The Backstory – Saytina Vielot


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Our Monthly interview with one of the ADAPTOVATE team. Each month we ask one of our team from around the world to answer a few questions. While not in the same league as The Proust Questionnaire – we think it’s a great way to share our stories with you.

This month we sat down and spoke with Saytina Vielot – a consultant in our US office. 

Tina in Eygpt

1. First up – how long have you worked with us?

7 months

2. Why did you join us? Were you in the industry previously, or looking for a new career direction?

I was in the industry previously, but was looking for a company with the right fit. ADAPTOVATE was exactly what I was looking for in a company. Amazing co workers, excellent values, great culture, and work life balance.

3. How has your previous experience and career helped define where you are now? Would you have done things differently?

I would have not done things differently, my previous experience was a stepping stone to where I am now. They have made me into the professional I am today.

4. How do you balance your work life with your ‘real’ life – Do you have a good balance and how important is it to you?

Work life balance is extremely important to me! This helps me remain positive and improve my physical, mental and emotional well being.

5. With so many of our team remote working, we always like to ask how do you have your home office/desk set up? Organised or chaos? Any top tips?

I am absolutely organized! I like to think I have OCD haha. If my desk is organized, it enables my day to have increased productivity and reduced stress.

6. Do you play music during your Agile workshops with clients? What do you recommend on your latest playlist?

Due to remote working it would be pretty hard to play music during conference calls,Microsoft teams and zoom meetings. I keep my workshops engaging by having it be interactive and hands on. I like to use tools like Miro and Azure Dev Ops so everyone can get into the tool and collaborate during a workshop.

7. How do you think technology has best helped humanity and do you have any concerns about our future?

Without technology I do believe we would not have the advancements we have today in sectors like education, healthcare, communication and business. I have no concerns for the future.

8. Strategic Foresight allows companies to detect changes early and ensure action is taken quickly. Which companies have you seen able to change and adapt quickly. (and hopefully using Agile methods to do so)

Due to the world going through a pandemic, a lot of companies have the ability to adapt quickly to the consequences of COVID. Companies like Amazon, Walmart, and target are making delivery times shorter, providing curbside pickup, and even have specific times for the elderly to shop.

9. What does success mean to you personally?

Success means I am happy and I have achieved the goals I have set out to achieve.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – John Rohn

10. Finally – You’ve time travelled back to your 10- year old self – What advice would you give?

Stay true to yourself, and always stay motivated to strive for the best.

Special 11th Question – How have you found 2020, and working through life and work during COVID?

Although we are currently living through a pandemic, I have made it a positive experience for myself. I have become Vegan and gluten free. I also have taken up the hobby of running. I run at least a 5k every day, and I feel amazing!

The Inner Story – What does success mean to you?

The Inner Story 2019 series.

What’s the Inner Story series? These are the hidden stories from our The Back Story team interviews in 2019.  When we went back and looked at all our interviews over the past year we noticed some powerful themes surfacing.    So we thought what better way to count down to 2020 than share some of these with you.   

 

THE INNER STORY – THE  SUCCESS QUESTION.

We asked our team what success meant to them?

 

Caitilin Studdert -Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

Success for me is if any achievement is shared. A celebration on your own is downright boring.

Chelsea Bates – Principal, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

Winning as a team! Be it crossing the finish line of the Oxfam trail walk with my team of 4 together or helping a client solve a cool problem together.

Steve Walton – Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, USA.

Success means the ability to do what I love with confidence and being in the position to choose what some of those things are.

Brigitte Odgers-Jewell – Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, Singapore.

Being able to spend quality time with my family and friends and knowing that I have contributed in some way to the happiness or success of someone in the word.

Katy Hughes – Consultant, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

Success to me is enjoying what you do and doing it well. As long as I am enjoying what I do I will consider myself successful!

Michal Bak – Principal, ADAPTOVATE, Poland.

Being happy with your life. Being able to say “I’ve had a good life”

Kayla Cartwright – Senior Consultant, ADAPTOVATE, USA.

Enjoying and learning in as many moments as you can. There’s a popular American beachy musician named Jimmy Buffet; I try to live my life by one of his song lines (among many): “If we didn’t laugh we would all go insane”.

You can read full interviews with each of our team at The Back Story.

The Inner Story – Work Life Balance

The Inner Story 2019 series.

What’s the Inner Story series? These are the hidden stories from our The Back Story team interviews in 2019.  When we went back and looked at all our interviews over the past year we noticed some powerful themes surfacing.    So we thought what better way to count down to 2020 than share some of these with you.   

 

THE INNER STORY –WORK LIFE BALANCE QUESTION.

We asked our team how they balance work life with their ‘real’ life. Do they have a good balance and how important is it to them?

