What do you appreciate the big bosses that affect your promotion? Life hacking from the president “Kyivstar”




The head of the company “Kyivstar” in an interview Layfhakeru told about the ideal employee, the main duties of the parents, the importance of the ability to deny what books to read, how to manage personal finances, public employees are considered ideal and why to think about work-life balance is still too early. Read, enlightening, inspiring!

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Peter Chernyshov 25 June 2014 headed the company “Kyivstar” (Ukrainian telecom operator), previously worked in the Carlsberg Group. In 2006, Mr. Chernyshov entered the top ten best top-managers of Ukraine according to the magazine “Companion”, and in 2007 became the best manager of nonalcoholic beer according to the annual ranking of “Top 100. Best Top Managers of Ukraine “.

Before moving to Ukraine Peter worked in the UK (United Utilities PLC), Italy (ABB), Sweden (BBH) and Russia (Baltic).

In 1990 he graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics, Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, and in 2000 – Masters of Financial Management Academy of National Economy in Moscow.

While working in BBH in 2001 earned a MBA from Kingston University, UK.


I try to play sports. Lose weight while failed, but managed to stabilize. I love to swim: a few times a week to try to swim kilometers. Prior to that, he loved to play squash. Now more cautious due to age.

I think that the sport need to teach children from childhood, the older you get, the harder it is to begin to engage.
I was a child engaged in handball and badminton.


With some time ceased almost have what is called “carbohydrates” – bread, pasta, pizza – in order to improve health. Therefore, Italy is always difficult to attend.

Sports gadgets

Wear a watch Garmin , synchronized with the iPhone. I’ve had a few, now is the latest version. Today here was 7457 steps (a meeting was held with Peter at 15:00). I go to the office, in meetings I go to the office. My goal – to 10,000 steps. Often turns out to achieve this result, but not always.

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Time Management

Try something that can be done quickly, done immediately.

If a simple email, you can respond immediately. If you want to give someone an additional order, the answer may come after a while. Sometimes, it happens, forget about the letter, and so I propose periodically remind me of her question. I have on the distribution of the time there is a very good assistant – is assistant Larissa. Do not know what I would do without her. Larissa – a man with a unique memory or system that nothing will ever allow it to be forgotten. I really look forward to it.

Special programs for time management do not use. Often the answer to the letters at night and on weekends.


Very little sleep. And it’s very helpful. I can sleep 5:00 and is perfectly normal to feel.

Program in your phone

I use a password keeper, weather, currency exchange. On the iPad read a lot. Signed on the English-language edition. For example, Financial times, Economist and some more.

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I like to drive myself, but now I move to the driver, which is related to the new post. On previous work traveled behind the wheel. At this stage of entering the post too many calls, a lot of letters to be read and have to save time. I have 2 personal cars. Lexus SUV and Mini Cooper Union Jack on the roof. Latest acquisition can be safely written manifestations of “midlife crisis.”



With regard to managing personal finances, in due time, I have come to one conclusion curious:

As a young and earning a little money, I did a great stupidity, trying to delay a couple of hundred pounds for a “rainy day.” But when you’re young and earning 1000-1500 dollars, while trying to delay the 200-300 dollars, depriving himself of many pleasures. But at this time for you this money means a lot more than 5 years 2000 or $ 3000 per month.

Therefore, I advise all young employees not to do so. Better to spend them until the young than to save, save, save, and then in 35 years to realize that collected over 10 years the amount you can save and for the year.

We must take care to work well and be competitive, so you could always wanted to work and take. If there is continued support of knowledge and skills, then it will and confidence in the future cash flow. And today’s cash flow should not be seriously annoying.

It follows immediately:

As long as you’re young, it is better to rent an apartment, do not mess with her buying on credit at an early age. After all, you can shoot better housing at once than to repay the loan to a small apartment.
I’ve bought my first flat 33 year loan, when already more or less normally earned.


Very well, when the wife is also the other. When you can not only discuss the education of children, but also a matter of vision, the book. Wife – is the person with whom you spend a lot of time in my life, and if it does not share your interests, it could end very badly. I have my wife and I are very many common interests, we have the same books we read, we like to go the same place.

And as it happens often: all beautiful in youth, in all everything is fine, beautiful sex , and then you’re keen on hockey and knitting it, you want to talk to her, but she is not interested, and you can not spend time together.


The main duty of parents – to give children the good education, they are able to pay. At the time, my parents provided me the best education they could afford.


Career and business, they differ from the policy

What do you appreciate the big bosses that affect your promotion? They appreciate the fact that you are able to make decisions, often unpleasant, but at the moment when it is needed.
Unpleasant for everyone – for others, for you. Business – very often unpleasant decisions.

