“I’ve always believed that we are responsible for our impact on others and in our communities”: Our RiseFP winners open up about what our values mean to them

March 16, 2021

Leave The World Better Than We Found It, Mutually Invested, Never Satisfied, Keep It Real, and Be Courageous. These are the values that FP employees live and breathe every day.

Last year, our People and Marketing teams conducted a series of global interviews, focus groups and surveys to define our Values with the input of as many voices as possible, and we landed on these five values. One of the most important ways our values are expressed is through our RiseFP Employee Recognition Program, which puts the spotlight on outstanding FP team members who exemplify our core values in their life, work and relationships. We’re taking a moment to highlight their knowledge, advice and thoughts on the blog. Their words continue to inspire us all, take a read below! 

Lauren Crank: Leave The World Better Than We Found It, Mutually Invested, and Never Satisfied – North America Q4 2020 Winner

What do our values that you were recognized for mean to you? And how do you integrate them into your daily life – either professional or personal?

“I’ve always believed that we are responsible for our impact on others and in our communities – it’s not enough to stand alone when you could be helping someone up. Professionally, that means never letting a colleague struggle to do a project alone when you have the time to contribute, or helping to share the load for a partner to take a much-needed break. Personally, it means fighting for a reality where no one is at a disadvantage, and the resources we all share are valued and protected. To be recognized by my peers for values I hold so strongly means the world to me and gives me hope for an even brighter future for FP.”

 How have these values helped you in your career so far?

“In the wrong setting, some of these values have been a detriment – that helps you to know you’re not in the right place. In the right place (which ForwardPMX absolutely has been), it’s helped me to strengthen relationships with my coworkers and clients, improve the quality of my work, and get comfortable being a bit uncomfortable in order to grow and advocate for my peers.”

What’s a piece of advice you’d want to share with your peers, whether it’s something inspirational or something you’ve learned over the last year in the workplace?

First, I think I’ve learned more from my peers in the workplace than they could possibly learn from me. Aside from the practical and strategic skills that make me a better professional in this industry, I’ve learned important lessons in humility, resilience, and fun. If I had to choose one thing to share with my peers, I would tell them to figure out how their talents and interests can be used to help others in their communities. You could use your design talents to help a local business revamp their look or spread the word, your project management skills to help a nonprofit manage or restructure, or your social media presence to share a community issue. The options are limitless.

 

Melissa Lee: Winner for Be Courageous – APAC Winner

How have these values helped you in your career so far?

“Looking back at the start of my career, Organic SEO was not a popular digital marketing field in Korea, nor was it a service wanted by many clients. However, I was attracted to organic SEO after looking at many foreign reports and realizing that when paid media and organic activities are combined, great synergy is achieved. Hence, to get new opportunities for organic SEO in Korea, I am consistent with suggesting it to clients, taking the time to outline its benefits to them. I think I was able to receive this award because I persevered through adversity and worked hard to educate our clients.”

Tori Richards: Winner for Leave The World Better Than We Found It, Mutually Invested, Keep It Real, and Be Courageous – North America Q4 2020 Winner

What do our values that you were recognized for mean to you? And how do you integrate them into your daily life – either professional or personal?

“To be honest, I was so surprised and so very honored to receive this recognition. I am someone who, for better or worse, only has one speed when it comes to my work – I give 110%. It doesn’t sit well with me when I don’t feel like I am doing my best. I am so pleased that this dedication has manifested itself into these values that colleagues felt I deserved recognition for. At the end of the day, I just want to be a great person to work with in pursuit of client goals. I want to lift up the team around me and see them succeed. I want to take calculated risks and be brave in pursuit of personal growth. I want to build strong relationships and be able to practice authenticity in everything I do. I want to see my clients succeed in making the world a better place through each of their important missions. To be told that I am making an impact in these areas means everything to me.” 

How have these values helped you in your career so far?

“Whether it be through interactions with colleagues or clients, I’ve learned that you will gain trust and build stronger relationships when you keep it real.  When you approach every situation with openness – both a willingness to learn and to share perspective, everyone has something to gain.

I am so lucky to work in an industry and for a company that allows me to give back each and every day. I work primarily with nonprofit clients, so leaving the world a better place is an amazing byproduct of the job.

Being courageous is something that challenges me every day, but also one that has served me the most. I constantly try to live just far enough outside of my comfort zone that I feel like I am growing.”

What’s a piece of advice you’d want to share with your peers, whether it’s something inspirational or something you’ve learned over the last year in the workplace?

Be a team player. People want to work with and for people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help get the work done. There is also so much more to be gained as a team than as an individual.

Shelley Xing: Winner for Leave The World Better Than We Found It – APAC

What do our values that you were recognized for mean to you? And how do you integrate them into your daily life – either professional or personal?

“To me, ‘Leave The World Better Than We Found It’ means we can do better than we think. When we face new challenges, we should feel empowered to push past the status quo and achieve new goals.”

What’s a piece of advice you’d want to share with your peers, whether it’s something inspirational or something you’ve learned over the last year in the workplace?

“Facing the unknown future, we need not be afraid. Find enjoyment in every little thing around us, and enjoy the gift of life with peace of mind, no matter if it is good or bad.”

Bryan Cheong: Be Courageous – APAC

How have these values helped you in your career so far?

“To me, ‘Be Courageous’ means having the humility and excitement to learn on a personal level, as much as FP as a company invests a lot in training their own people. Be it new platforms or ways of working, it is super important that we continuously try to improve, given the rate things change within our industry. And in some way, hope that some of that enthusiasm would rub off on teammates/colleagues, to spark new ideas or innovation – and continuously improve together as a team.”

 

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