Change Maker Diaries Angela Tennison
What is the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?
I opened my eyes and gave thanks, and then tried to resist pressing the snooze button. Usually I give thanks for another day and then meditate with Deepak and Oprah.
What’s one thing you never leave home without?
There are actually a few things that are equally important. One, earrings, two lipgloss and three, something to cover my arms in the event there’s a change in temperature. I do my best to anticipate being cold and protection from that feeling. It makes it hard for me to focus. This is a real thing.
What is one challenge of your day?
The existential challenge is usually getting into bed. I have my best ideas at night, so I think of a million things that I should be doing, or could have done or one last thing before I close my eyes. I always think I could be more prepared for the next day. At work, I am challenged with the fact that I wear many hats so I am constantly juggling finance projects, HR projects, operations projects, legal projects as well as coaching. Working on various projects requires me to balance looking at things holistically but also getting into the weeds at times. It definitely keeps things interesting!
What is one success of your day?
I want to say getting out of bed, but the better answer is getting the Garrett’s popcorn to the office without eating it! I mostly work remotely so the weeks I come to the office from Charlotte, NC always feels like a success. I usually stop through Chicago so I’ll grab some popcorn for the office and the smiles that it creates makes me feel like I’ve won the week, on Monday!
What projects have you worked on that you’re most proud of and why?
I would pick updating the new employee and intern orientation. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work to really be thoughtful about the process and the experience of new folks coming in. It was also a challenge because I wanted to include everyone on the team but not at the same time, and it had to be orchestrated remotely. Thanks to the awesome team effort it was a success. The new folks enjoyed it so all the hard work was worth it.
What is your favorite part of the day?
I like the impromptu unofficial union breaks that we have. I feel like when people just kind of organically come together talking about a random topic, that’s when the real team bonding happens. I love those!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Coaching definitely. I love stories, but I also love hearing people’s successes, challenges and figuring out ways that I can support them and help them to be the best that they can be and achieve the goals that they desire. Basically, I love helping awesome people be even more awesome!