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Niklas Savander: Be nice to people
Age: 46
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Services & Software, Nokia

When I got my first job, my father told me, "Remember to be nice to people." You'll meet them on the way up or on the way down. You go through the good and the bad times in your career. In the end, the world functions through personal relationships. If you elbow yourself up, you'll fall harder. If you are too self-centered, you won't be successful. People don't want to work for you. The current guy who is running IT for services I first met when he was a systems engineer and I was a junior salesman for HP. After many years, we joined Nokia -- he eight years ago and me twelve years ago. And since the, I've been his boss, like, five times in different roles. From my current team, it's a long history. When you are faced with the challenge of building something new, you have a tendency to reach out to someone you've been through a storm with already.

--Interview by Jessi Hempel

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