As a work-from-home mom for about a year, I took the challenge of becoming a manager. At that time, my experience in terms of business operations was very limited, and in my heart the only goal I had was to reach out to more people – to be able to inspire them to do their best in what they do.
This month is very memorable to me, because this was the same month that sealed my fate for the current position that I am in. When Karlo (the COO) interviewed me for the managerial position I was applying for, his final question was, “Where do you see yourself in the next six months?” I vividly remember that I did not even bat an eyelash or even stammer when I answered, “I want to be in HR.”
So, now, here I am. Six months into my HR position, and celebrating my first year anniversary with the Company, I still find myself on a continuous journey of reaching out and inspiring people. And through this journey, I have gained the following insights:
1. Have COURAGE and be KIND.
Yes, this came straight out from the live action Cinderella movie, and this has become my “mantra” for the last six months. Being in this position is not a walk in the park. There are some people who think that being kind or nice does not fit in the workplace. They may be aloof, detached, or just simply unfriendly towards you. Sometimes, you would also want to be like that. Yet, if you think about it, you’re in the office for the most part of your day, and it doesn’t hurt to be genuinely kind, right?
2. It’s better NOT to expect… just do it because you know it’s the RIGHT thing.
Let’s face it, the reason why kindness is taken for granted is because of the notion that when you’re kind to someone, something is expected in return. The thing with us Filipinos is that our sense of “utang na loob” (debt of gratitude) leads us to feel bad when someone does something nice for us. I have learned over the past few months that when you show someone genuine kindness, you should never expect anything in return. Just do it, because it’s the right thing to do. It makes you feel better, and saves you from stress.
3. HUMILITY is NOT thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of YOURSELF less.
Most of the time, being humble is frowned upon, as most people perceive it as a sign of weakness. The truth is, it is actually a proof of strength. I have realized that when you are humble, you are able to understand the real need of the people around you, and you are able to function based on that need. As bestselling motivational author Simon Sinek would put it: “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.”
The past twelve months have been one of the craziest roller coaster rides of my life filled with heartaches and tears, and of course, a lot of joys and laughter. All the emotions that I have been through in the last couple of months have contributed to my growth, not just as a person, but most of all as a leader.
Of course, my growth would not have been possible without the help of the people in my life, and the people I have met in my journey. To my Production Department teammates, thank you for collaborating with me when I was still a part of the team. You guys have pushed me to create ideas and processes, which I never thought I’d be able to come up with.
To my HR family (Ace, Yahjme, Kree, Phey, Franz, Ma Ra, and Kuya Melvin), thank you for accepting me right away from Day 1. Thank you for always being open and welcoming to whatever changes come along our way, and suggesting processes that will make us accomplish our tasks more efficiently. I look forward to continue growing with you guys.
To Boss Martin, thank you for the inspiring quotes you give out when you’re around. The latest one you gave about humility and courage really struck me as it goes well with your envisioned culture of NMS, which is that we are a Caring Company. Now, I know that I belong.
To my Mama (Raymundina), thank you for always being tough on me. You’re the classic Ilocano Mom, who’s “confidently bitchy, with a heart”. You’ve prepared me well for this moment in my life.
And of course, to my Lara, thank you for being my inspiration. You have taught me life lessons that only a child like you can teach – simple joys and straightforwardness.
This is my first year.
Looking forward to the many life-changing adventures that are yet to come!
By: Sophie Sales