did stick to our principles, and we did certainly get joined by a whole load of amazing people along the way.  Now look where we are!

Polar Cape is in many ways a different company than when we started – in terms of what we know, how we work, what we can do – but I think that the essence of Polar Cape is very much the same.  In 2010 we said we wanted to create a consulting company where consultant could truly thrive, with an open, transparent, and rewarding atmosphere.  That way we could deliver the best service to our clients. I can still recognise the Polar Cape of today in that description!

One thing we have always said is that Quality is more important than Quantity.  We have grown steadily, a little faster in the last two years, but we have never compromised on recruitment standards, and have worked with continuous improvement every year since we started.   Apart from just being 100 people, we are especially proud of growing to 100 while keeping our great company culture, work ethic, and delivery quality.  In fact – I will happily stick my neck out and say we are a better company now than we have ever been.  We know ourselves better, we have a more stable foundation, and we can now achieve more than ever!

 

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