After various supporting roles at mostly large, international organizations, Jolanda Wadl decided to take a different approach. She had worked in the pharmaceutical industry and business services, from executive secretary with HR tasks to team leader and office manager. “I’m a doer,” says Jolanda, “and I’ve learned a lot by doing.” At Allied Forces, she supports the management as an executive assistant.
Now, Jolanda has a completely new role in a fluid organization. “A great challenge that appeals to me a lot. I like to be the central hub, knowing what’s going on and what’s needed. Allied Forces has grown rapidly in a short time, so there’s a lot of work to be done. It’s pioneering, with an eye on more structure. And above all: facilitating the team, so everyone can do what they’re good at.”
Allied Forces doesn’t have a fixed office, but they do have a “home base” centrally located in the country. This is where they regularly come together for the much-needed physical contact. Jolanda had her first introductory meeting there. “That’s where the love began. I immediately realized it’s a special group of people. The fact that we work remotely a lot is a matter of feeling out and making clear agreements.”
From Amsterdam, Jolanda often ventures out. Into nature, driving through Europe for short and long trips, and distant travels. “For example, I went to Namibia and Suriname with a friend. Those are wonderful experiences that give me a lot of energy. A nice boost, because I give 110 percent in my work.”