I remember a scene, a discussion I had with Paolo while we were driving along the A4 highway. We took the exit for Capriate and he said to me: you probably already know this, but we’re at war, we’re under siege. You can leave now, or stay and fight with me, without certainty or a salary, but also without fear.
I replied, you can count me in. I started from scratch. My office was a shed with a small heater but surrounded by confidence and courage. I had a new, important role talking to suppliers and banks, showing them the conviction and determination that wouldn’t allow us to throw in the towel.
Not even a Master’s course at Harvard can teach you what you learn in the field, and when you go through hell – it seems absurd to say – your values get stronger.
Today, I can say that I made the right choice. It’s given us all great satisfaction and a reason to be proud. The trust you get back makes you want to do better, so I began attending management and control courses at Confindustria. I’ve never stopped going to training, specialist courses and seminars.
Now, what we’ve achieved must be consolidated. Today’s challenge is strengthening our skills for the future. We have to plan and grow in a structured way, in terms of market share and know-how as well as employees.