When it comes to studying astronomy, Lucas describes the equipment assembly as “somewhat bureaucratic.” It requires calculations, observations and measurements. And the goal is simple, but always the same: “I’m just hoping to achieve the perfect visualization or to see something I haven't in all these years I've been observing the sky.” He follows a similar process in his role as a procurement manager, adhering to the fundamental aspects of gathering data, analyzing it and building a business case. Staying focused and true to proven methods helps him achieve his goals, just like the day planetary alignment was perfect and he observed the polar ice caps on Mars. Whether he’s studying the skies or a problem at work, he’s inspired by the simplicity of a process that achieves results.
“I think the message of astronomy is that we should be the best we can in everything we do, because we are, literally, insignificant before the entire universe that surrounds us.”
How do you describe your job to family and friends?
I tell them I work as a facilitator so our customers can be assisted in a timely manner and according to their expectations.
What are some of the greatest challenges you need to take on in order to be successful in your role?
The biggest challenges are related to communication, because we need to align expectations with time, cost and fit.
When you’re facing those challenges, what are some of your personal strengths and abilities that come into play?
When facing these challenges, I stay patient and analyze conditions so we can keep on target with our goals. In those moments, I make myself available to everyone so I can make a difference.
How do those same elements show up in the passions and interests you pursue outside of work?
My work is similar to studying astronomy because both require a lot of interaction between processes, behaviors and evaluations in order to achieve results. And both require patience and analysis before action.
Why is your passion important to you?
For me, astronomy is more of a curiosity than anything else. One thing that continually motivates me to practice astronomy is being able to see the new things, the details. Every time I observe the sky, I see something different.
How have you grown at UnitedHealth Group?