Manager Report: New challenges give me wings

Manager Report: New challenges give me wings

Beata Drzazga, an outstanding entrepreneur, philanthropist, source of inspiration and mentor in the business world. She is a leading speaker at both Polish and international conferences in the fields of medicine, management and economics. Her impressive achievements have been recognized with more than 270 prestigious awards and prizes, which she has won not only domestically, but also on the international stage.

Ms. Beata, you manage several companies both at home and abroad. Could you reveal what was decisive in your path to success?

Beata Drzazga: Achieving success requires, first of all, hard work. Although when one observes us through the prism of our presence at various galas or charity balls, it may seem that we are just hosting and hanging out. And yet, being invited to conferences or receiving prestigious honors and awards is the result of a great deal of work, dedicating part of your life, effort and energy to running your business.

So success is all about hard work?

Beata Drzazga: That’s exactly right. I always emphasize this during my speeches at conferences or meetings at entrepreneurship clubs with people who are thinking of opening their own business. It is not possible to build a successful company overnight. Behind every triumphant venture is usually many years of hard, systematic work. It also often requires sacrifices, stress, sacrifices, even at the expense of health. You need to have a lot of strength and determination, be optimistic, often a little incorrigible. You can’t be afraid of risk, you need a lot of courage, but at the same time you need to use common sense. Although many things can be learned, in my opinion, the key to success in business is the right aptitude and character traits, i.e. talent.

Could you tell us about your beginnings in business? How was the idea for your first company born?

Beata Drzazga: It all started with a childhood dream. Even as a young child, I knew that I wanted to help sick and elderly people. When I founded my first company, BetaMed S.A., offering home medical care, I didn’t quite realize that I was launching a service that would fill a gap in the market. My primary goal was to help people. At the very beginning, BetaMed S.A. was a small company, housed in two small rooms and employing just two people. I remember personally taking care of patients, visiting them in their homes. Gradually, with each step, the company grew and developed. Now BetaMed S.A. is a big company, a Joint Stock Company and the largest long-term care provider in Poland. It has 91 branches in 11 provinces, employing a total of 3,250 people – doctors, nurses, therapists and other specialists.

Your next investment was in a completely different sector, can you tell us about it?

Beata Drzazga: Indeed! It was the case that when I was developing BetaMed S.A., it was such an absorbing job that I didn’t even have time to go clothes shopping. From there, the idea was born to open our own boutique with a collection of Italian luxury brands. I named the store “Dono da Scheggia,” which translated from Italian means “Gift from the Splinter.” This is another of my ways of bringing joy and satisfaction to others by offering them beautiful, high-quality products, plus in a charming environment. For me, fashion is also my hobby, which has opened my eyes to the world, from a different point of view than before.

I started traveling for new collections, attending fashion shows, going to Milan, Paris, Vienna, London or Dubai. It made me realize that the world is a beautiful and fascinating place, and that you can’t just focus on business or on one company. This led me to the US, where in Miami I decided to open another store, this time with electronic equipment.

Why did it choose the electronics sector this time?

Beata Drzazga: As an entrepreneur, I’m always watching the market and seeing where the demand is. It turned out that at that time there was a huge interest in electronic equipment, such as phones, computers. This is how the idea of BetaNest Electronic was born.

Running it has created another opportunity for growth and new friendships. When I was in the United States, I was offered to participate in a Polish-American economic mission. For several years I participated in these missions, traveling with Polish entrepreneurs to Nevada and bringing American entrepreneurs to Poland. After four years of such involvement, which included trips to Las Vegas, as well as Chile and Peru to help Nevada grow, my actions were recognized by Nevada authorities, who gave me the title of Nevada Business Ambassador.

Nevada’s governor was impressed with BetaMed SA’s clinic, seeing it as a company with a mission to bring help, care and love to people. This inspired me to open BetaMed International in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the pandemic has slowed down these plans, but I hope to be able to develop this project further soon.

And others of your ventures?

Beata Drzazga: I am always full of new ideas that often amaze even myself! One of my dreams came true when I opened a laser therapy and aesthetic medicine clinic, which I named Drzazga Clinic. Our scope ranges from treating a variety of conditions to the latest treatments in aesthetic medicine and cosmetology. We help people struggling with urinary incontinence, offer gynecological treatments and methods to combat excessive sweating. In addition, we offer a range of facial and body treatments using the latest technology available. A few months ago, I invested in two expensive devices that I introduced to my clinic, the first in the region. I have created a place with a unique design, where our clients feel like in a kingdom and always leave satisfied with the results of our treatments.

You are active in various sectors and countries, having recently established a new real estate company in Miami. This requires a lot of time and energy. How do you handle such a large number of commitments?

Beata Drzazga: The key to success lies in perfect organization. The more we have on our minds, the more we need to keep things in order. My calendar is filled to capacity, and I often start meetings at dawn. I plan my schedule with the utmost precision and try to keep track of it, which does not mean that it is not subject to change. It is important to be able to manage your schedule well, sometimes postpone or even cancel some tasks or meetings in favor of those that are more urgent or important. Equally important is having a good team of colleagues.

What qualities do you value most in your colleagues?

Beata Drzazga: For me, it is important that the person I work with is authentic, able to communicate openly and, if necessary, discuss. This leads to finding the best solutions. I believe that at work it’s good to surround yourself with people of similar energy and empathy. It is important to me that we understand each other well and respect each other. Whether you employ one person or several thousand, it is necessary to maintain humility and respect for the other person.

When pursuing such a professional passion, do you manage to find time for doing nothing? In what places do you most effectively regenerate your strength and “recharge your batteries”?

Beata Drzazga: I am not fond of stagnation, so I am constantly trying to develop. I have already completed my MBA, am writing my doctorate, and recently enrolled at Stanford University. I attend conferences on the latest technologies to better understand the possibilities of artificial intelligence and its use in the future. When time permits, I develop my hobbies such as painting, poetry and playing the piano. I love dancing and hope to return to tennis soon. I also enjoy traveling and meeting new people. I recuperate best on board an airplane – I’m there out of range, my phone is turned off, and I have a few, several hours all to myself. The priority for me is spending time with my family, meeting with friends, and vacationing together. I love to give them surprises – it’s also my hobby!

Source: Manager Report