My moments and life at Softcom

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A place where we go to get work done.

Interestingly, I’m trying to observe my life at work to discover what other non-work related activities can happen at work. I work at Softcom Nigeria; your “typical” tech firm.

A lot of work gets done at Softcom. I focus on Business performance/intelligence management – the science behind the art that makes things work. If I’m honest, it’s a lot of work, but more than work, I’m curious to live in the moment; capturing good times and adventures as I journey through to get work done. While I will love to share details of the work I do, in this write-up, I will be focusing on the life part of work. (too much mention of ‘work’ 👀)

I’m beginning to see work as not just “work” but actually a means of livelihood and so, I’m observing and documenting my work-life experiences as the days go. I am not going to be giving you some business jargon here, no dy/dx = f'(x) + g'(x) etc. I will just be capturing the moments of fun, learning and interactions (exciting times with exciting people) at work

So in no order of priority, join me as I take you through a journey of some back-to-back moments of June/July 2019. I am writing about these two months because a lot happened at the same time. So let’s start

MAN, KNOW THY SELF

The start of the story for me was at the Softcom Leadership Programme. The program was designed to equip us with knowledge and skill for effective leadership. Of course, before you lead others, you first have to know who you are. I can say that I know who I am. But well, every day is an opportunity to learn, and it helps to know a little more about myself. We performed a self-assessment activity, and here was my result (I couldn’t agree more).

Primary Area
Secondary area

TEAM BONDING TRIP TO GHANA

Exciting! At work, we encourage teams to have bonding activities, and this trip made me understand the importance. We didn’t do much sightseeing, but we did a lot of breaking the ice, removing tension, bringing familiarity, fostering connection, understanding emotions, understanding personality and building relationship.

Once in a while, I look back and think about this trip, and it brings a good feeling. I am delighted that we did it!

The photo collage below shows some of the beautiful experiences I was able to capture.

First Chaw
David and I arrived first
The team (CEO’s Office)
Me
David
Awesome guy, baby boy for life, most dressed, never to be caught unfresh!
Helps with improving and communicating our brand identity
Tumi
Tumi Tu-you (it’s up to us to make the world a better place). #IJGB
Helps with our corporate strategy – we have to WIN!
Adeife
The organiser … keeping things moving one calendar at a time.
  Dinner with Yomi
On Yomi’s first night, he took us out for a rooftop dinner. We all played a very simple game
Crash
We stayed at the Kempinshi Hotel
Others
Oh! Yes! Attended a Miss Ghana event 🙂
TBH, I think Ghana’s Suya is better than Nigeria’s 🙁

TRIP TO ONDO

Although this event was work-related, it’s added to this column because it’s a different type of work, not coding but learning.

In a bid to develop products and programs of immense value for our customers, the team went on a trip to Ondo State; a community in Igbobini. The goal was to engage the stakeholders in understanding their needs, culture, lifestyle and economy because knowledge of people + product = value (I would stop the gist here, wait for the movie)

For me, this trip was an eye-opener as I was able to see my country with a different lens. Meeting and interacting with people who had completely different growing up experiences and economic conditions from mine opened my knowledge to a world beyond what I knew.

The pictures below capture the experience.

Igbobini is 3 hours from Akure. On our way back, we had to stop for some pictures. I mean, the sky was clear, the landscape was beautiful, we couldn’t let nature and opportunity pass us by.
I added the picture here because it’s a typical Softcom way,

GREAT PLACE TO WORK 2019

Nice, I like this one too. I was privileged to join the team in receiving an award on behalf of Softcom at the “Great Place to Work” event in Lagos, Nigeria.
Team: Ope (Eyowo, product leader; Omo, People Manager; Teju, People …; Chika, People …; and Me)

FINISHING

The season ended with other cool events:

  1. Tomisin’s baby’s naming ceremony
  2. Owambe: Abiola’s wedding
  3. Celebration of Softcomers leaving Softcom for Masters: For me, this was emotional because, for most of them, I knew their first day (and I worked closely with them at different points). Ore, Deola, Semipe, Ola, Fisayo, (I think I would write about them some other time. There is so much to share that I am personally proud of)

Watch this space for more gists about my Softcom Experience.

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