The Director's Speech

July 01, 2018

I've never been prouder listening to someone make a speech in our workplace, all because all the points that this person has stated during the speech talked about the life lessons that I have learned (and still learning) during all my stay in my current company. Just last week, we had a "woman leadership empowerment" session at the office, wherein women leaders were invited to talk about their experiences and to share lessons to inspire other women in the company.

Our director was one of the speakers that was invited, and I felt excited and proud to know that. I was excited for other people to know how awesome a leader and a person our Director is. I think I have mentioned it in the blog how I really look up to the leaders in our team. When I first came to the team (5 years ago), it was a female-dominated team, and one of the most respected teams in the company, all because of the well upbringing of our leaders. The newer members of our team were not used to our team dynamics, because we treat our superiors as friends, even hanging out and going out of town (and country) with them to chill. We really do enjoy each other's company. We were able to isolate personal and professional relationships.

Our director is indeed an icon of woman leadership. For a time, she was the lone lady in the higher-ups in our department. We are in a technical field, and it was not such a surprise really that it was male-dominated. But this didn't become a hindrance for our director to shine and to assert herself with other leaders.

Here below are the 4 points she highlighted in her speech. I'm writing it here because I want myself to always remember them, in case I become lost in my way in the future and needed some kind of reminding again. 😅

  1. Build your connections; widen your network. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to people. It's always helpful to have contacts in every department in the company - people you know you can trust to work well with. Of course, it is a give-and-take relationship. Connections will help you build your reputation, thus contributing to your success.
  2. Work with all your heart. Give it your all. Don't turn over work that is done half-heartedly. In case your best was still not enough, ask for feedback and redo the work until you reach the quality of output that is needed.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people. It's helpful to have positive reinforcement around you, helping you make a more favorable outlook in any situation in life.
  4. Pray. We can't do all the work ourselves. We would always need a guide. Pray for the best outcome.

In those few minutes of her talk, I felt like I saw the years and everything that happened being played 5x the speed. When I first came to the company, she was manager of our team, and I was able to witness how she made it to the Director position. I always tell this to my colleagues -  I'm very lucky to have her as one of my mentors. I've learned a lot from her, still learning, and will learn a lot lot more in the future.

Cheers, and more power to all the women in the IT field! 🎉🎉🎉

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