Often need someone to disappoint, something to get done. It’s just say so, that the work go sing songs and do something joyful. This is not entirely correct. Very often it is necessary to cut costs, start some projects, which do not all agree, but they need to do. Therefore, you appreciate the ability to make unpopular, unpleasant and violent solutions.

This is often avoided politics. And in this business is very different from the policy. Therefore, politicians can not move back and forth with success. In politics appreciated, I think, make decisions, popular for most. People are very fond of it. And if you’re in the business of taking decisions for the most pleasant – it usually affects your shareholders who own the company. If you are in business suffer populism, it is difficult to move.

Peter Chernyshov

Ability to refuse

Manager is usually judged on projects. But I believe that it is important to more and something from which projects manager could not refuse.

In such companies, as “Kyivstar”, in the year about 200 projects discussed. Part we sell, and some – not. A common mistake – to start doing a project that will not bring success. It is important what kind of projects you stop, and that’s why you are judged. The company is not able to withstand all 200 projects. Although it is not visible, do not think about the projects that you have done, but the ones you did not.


On vacation I prefer to read. With a parachute jump is not, do not climb the mountains.



Jules Verne. Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham.

I read on the iPad and Kindle, buy them there. Do not listen to audiobooks. When I go in the car, talking on the phone or ponder some solutions.

I try to read a lot. Not only books, but also magazines. Since childhood, I read a lot. I come from a family where it is encouraged. May even be more than health food , unfortunately. It was believed that the more you read, the more chances you have in life, because it improves your education.

Top 10 books, which I consider the best (different genres):

Strugatsky “Hard to Be a God”;
Yulia Latynina “Russian baker or essays liberal pragmatist”;
Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”;
Suvorov “Icebreaker”;
A.Nikonov “Freedom of equality and fraternity. Moral Code of the Builder of capitalism “;
Michael Weller ” Fantasy Nevsky Prospekt “;
Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude “;
Jim Collins ‘Good to Great’;
Dmitry Bykov, “Railway”;
Akunin “Black City”.


My house outside the city, but very close to it. We have a barbecue. Bought Canadian gas barbecue. There is a fireplace, which we use every year – laziness.


Do not lie, do not steal, and this must be taken seriously.
Since it is not correct. No need to make a distinction between people by race, religion, sexual orientation. It’s all up to them. No need to climb to them in life.


This is when there are people who need you.

I have seen many people who have retired and soon they became ill. Like and there is money, and normal health, and could travel, but if you do not need – it’s very hard. I have seen many leaders who taxiing down the big companies, and then retirement and broke.


The most ambitious goals

Work occupies so large a place in life, it is difficult to separate the personal goals of the enterprise. I have a goal – to “Kyivstar” flourished. Not working – to give my children the best education that I can pay.

About the ideal employee

I had a boss who gave a good quote on the subject of employees, which I still drink. Boss was a Swede, his name was Christian. I asked him: “Christian and who is in your presentation perfect employee?”. He replied:

My ideal employee – a 35-year-old man with two kids and a great credit to the apartment.
It is fashionable argument, especially in Europe, work-life balance. They’re trying not overworked.

So I think that in Ukraine until this issue is not worth it, we are in a situation where it is necessary to “overworked.” Because Europe after the Second World War she worked for 16 hours, and it was ok. If you do not have a job, you have lived very poorly . It is only now they have built socialism, where a person can do nothing right after school, not to be hungry, and even go to rest.

I believe that they hung over the burden that they ever break. In developed European countries have the bulk of the population receives from the state budget more than pays. And when she voted for the election of those who promise to give even more. This leads to the destruction of the country. And in Europe, the part of the people who pay, is steadily declining. In Britain, 80% of taxes pays 12% of families.

State of himself built redistribyutora. Takes one and gives to another. And believes that it is doing something right.

(Question from the author: If you were the head of a European state, what would you do?)

There is a very good statement of European politicians:

We all know what to do, but we do not know how then again be selected.
The problem of Western countries is that they are willing to take unpleasant decisions when they have already reached the wall. When there is no exit.

Peter Chernyshov
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10 Life hacking from Peter Chernyshov:

Teach children to the sport since childhood;
Held 10,000 steps a day;
Immediately respond to simple e-mail;
Spending money until the young, start laying after 30;
Choose a wife not only for sex but also for friendship;
Giving children the best education that you can afford;
Be able to take unpleasant, unpopular decisions;
To abandon projects that will not succeed;
Do not make a distinction between people by race, religion, sexual orientation;
Not afraid “overworked”, think about work-life balance is too early!


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