Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Galentine's Day: Love Song

As luck would have it, this year's Galentine's Day is falling on WIT Wednesday, so I thought I'd take a brief moment to say thank you to all the awesome women in my life. Founded by the one and only Leslie Knope, Galentine's Day is about ladies celebrating ladies, and we all need a bit more Shine Theory in our lives!

This past year and a half (ish) has provided me with opportunities to connect with so many amazing women, who have all inspired me in some form or another, so this is going to sound a little bit like a love letter, but if not on Galentine's Day, then when!?

I know I'm the master of my own destiny, but I am grateful to each and every person that I've had an interaction with since the start of my Salesforce journey. To all the wonderful women, lovely ladies, fierce females and smashing sisters in my life - I'm thankful for each and every one of you.

From the greater Ohana who lift me up every day, to the women in my WIT group, to the amazing ladies I get to collaborate on projects with and to the awesome Salesforce employees - thank you. Thank you for everything you've done to inspire me to reach my full potential and be a better person every single day.

I'll have a post soon about my time at Bossed Up Bootcamp, but to finish off this brief post, I'm going to end with a quote from Emilie Aries - We Lift As We Climb. That's what Shine Theory is all about.

Happy Galentine's Day! xo

Soundtrack: Love Song - Sarah Bareilles, because Waitress.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Admin to Admin: My Shot

From Admin to Admin - Administration to Administrator. I'm going to post on this topic a few times going forward, as I'm a big advocate for those in Administration roles moving into the role of Salesforce Administrator - primarily because, that's my story.

As some of you may already know, I was recently promoted to the role of "Technology and Project Manager", but to be honest, is it really a promotion if you're already doing the work anyway!? So while I've been thinking about what that title means, and how I've ended up here, I wanted to share part of my journey, and specifically the impact Salesforce has had on my career so far.

Even though I am still part of the Administration team, since we started using Salesforce I've moved up in the ranks, beginning at "Executive Assistant & IT Coordinator" to when we implemented in late 2017, to just "IT Coordinator" once we were using it regularly in 2018, and now that I have well and truly taken the reigns and am the Captain of the ship, to my current title.

Diving a little deeper, when I first started back in 2011, my title was "Administrative Assistant", and now as a "Salesforce Administrator", I've travelled the path of "Admin to Admin"!

So how did I end up here? To again quote #Hamilforce, I did not throw away My Shot... and boy do I have a lot of brains, but no polish!

My company decided to implement Salesforce, and as the almost Accidental Admin, I went for it. And while it's all well and good to think that you just need for your company to choose Salesforce for you to have that opportunity and succeed, it is really up to you to make sure you're not throwing away your shot.

I've spent hours upon hours on Trailhead, studying, researching and sandboxing to come up with the best solution for my business, which has also given me the opportunity to skill up in the process.

When we had our promotion announcement in the office, each person had a couple of things read out as to what we had done to deseve a promotion over the course of 2018, and mine included the facts that I completed my Salesforce Administrator Certifcation, and that I was a speaker at Dreamforce. Definitely a proud #AwesomeAdmin moment.

I'm going to keep it short this time, but rest assured I will be talking about this topic again in the future, and how it can work for others, but for now, I'm bringing it back down to a one liner - Salesforce has changed my life, and pulled me out of the "typing pool".

Where it all began...
Soundtrack: My Shot - Hamilton

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