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CEO profile, trainee autonomy

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Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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CEO profile, trainee autonomy

In the Brazilian world of human resource searches, it is common to describe the desired role (whether that of a technician or a manager) with a profile that resembles that of a CEO.

The expectation is that the chosen one will have a vigorous challenge that, as a rule, involves a proactive posture, a taste for exploring new solutions and the ability to work as a team.

When he/she is hired, reality tells another story! Autonomy is actually very limited. It is a very Brazilian characteristic, for sure. Accordingly, a lot less is done in Brazil as compared to the developed countries when it comes to regulations and actions related to energy efficiency, distributed generation, demand response, power theft reduction and universalization of the free power markets.

An expatriate, executive who led an energy company, American multinational, for many years, asked about his experience in Brazil, confided that the typical Brazilian manager does not have autonomy to decide on USD 5,000 alone. It all depends on the upper management's approval. Quite different from what happens in developed countries where he had the opportunity to work.

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