Meet the team: Christian A. Rusche
People evolve; their goals change. That’s why at BSI, our jobs are only on loan. Christian A. Rusche is a prime example of how this works in practice: The day before yesterday he was a project manager, yesterday our CEO, and now today he is a product developer. However, what has never changed for him is his love for BSI and for good software. Chris is an original shareholder and since July 2014 a member of the Board of Directors.
- Born in: Wettingen
- Birthday: June 12, 1972
- Astrological sign: Gemini
- Nationality: Swiss, German
- Diploma: None, I discontinued my physics studies before my thesis in order to work full time at BSI.
- Lives in: Wettingen
- Works at: BSI!
What was your original dream job?
Physicist; I wanted to understand the world.
Who is your role model?
What have you learned, and from whom?
From children: to have an open heart and open eyes.
How do you further develop yourself?
Life is constant change: When I started at BSI, I was a software developer, but not a particularly good one, and perhaps that’s why I became a proj-ect manager. But I wasn’t the absolute best at that either. Then for almost ten years, I was our CEO and really enjoyed that, now I am working more in product development.
Why did you want to become a shareholder?
Perhaps because I wanted to be able to work together with Jens (our founder) more? Or perhaps to be on the front lines of the development of BSI? As a student and intern, I scraped together every franc I could to buy a 3% stake in BSI.
What sense does employee participation make?
It is a vital essence of BSI, perhaps the most important. I believe that a flat, value-guided company needs it. That’s because if the shareholders are also employ-ees and the employees also shareholders, then their interests are congruent; everyone is committed with heart and soul; everyone is an entrepreneur, and a lot of things in daily work life become easier.
You call yourself a control freak – that would seem to mean that you would prefer to control everything yourself and to not let anyone else participate.
It’s true that I don’t just have positive qualities: For me, everything has to be correct; I am very ambitious, and that’s not always a good thing. But I also trust others, and I like to share: Happiness can only be experienced together.
Is there also a disadvantage to being a shareholder?
No. Only: It does hurt to not allow everyone to participate to the degree he or she would like to.
What recommendation do you have for interns who are just beginning their professional future today?
Just do it! There are so many ideas, but it’s not enough to just have ideas. Create a software application, develop something that pleases customers. Or a tool that eases work for you and your colleagues. Or something that is fun, just: do it!
In retrospect: Is there something you would do differently or would do over?
When I took a sabbatical the year before last and spent three months in Japan, I told myself: “Your life has been brilliant; you sure have been lucky! Everything that comes after this is icing on the cake. Don’t forget to appreciate everyone!”