Kristine Berg Meland is Xynteo’s new head of HR, Teams and Talent

Meland took on the role earlier this year, in a time of great change.

At Xynteo, the qualities of our team are central to the experience and the results we deliver for clients. Kristine has the insight and drive to elevate us even further – as team, a company and as consultants. We’re thrilled to have her on board to lead our HR, Teams and Talent function.

Kristine joins the Xynteo family with broad expertise in managing professional resources. Previously, she coordinated the human resources function at the strategy consultancy Quartz, with responsibility for recruiting, staffing, performance management and learning and development. Before this, Kristine has led recruitment for McKinsey and Company in Oslo and helped centralise and develop the recruitment and employer branding functions at Orkla ASA.

Here’s Kristine’s take on talent, the future of work and what she sees next for Xynteo:

  • Xynteo works with leaders to help them reinvent growth. What does “reinventing growth” mean to you, when it comes to Xynteo’s people?

There are two key points I firmly believe in when it comes to enabling growth in people: help them navigate the road they’re on and encourage psychological safety. If people know what’s expected of them and feel surrounded by a safe and supportive network, we can achieve great things. Yes, the road may be bumpy, but growth comes from within and it’s about guiding people in a way where they feel it’s safe to step out of their comfort zone.

  • As teams are adapting to working virtually, how do you see the future of work changing and how do we keep our culture?

There’s been a lot of discussion on this over the last few months: How do we adapt to a world where we must manage the distance from one another, not gather socially - and still maintain a feeling of belonging? I think the answer lies somewhere in between the new and old normal. We need to create both virtual and physical platforms where we can meet as a team to develop and maintain our company culture. We need to keep reminding ourselves and our colleagues about who we are and what we stand for. We need to make our identity more visible than ever before and we need to keep in mind that for us to keep our culture, we need to work for it. Together. All of us.

  • As the world is facing enormous challenges, what skills do you think will be needed from both teams and leaders in the future?

After the lockdown began back in March, I think we were all forced to adapt to a “new normal”. However, that new normal may not be that bad. We need to rethink and reshape some of our current practices, and in order to do so, we all need to be prepared to step up our game. We need to focus on skills such as being adaptable, open minded and proactive. I think these skills will get us a long way. Yes, we are facing enormous challenges right now - on many levels, but if we are flexible and solution-oriented, we can shape the new normal into something sustainable and maybe even better than what we had before.

  • When you are not busy leading the Xynteo family what takes up your time?

I live with my husband and two daughters (Maja 5 and Sofie 4 years old) in Oslo. I love spending time with my family and friends. Most of the time we can be found in the woods surrounding Oslo, either climbing, cycling, skiing or hiking. With two youngsters, it’s all about making sure we have a rock-solid plan for the day. I’m very much an extrovert and get a lot of energy from spending time with other people. The Xynteo family has really welcomed me with open arms, and I am very enthusiastic to see what the future holds for us.

If you'd like chat to Kristine about leading Teams and Talent and how to create psychological safety within teams, connect with her here.