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What are my values?

  • Humility: I think it's really important to minimize ego and pride. There's something really attractive about someone achieving great things, and being modest, rather than boasting about them.
  • Open-mindedness: I never want to be thought of as narrow-minded, and I don't enjoy engaging with people who aren't open to new perspectives. I'm always willing to accept I may be wrong.
  • Empathy: There's enough divisiveness and factionalism in the world. I find it easy to connect with people, and have enjoyed being referred to as "warm".
  • Kindness: This goes along with empathy. If I see an opportunity to help someone out and I have the time, I'll do so. I strive to leave each interaction I'm a part of a bit more positive than it was before.
  • Continuous improvement: Growth is huge for me. I've changed so much over the years, and reflecting on that, and on what makes me me - strengths, flaws, and everything in between - enables me to have a high level of self-awareness, and to try to be a better person for the future.
  • Stability: I've been described as "calm" and "certain". I enjoy the fact that I can think clearly amidst the chaos, and provide a steady presence for those around me.
  • Honesty: This is key for me. I want to be seen as trustworthy and transparent. It's important that I maintain an honest, open approach to the people I engage with. And am honest with myself.
  • Equality: Equality, in all its forms, is very important to me, and feeds directly into my political ideology. Among other causes, I'm passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, labor rights, the right to free and equal education, strong democratic institutions, and freedom of the press. We have a far way to go in society in terms of general equality, whether that's for women, children, racially marginalized communities, disabled populations, the homeless, or others. We really can do much better if we come together and care more.
  • Trust: I've found that trust brings about more trust. It's a beautiful thing to be able to be certain you can rely on someone, and they can do the same with you. Trust is the bedrock for so many other important parts of good relationships.
  • Good communication: This means being clear - saying what you mean and meaning what you say. It also means being tactful - knowing your audience and adapting in a diplomatic and considerate way. Good comnunication is the other foundation for positive, healthy relationships.
  • Knowledge and learning: I've always been described as "inquisitive", and I enjoy researching random things that interest me, like politics, current affairs, and technology. I think we can do better at ensuring that we're kept informed as a society, and avoid misinformation and sensationalist media.
  • Self-respect: Without going against the humility value, I'd like to say that loving myself is really important. I'm confident, and despite my flaws (or rather, inclusive of them), I enjoy being my true self. It's really important to treat yourself well. Be kind to yourself, as well as others.

What motivates me?

Many things! For one, the people I surround myself with. I love learning what makes people tick, and which things I do that make them smile. One of my biggest motivators in life is leaving behind a positive impact on those close to me.

I'm also very motivated by the quest for knowledge. I enjoy gaining new skills, as well as imparting that knowledge unto others whenever needed. Success can mean many different things to many different people, and I hope this gives you an idea of what it means to me.

What's a fun fact about me?

I'll give you a few!

Firstly, I really love dogs. I can sometimes be found saying hi to someone's pet on a trail, or enjoying spending time with dogs at my local adoption center and taking them for walks. There are so many cute, special doggos out there. My favorite breed is the Golden Retriever.

Secondly, I'm interested in cars! I've been intrigued for many years by the developments in the automotive industry. Driving can be really fun, whether that's on the road or off-roading, manual or automatic, and in small cars or big ones. It's cool how much tech is being integrated into cars these days. Which is a nice segue.

Lastly, I'm very into tech. I enjoy checking in with a number of tech blogs and YouTube channels so that I can keep up-to-date with the latest releases, developments, and continue to learn about a hobby I've had for as long as I can remember. I've built numerous PCs over the years for myself and my friends as a result.

What's my favorite pastime?

I thoroughly enjoy being in nature. Whether it's a walk along a beach, a hike in a forest, or just walking a dog in my own neighborhood, I find it easy to relax outdoors, recenter myself, and gain the clarity I need to tackle any new challenges that arise in my life. Sometimes I take a few photos too.

I'm also an avid gardener. That ties nicely into the nature interest. On the weekends, you can often find me kneeling in one of my flower beds, or browsing around my local garden center.

What are my greatest strengths?

  • Tactfulness: I believe tact is extremely important. Knowing when and how to put my thoughts into words has been immensely helpful in building my career and growing relationships. For me, this also involves having strong communication skills - knowing when to be concise, when to explain something at length, and how to diplomatically navigate various styles of communication in different settings. Life - and therefore the workplace - is filled with so many different kinds of people, and it's important to be able to interact with each one in a unique and respectful way, so that everyone feels valued. It's not always easy, but it's definitely fruitful.
  • Adaptability: Through my years of full-time work experience, I've needed to remain on my toes, and to be able to adjust according to changing industry outlooks, changing workplace conditions (such as new colleagues and new software systems), and changing goals. I'm not one to complain when things need to change course, and I'm quick to learn and take ownership of something new. This has resulted in my being appointed the lead for the rolling-out of certain changes in the workplace, and even being able to teach colleagues to get them up to speed with new processes.
  • Optimism: For as long as I can remember, I've always had a positive outlook on life in general. No matter the situation I find myself in - even if it seems unbelievably daunting - I enjoy having the ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel. To be able to find a positive outcome to look forward to. And to be able to reassure myself that putting in the effort will be worth it in the long-run. It's easy for me to remain self-motivated. Having an optimistic outlook both in the workplace and in my personal life allows me to avoid dwelling on the past, avoid harboring regrets, and to constantly look forward to what's to come.
  • Level-headedness: One of my colleagues once complimented by ability to remain calm amidst the chaos. And even to make others feel that way too. It's some of the best feedback I've ever received, and I believe it to be true. I find it easy to remain level-headed in times of stress, and use that nature to help those around me get there too. As valid as our emotions are, sometimes we just have to maintain a clear mind and push forward with what needs to be done.
  • Helpfulness: I take pride in being readily available to help others. In the workplace, I've developed a reputation for being the one who can be relied on to find time to take a look at your problem. No matter whether it's something as complicated as deciding between two conflicting research strategies, or as straightforward as fixing the downstairs printer or reformatting your Excel sheet, I like making myself available to help others figure things out. And I believe that the empathetic nature that's at the core of who I am as a person drives me to continue to do so.

What are my career ambitions?

Transitioning into the People & Culture space in 2022 was such a fantastic career move for me. I get to blend my people and organizational skills in a way no other role has afforded me in the past.

Also, my personality lends itself to doing well in this field. I approach people empathetically, without bias, with an open mind, and with the ability to make difficult decisions on behalf of the company if the situation calls for it.

My intention is to continue to grow and learn in the field, develop my P&C skills, and make sure my fellow samsters have what they need to succeed and feel fulfilled as we scale.

Aside from that, at this point, I intend to continue to form strong connections through networking. I'm open to volunteer positions.

Why did I decide to emigrate to Canada, and why did I move back to SA?

I saw emigrating to Canada as a fantastic opportunity to move to a country with more room to learn and grow. I then worked to satisfy the entry requirements through marketing-related work experience and gaining a Master's degree.

It wasn't all positive - there are pros and cons to living anywhere. No place is perfect. But, I have no regrets. I learned a lot from the experience, about myself and about others. And I gained a great job in the process.

In late 2023, I moved back to Cape Town, South Africa, to regain my culture, be close to my friends and family, and enjoy how spectacular the city is. As a bonus, this enabled me to remotely support samdesk's global team (in the same role) from a more central time zone. I'm really happy to be home.