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 Sonya Doshi – our talent scout in Los Angeles.
First up – how long have you worked with us?
I have been with ADAPTOVATE for 6 months
Why did you join us? Were you in the industry previously, or looking for a new career direction?
I first heard of ADAPTOVATE through a family friend who works at this company, Alan Trivedi. Alan had nothing but great things to say about ADAPTOVATE and from our initial conversation, I could hear his enthusiasm about the company, Team Members and Partners.
I wasn’t actively looking for a new role at the time however, after having a conversation with Simmy (Chief Talent Scout) and two of the Partners (Doug and Paul), I instantly started to feel that this is where I belong. A company that encourages collaboration and team work and an environment which celebrates hard work and achievements. I’ve always been apart of an HR team however, I have worked in a couple of different industries.
The consulting world was new to me but with the support of my Team, Colleagues and Partners, it did not take me too long to adjust. Overall, I love the Talent Scout role! I get to learn so much about our candidates and I get to be my cheerful/peppy self throughout the day.
How has your previous experience and career helped define where you are now? Would you have done things differently?
After graduating from college, the first opportunity that came my way was in the Human Resources department for a logistics company. I started off as a HR Admin and started working my way up. In 2016, I grew into a leadership role and I was certain that I wanted a career in Human Resources/Talent Acquisition.
I decided to go to Graduate School for a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership. If I could go back, I would not change a thing. I am happy with the experience and education I have had so far because it allowed me to have a career opportunity at ADAPTOVATE. I could not be happier with the company and people I work with.
How do you balance your work life with your ‘real’ life – Do you have a good balance and how important is it to you?
I am very luck to have a balance between my work life and my ‘real life’. My day typically starts at 9AM and ends around 6:30PM. ADAPTOVATE is great about making sure we have a work/life balance. I feel that having a good balance is the key for productivity and feeling energized to go to work everyday.
For many people, it is hard to avoid responding to emails after an 8 hour work day, I struggle with that from time-to-time. I feel that responding to a quick email can be as easy as responding to a text message from a friend. Even though none of my Team Members at ADAPTOVATE are expecting a response from me over the weekend, I sometimes seem to think that my response will help the work move along quicker.
Over time, I have started to change that habit and be more present with my family on weekends and evenings.
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 do work from home majority of the time. I set up an office in a spare room when I was offered this job. Even though the spare room has been converted into an office, I have not used it once. I enjoy working on my dining table, I spread out my colorful pens, notebook, laptop, water and enjoy the sun shining through from my backyard.
Working from home was an adjustment for me, I am an extrovert so I really enjoy the in-person interaction with colleagues.
For anyone that is new to the work from home set-up, here are a couple of tips that may help:
1. Environment – Try to work from a place that has lots of natural light and has a view to the outside. When your eyes feel strained from looking at your computer, give them a window break, take a look outside or even go for a quick walk.
2. Morning Routine – Try to wake up at the same time as you would if you were going into the office and change out of your bedtime clothes.
3. Schedule – If possible, keep your work day within your normal working hours to allow yourself time to unplug and rest. Make sure to incorporate breaks into your schedule: Go for a walk, make a cup of tea and try to stay present in what you do. You’ll may notice that a mindful break is energizing.
Do you play music during your Agile workshops with clients? What do you recommend on your latest playlist?
As a Talent Scout I spend most of my day on video calls/phone calls. I don’t have many opportunities to listen to music during the day. If I do though, I usually like to listen to Coldplay in the background.
Success to me is living with authenticity and having a curious mind. Sonja Doshi - our talent scout in LA. Click To Tweet
How do you think technology has best helped humanity and do you have any concerns about our future?
Technology has really helped people stay connected throughout the globe. With family in so many different parts of the world and having different options to connect with them though Facebook, Facetime, etc., it has really helped me get through different stages of my life.
I do feel a sense of concern regarding young children having too much access to phones, tablets and video games. I love the fact that kids can stay connected with their loved ones through technology but I do believe that having a balance is important.
Everywhere I go, be it grocery stores, malls, restaurants, etc., I am almost guaranteed to see a toddler with their eyes glued to a screen. I am impressed with the amount of programs and apps that are are available to help children develop different skills; I also believe that a limit should be upheld.
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)
The company that instantly comes to mind is, Amazon. Over the years, the company adapted to the change in technology as well as their customers’ needs and wants.
Amazon continues to introduce new ways of online shopping. Amazon’s initial focus was on selling books and today, you can purchase anything on Amazon and have it at your doorstep the next day. They have been able to evolve this far because they value change and adaptability.
What does success mean to you personally?
Success to me is living with authenticity and having a curious mind.
Finally – You’ve time travelled back to your 10- year old self – What advice would you give?
Celebrate even your smallest accomplishments in life!
You can connect with Sonya on LinkedIn