 

Caitilin Studdert -Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

Let’s not pretend, all of us have times where work / life is completely out of whack but fortunately I’ve had great leaders who have acknowledged how important it is to seek it constantly. When I’m involved with a client I obsess over learning about the company and industry because I’m a big believer in the power of preparation. In my ‘real life’ -my family is the bees knees. I run with them, burn perfectly good food with them by mistake, watch great quality trashy TV with them and adore our generous extended family. Without them, I wouldn’t be as gritty and imperfect.

 

Chelsea Bates – Principal, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

The work life balance is great! I have time for regular exercise and time with family and friends. Work life balance is important as I believe you need a balance to be happy with both. Get the balance wrong in one direction and the other suffers.

 

Steve Walton – Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, USA.

This year my life has been crazy in the most exciting of ways. I am someone who gets immersed in the work when they enjoy it and see the benefits of their effort. The last year and a half I have worked with someone exciting clients doing things that were going to change their thinking and internal interactions in a way which would enrich the working lives of their staff while simplifying their businesses. During the day I am fully present and work long days. I balance the long days with leaving my work behind when I finish the day. Spending time with those close to me is important to me. I am very thankful for video conferencing to let me be with them when I can’t be there in person.

 

Brigitte Odgers-Jewell – Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, Singapore.

I’d describe it as work life integration. I’m a mother, wife, daughter, sister and have a full-time corporate career. It’s what I signed up to and it’s up to me to make it work. I work hard and I play hard, I love it! There are a few non-negotiables that get me down if skipped. I try to do 30 minutes of exercise and 10 minutes of meditation 5 days a week before touching any technology. I also try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Every now and then a demanding schedule throws a spanner in the works. Being disciplined to get back into routine is hard sometimes but I feel so much better for it. I’m so privileged to be able to go to some amazing holiday destinations around the world every year with my family. I make sure that the batteries are recharged and I’m ready for whatever opportunities await me. On the weekends when I’m home, I make sure I go for a run, long walks and cuddles with Roxy my dog and make time for romance.

 

Katy Hughes – Consultant, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

Work / life balance is really important to me. Even throughout busy periods in work I try to maintain a good routine of

  1. Exercising – making sure I am able to exercise 3-4 times a week really helps me focus and release any stress!
  2. Working from the office instead of home – as much as possible I work from the office, even if it means staying late! This enables me to separate my home life from my office life
  3. Understanding and respecting my team’s commitments – at the beginning of each project, we get together as a team to outline our team norms, ways of working and commitments. Understanding these upfront and respecting them when they occur ensures the whole team have a good work /life balance!

 

Michal Bak – Principal, ADAPTOVATE, Poland.

I believe there is only one “life” – I don’t make a distinction between work life and personal life. I try to see my life as a whole and act upon it. That means that I take advantage of every moment and anything that my life brings to me, and at the same time relentlessly follow my passions.

 

Kayla Cartwright – Senior Consultant, ADAPTOVATE, USA.

I think I have a strong “balance”, probably because this is VERY important to me. I prefer to think about work-life “integration” instead of balance. If you can be part of an organization that aligns with your values and allows you to bring your true self to work, then integration is much easier. I’ve been happy to find that here at ADAPTOVATE so far. On a more tactical note, I prioritize and focus on outcomes so that I make sure I use my time wisely; I aim and usually get 8 hours of sleep and try to spend lots of time with my loved ones (including my pup!), usually enjoying good food, hiking or going to the beach.

You can read the full interviews with our team at THE BACK STORY

The Inner Story – 10 Year Old Self

The Inner Story 2019 series.

What’s the Inner Story series? These are the hidden stories from our The Back Story team interviews in 2019.  When we went back and looked at all our interviews over the past year we noticed some powerful themes surfacing.    So we thought what better way to count down to 2020 than share some of these with you.   

THE INNER STORY – THE TIME TRAVEL QUESTION

We asked our team – You’ve time travelled back to your 10- year old self – What advice would you give?

 

Caitilin Studdert -Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

Your imperfections are just perfect. Stick with them.

Chelsea Bates – Principal, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

Travel at any opportunity you get.

Steve Walton – Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, USA.

Be more confident. I am at my best when I am relaxed and enjoying what I do.

Brigitte Odgers-Jewell – Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE, Singapore.

Keep up the French lessons, learn to play the piano, speak to your father in German, give up the ballet classes (you will never be coordinated), stand up for what you believe, it’s okay to disagree with the majority, not everyone will love you – it’s okay – the one’s that do, really do.

Katy Hughes – Consultant, ADAPTOVATE, Australia.

Always be polite, ask lots of questions and travel as much as possible!

Michal Bak – Principal, ADAPTOVATE, Poland.

Go for it, take decisions even if they are tough, and be ready to accept the consequences

Kayla Cartwright – Senior Consultant, ADAPTOVATE, USA.

Eat less candy. Wear more sunscreen. Be nicer to your sister 😉

 

You can read full interivews with our team at THE BACK STORY.