Our RiseFP Winners on ‘Staying Hungry’, ‘Freeing Yourself from Perfection’ & What it Truly Means to be ‘In This Together’

September 3, 2021

Creating ways to recognize and inspire our people has been of the utmost importance over the last year and a half.

One of the ways we do this is through our RiseFP Awards Program, which celebrates outstanding team members who embody our five core values: Keep It Real, Never Satisfied, Mutually Invested, Be Courageous, and Leave the World Better Than We Found It. The values are ingrained within our behaviors, and in our ways of working with each other and our clients. They also influence how we see and interact with the world, both within our own agency walls and in our broader communities.

The recipients of these awards were nominated by their colleagues and then chosen by a curated panel of peers who go through a comprehensive review and selection process to uncover the winners. This half year, our review panels received an overwhelming number of submissions to review, which is a sign of just how many team members we have around the world who are contributing value far beyond what is asked of them in their day to day work.

To further celebrate the winners, we took the time to capture some knowledge and advice from them:

Keep It Real Recipients:

Erin Esterleine – North America

What does ‘Keep it Real’ mean to you in your every day in terms of your behaviors and beliefs?

It’s an honesty first policy – being truthful and forthcoming in all encounters. It’s a mindset that’s equally true in professional as well as personal life.

Being truthful with clients allows them to set realistic expectations about what our programs are able to achieve and where we might need additional resources. “Keep it Real” means that my excitement about ongoing programs translates well with the clients and allows us to work more cohesively as a team, instead of as a traditional client agency relationship.

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

Setting boundaries with time at work is extremely important. Given the current state of the world, being able to step away from the computer and have time for other activities has helped me to work more efficiently and effectively during my time online. The time away makes me refreshed and excited to log on and check in with my team.

Daria Budakova – APAC RU

What does ‘Keep it Real’ mean to you in your every day in terms of your behaviors and beliefs?

Keeping it real means always staying true to who I am, no matter the situation or environment. We are all different in our approaches, behaviors, and world outlooks. I believe this is something we should cherish and be proud of.

How has “Keeping It Real” helped you in your career thus far?

I try to be as honest and straightforward as I can with my team – sometimes, I struggle to find the best solution for the task or feel we could have done something better. My colleagues share the same approach, and there’s a mutual understanding that anything is achievable. Any problems can be resolved quickly, because no one will be hiding a weak spot when it occurs.

Never Satisfied Recipients

Riley Yeung – APAC RU

First, I really appreciate my colleagues for nominating me for the “Never Satisfied” award. It is a high acknowledgment for my work and encourages me to keep it up!

What does “Never Satisfied” mean to you in your every day in terms of your behaviors and beliefs?

“Never Satisfied” means that we should always look for new opportunities, next-level performance achievements, and actively think outside-the-box to create better solutions for clients and teammates. In my every day, I work to become the person my teammates can count on, and clients can trust.

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

Stay hungry, stay foolish! Don’t be satisfied staying in your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they seem dumb.

How has being “Never Satisfied” helped you in your career thus far?

Being “Never Satisfied” has encouraged me to step up in client meetings and get involved with more pitches to gain multi-channel knowledge. I feel grateful to my managers, Catherine and Ying, who appreciate my work attitude and continue to offer me more opportunities at work. Thank you!

Eleanor Williams – EMEA

What does Never Satisfied mean to you in your everyday in terms of your behaviors and beliefs?

For me, it’s always about going that extra mile whether that’s for the client, team, or simply just reviewing and revising a piece of work or an idea. I believe that everything can be finetuned and improved upon and want to ensure we are delivering the best work we can produce. This is something I try to instill in others too!

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

Your best ideas will rarely come to you when you’re in front of your laptop, so if you are stuck or looking for inspiration, step away from your work environment!

I always find that doing something non-work related, such as going for a walk, helps me to think clearly with fewer distractions. The notes section on my phone is full of random bullet points around ideas, angles from insights, and positioning for new business pitches.

Mutually Invested Recipients

Jooyeon Lim – APAC RU

What does “Mutually Invested” mean to you in your every day in terms of your behaviors and beliefs?

Mutually invested means I work for the whole team’s success and expect the same from each of my team members too.

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

I’ve learned that it’s okay to be open and frank about things that make you feel overwhelmed. At some point, everyone is going through something, and it can help to share that with a peer.

How has being “Mutually Invested” helped you in your career thus far?

Being mutually invested has been one of the main things I love about our culture. We work together to achieve better goals, and a lot of times that means knowledge and workload sharing, brainstorming together, and more. Moving up in my career will always involve growing with the people around me, and that’s being mutually invested.

Mariah Madera – North America

What does “Mutually Invested” mean to you in your every day in terms of your behaviors and beliefs?

Mutually Invested means we’re in this together and never too busy to ask, ‘How can I help?’. I’m happy to lend a hand and offer support because investing in people pays out exponentially. My mentors have dedicated countless valuable hours to me, and I’m so grateful to be able to pay it forward.

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

When you dream big, great work can become daunting. What if it doesn’t work or it’s not good enough? I’ve let self-doubt and fear of making the wrong decisions keep me from making all the right ones. When you free yourself from the idea of perfection, you allow yourself to explore and grow. If you haven’t failed, then you haven’t really tried.

I’ll make mistakes and learn from them – molding and shaping outcomes over time. I want my team to grow from mistakes instead of fearing them, knowing that I have their backs. The work may seem overwhelming, but it can be accomplished when you work as a team.

Be Courageous Recipients

Jeremy Tang – APAC RU

What does “Be Courageous” mean to you in your every day in terms of your behaviors and beliefs?

It allows me to keep learning and take up new things. I believe learning is not a matter of ability, but willingness. ‘Being Courageous’ keeps me from thinking “if” I can do it, but “how” I can do it.

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

“When you overcome difficulties, they become your capabilities. Do not be afraid to take up new challenges, as they are the best way to help you grow.”

Leave the World Better Than We Found It Recipients  

Matthew Naramore – NA

What does “Leave the World Better Than We Found It” mean to you in your every day in terms of your behaviors and beliefs?

It means giving your all to everything you do! Be eager when taking on projects and challenges, inspire your team members with a positive attitude, and don’t be afraid of going the extra mile.

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

Everyone can make a difference! We all have a unique set of skills and capabilities that can be applied towards making tomorrow better for everyone. Kiss The Ground is just one example of applying our expertise to a meaningful purpose. We all have the capacity to contribute to a greater good.

How has “Leaving the World Better Than We Found It” helped you in your career thus far?

Every day, the concept of “leaving the world better than we found it” inspires and motivates me to strive beyond our clients’ goals and to keep raising the bar.

Chiho Miyashita – APAC RU

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

“Leaving the World Better Than We Found It” seems fussy sometimes, but you need at least one person like that on the team!

 

Interviews for the second RiseFP blog are currently in progress, so check back soon for some more inspiration from our team!

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