Impact Hub Boston’s social media team meets occasionally with one of the amazing members of our coworking space to write about the story behind their work. Today, we are pleased to meet Philipp Maucher, the Director of International Development at Teamwork to ask him about his story and what he is working on these days. Teamwork is an Irish SAAS company that sells a software platform for project management.
Hub Team: What are you working on now?
Building a high-performance team with a great work culture in the US to expand Teamwork to the US market.
Hub Team: What led you to the work you’re doing now?
I’ve always cared about people, their success and how I can support them on their journey. I started my career in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) space as the assistant to our CEO at Teamwork a few years ago. You know the score: in a small company – if you’re driven, you rarely stay in the job long you were initially hired for. In fact, that’s what happened to me. After 3 months with Teamwork, I became the interim Head of HR. From there, I worked my way up to join our leadership team and deliver strategic projects for the company, spin up and lead new teams and foster the people that I work with.
I finished college in Germany during which I founded a business with my friend for recycling computer hardware, which was a nice experience – more a hobby than a true job back then. I studied International Management and Entrepreneurship in college, but I always felt more like an intrapreneur than an entrepreneur. My first true job after college was in a company called UniPlaces based in Portugal before moving back to Ireland and join Teamwork. During my first months at Teamwork, our CEO and I founded the SaaS Network Ireland too, which is a community of indigenous Irish SaaS companies who are willing to volunteer some of their time to give advice to other new SAAS founders.
At Teamwork, we have social responsibility embedded in our core culture. We have a profit-sharing program within the company where we donate 10% of our annual profits to benefit the community. Each team decides where the donations go. For instance, in one year our employees decided to contribute this money to a local community organization in Ireland that buys housing for the homeless. We also offer a free plan on our platform that many NGOs choose to use in their work operations. We were amazed one day when we came across an NGO that used our platform to organize the supply of water and food to mountain villages in Afghanistan. This was very rewarding for us to see.
Hub Team: If you could go back and give yourself three pieces of advice when you started your project/organization/business, what would that advice be?
You’ve heard it before: “surround yourself with great people”. As cliché as it sounds, it’s so true. I made excuses in the past on why I kept someone on the team although deep down I knew they weren’t right for the task. It cost us time and impacted our morale. I could’ve easily spared the team. It’s also not fair for the other person. Be candid. Secondly, get a mentor – and if you can – a coach. I neglected the supposed benefits of having a sounding board and someone asking you the tough questions until I started working with an executive coach. It’s transformational. Lastly, I encourage all people I work with to be curious. What I mean by that is: to question the status quo, to search for new solutions, and to never stop learning. I personally love reading and learning about new topics. Hand me a good book and I’m happy.
Hub Team: Any book recommendations?
I can recommend a book I am currently reading: “Just Work” by Kim Scott which discusses rooted bias and prejudice and ways to build inclusion and diversity. Her other book “Radical Candor” is also great! Some other of my favorites are: “Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday, “What you do is who you are” by Ben Horowitz, “Thinking in Bets” by Annie Duke, “Turn the ship around” by David Marquet or “Principles” by Ray Dalio.
Hub Team: Where should people go if they want to find out more about what you’re doing?