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June Spotlight: Cathy Roberts
Title: Senior Engagement Manager
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Been with Collaborative for: 3 Years
Why did you choose Collaborative?
In certain ways, my joining Collaborative in 2019 was destined. I had worked with Duane Goff (Collaborative APAC Regional VP) many years before I joined Collaborative, while we were both involved in implementing Oracle systems. I was then on the client side, and Duane the implementation partner. I loved working with Duane and his team and we kept in touch. Then, 10-years down the track, Duane spoke to me about joining Collaborative. I had also worked with Michael Shnider (APAC Regional Sales Manager) previously and really enjoyed that working relationship. I was interviewed by Heidi Woolf for my role and clicked with her immediately. So, joining Collaborative was an easy decision. Now, three years after joining Collaborative, I feel extremely happy I joined such a great company where I feel part of an incredibly supportive team.
What does your day-to-day look like in your role?
My day is somewhat driven by the stage of the project(s) on which I am working and the respective activities for that stage, dictated by the Workday prescribed methodology. Typically, my day starts by logging in early and reviewing messages/emails – I like to see what’s come in overnight due to working in APAC for a global company. I then exercise for an hour or so. Exercising in the morning sets me up for the day. I’m a long-distance runner, so generally I’m training for my next event and that keeps me honest with my exercise. Due to Covid, I’m still working from home, so the day/week is filled with regular online meetings with the Collaborative project teams, the client Project Manager, Collaborative Managers/Directors, and Workday DA Manager. As an EM, I also attend presentations to the client including architect and customer confirmation sessions. There is project admin for which an EM is responsible, including reviewing/approving timesheets and client invoices, preparing and updating project plans, managing the Workday tenants, as well as managing resourcing and the project budget. I’ve got a good routine that I follow for specific days of the week, and I use my diary to keep me focused by blocking time for all activities.
What do you love about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is the people I work with and the support we provide to each other. The support has allowed me to not only successfully progress some difficult client situations, but also encourages me to be the best version of myself. I love that I have a proven methodology to work with to guide me in undertaking my job and that I work with a product (Workday) that is so progressive and much in demand. There are many other things to love about my job including the flexible working hours, being able to work from home, and I feel financially very well rewarded for what I do.
What does it take to be successful in your role?
The role of an EM on a Workday project is like that of a Project Manager but requires specific knowledge of Workday as a system and the Workday deployment methodology to successfully manage a Workday project. I feel a large part of being successful in my role of EM is being organized, but good communication and building strong relationships with all parties involved in a Workday project are also key. My success is significantly dependent on the success of the Collaborative project team assigned to the project for which I am EM. I like to work in a flat structure, where the team knows we all have important roles and that they can come to me and feel supported with whatever they need. I believe a supported person can do amazing things, and I have observed this with many of the amazing Collabies I have had the pleasure of working with on the projects where I have been EM.
How does Collaborative help you grow as a person and in your career?
Working for Collaborative as an employee differs greatly from what I had done prior to joining when I was working as a contractor for many years. The regular meetings with my manager, along with the focus on feedback and appraisals, has definitely helped me grow not just in my role, but also personally. The opportunity to get involved in other work-related activities such as the pre-sales process and also non-specific work activities such as being a presenter on ‘Tips on Running a Marathon’ and ‘Building a Robust Immune System’ for our Week of Learning has provided significant personal and professional growth.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Wow – what a big question. If I had a superpower, it would be to improve communication at all levels for everyone everywhere in the world so that everybody took the time to hear and ideally understand each other’s perspective and point of view. The extension of this would be to increase the empathy and respect we have for each other and engender compassion and caring around the world. If this was possible, then I would hope that all of us, no matter where in the world we live and what our beliefs are, would respect each and that this would stop wars like the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. If I had a superpower, I promise to only use it for good!
What’s your favorite TV show at the moment?
I have a curious personality type, which means I like to know the answer to whatever is presented to me. With access to streaming services, I know I need to limit my viewing, or I would stay up all night watching episode after episode of a series to get to the answer. I value my sleep too much, and additionally, I’ve been doing a degree part-time in nutrition over the past eight years, so I have limited myself to movie-length shows, else I know I would stay up all night bingeing on series. That said, I recently had two weeks’ recovery leave for nasal surgery and did indulge in some great documentary series including: ‘The Thing About Pam’ with Renee Zellweger playing the role of Pam Hupp, a true-story about Pam murdering her friend for money; ‘The Staircase’ the documentary about novelist Michael Peterson accused of murdering his wife who was found dead at the bottom of their staircase in 2001; and the documentary on the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. All worth a watch in my opinion.
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