Our values

Agility

Change is our most welcomed guest. We are fast in adopting new and better ways of doing things because we know that we rely on a strong foundation.

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Accountability

We are the team of reliable professionals that instill trust and walk the talk. Every day. In everything we do. Our team is our brand, our engine and our spine. Loyalty, trust and long-term partnerships are the core to how we operate.

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Drive for results

Success is our passion.  We work hard to gain it, we know how to celebrate it and we are dedicated to amplify it.

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Innovation

Life without dreams and a world without innovation is not an option for Grit. We live and work to learn. We find new opportunities so our bar for excellence continues to rise.

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GRIT Team

Who we are

Building simple yet effective solutions for our clients' needs is a passion we share within the whole team.

Ida Banek, Founder

Ida is a business-oriented human resources leader with almost twenty years of progressive experience in various industries, geographies and levels of responsibility. Throughout her career she has been focused on delivering efficient, solution oriented human resources support to dynamic and fast moving businesses. Tackling the everyday challenges with an ability to anticipate long term ones, is what drives her in her day-to-day work. Ida uses her strong success record and high internal drive to plan and develop strategies that enable clients to grow businesses sustainably, deliver results consistently and build global teams successfully.

“I like to describe myself as an international leader with global mindset and European heart.”
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Ida 1

1998 – 2004

Early Days

After graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Zagreb in 1998, I started the management trainee program in the biggest Croatian bank, which is a member of the Unicredito Group.

During that period, I actively participated in the twinning project with the Irish A&B bank, focusing on the transformation of the HR department, process design, and the development of new HR capabilities. I was responsible for recruitment & selection processes and participated in the design of the career development framework.

In 1999 I joined Agrokor Group – the leading FMCG producer in Croatia, accepting the position of Talent Management Leader for the Group.

While in charge of the Group’s 15 companies with almost 15.000 employees, I successfully launched and implemented the talent management program called FuturA, which attracted and retained 5 generations of management trainees, thus contributing to the development of a multitude of talented leaders who have played pivotal roles within the Group. I was involved in key acquisitions throughout the Adriatic Region, with direct accountability for the integration of HR processes.

Ida 2

2004 – 2013

Expanding accountabilities and geographies

In 2004 I moved into a business partner role in British American Tobacco, as a logical next step in the expansion of my knowledge and capabilities in multinational organizations.

During the 3 years spent at BAT, I thrived and developed into a strong HR leader. One of my more challenging assignments included the participation in BAT’s Global HR Transformation project as change leader for Europe, sharing cross-cultural experiences and getting stronger insight into our global team’s efficiency and synergy.

Joining Schering Plough in 2007 initiated my second stage in a career characterized by Mergers and Acquisitions.

Only 3 months after I joined the team, the acquisition of Organon Biosciences was announced. After extensive integration efforts and 18 months of hard work, a new announcement yet confirmed that the entire business had been sold to Merck. Both acquisitions strongly influenced the broadening and further expansion of my know-how and expertise. It is these experiences that distinguish you as a leader and shape you as a person forever.

Ida 3

2014 – 2015

Becoming a global leader

In 2014 TE Connectivity and the role of HR Vice President for Broadband Network Solutions opened the Global door wide for me.

I stepped into the fast moving and demanding - but most of all exciting - world called Internet of Things, which exposed me to new cultures, lands and leadership challenges in all their diversity. Integration activities, leadership changes, performance improvement projects and another HR transformation were just a few of the many tasks undertaken as part of my onboarding. An HR leadership position to support a business divestiture followed. It was the greatest learning opportunity, as well as the best business school I could enroll myself in.

Ida 4

2016

Starting with a blank canvas

Launch of GRIT International, embracing new challenges.

I made the decision to start a business focused on strong performance that results from a clear business strategy, aligned culture and engaged talent. Having many years of experience and eager to step forward once again, I decided to step out of my comfort zone, to unlearn some of my earlier competencies and to start painting on a blank canvas in a metaphorical sense. I am passionate about innovation and finding new solutions for old issues. I am determined to focus on few of the core challenges organizations are facing today with the intention of making a positive impact and leaving a mark which will be visible for generations to come.

Djordje Mijic, Partner

Djordje is a business leader with more than 20 years of experience acquired in various Sales and Marketing roles. His career started in a small, single market but his passion and drive for growth took him on a journey to global leadership roles. On that path, he was leading exciting projects, driving long-term strategies and successfully navigating the omnipresent need for change. But above all, Djordje was inspired by every opportunity in his career to help develop the new generation of leaders. Over time, inspiration turned into a passion and passion finally initiated the career transition. Combining his strong business acumen with sizable coaching experience and ability to decode corporate cultures, Djordje now provides invaluable support in shaping leadership future for generations of emerging talent to come.

“I am a strong believer that with the right people in place, business challenges can only be opportunities.”
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Angela 1

1996 – 2007
Marketing & Sales

Early career

In my early career with Coca-Cola Company and BAT, I was responsible for Sales Channels, Marketing Development and Brand Management. Establishing Sales and Operational Planning Process was a great experience, but my biggest achievement by far during those years was recognized in the quality of the sales and marketing teams that I have built on the ground. During those years I was a proud team member of the selected group that launched the first Management Trainee program in Serbia and South-East Europe. The program was a huge success and exceptional generation of future leaders was brought into BAT's succession pipeline.

Angela 2

2007 – 2014
Global roles

Practicing change

Equipped with strong track record of success in small sub-regional set of countries, I was ready to try myself out in Global roles. And I did them well. After 3 more years in International Brands, my career turned towards Global Marketing Quality and Transformation. Change was truly the name of the game in those years when global recession knocked on business doors. That is why my leadership role in a massive global transformation project has brought new perspectives into my career. Acting as a change agent and advocating new ways of working for the whole function exposed me to the fast-paced learning and plenty of challenges within talent management space. And I finally came to a realization: my destiny is not only in leading change. My future is in finding ways for emerging talent to realize its full potential.

Angela 3

2014 – 2017
Coaching and Mentoring

Building from scratch

In April 2014, I stepped out of this exciting career at BAT in an urge to grow my Coaching and Mentoring skills. I have successfully finalized the program at The Coaching Training Institute (CTI) and finally started my own business. Not only did the risk-taking, persistence, courage and struggles pay-off, but the move has been instrumental for my private and professional life. After 18 years of corporate roles, I have found my calling.

Angela 4

2017 – current
GRIT International

A Partner

The entrepreneurial spirit is built into my DNA. Thus, I am excited to be part of a team that has the aspiration to participate in global talent creation. I am a forward thinker with drive and a profound desire to improve and innovate. Leadership pipelines are not in the best shape around the world and I am truly excited to be able to change that outlook.

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