Posted: 23 Mar. 2020 10 min. read

Striving to Thrive: How do you bring your best self to work?

What does it mean to bring our best self to work? With so many competing priorities in the workplace, we sometimes lose sight of the actions that help us be the best we can be, for ourselves, our colleagues and our clients. We asked some of our most valued Technology Consulting practitioners about what lessons they would share with their younger selves and how they continue to be their best selves at work. Here is what we found…

Let’s meet Niamh McPherson!

A member of Deloitte Australia for 12 years and currently leading the Technology Optimisation & Transformation Consulting practice, Niamh has spent majority of her career Consulting to Financial Services organisations for tech-enabled transformation programs. Niamh is married (to Wes) and a mother of two (William, 7 and Evie, 5), and loves spending her spare time with friends and family either travelling, eating out or at the beach.  

A lesson to your younger self…

I wish I had known that I was enough…no need to emulate anyone else. If you are your authentic self, work hard and maintain a positive attitude, you are bound to succeed.

Your call to action…

We are all leaders of this firm. If you are clear on your passion and purpose, raise your hand, speak up and lead – there are always opportunities to make our firm a better place to work.

Let’s meet Gursmirat Bawa… 

Gursimrat is a consultant within Deloitte’s Technology Strategy & Innovation team, consulting to a broad range of clients, solving their biggest challenges using technology. Gursimrat is deeply passionate about emerging technology and innovation and enjoys reading and delving into conversation about technologies that are bringing about change. Outside of Deloitte, he volunteers at Young Sikh Professionals Network, a growing non-profit which helps create conditions for young Sikhs professionals to succeed and amplify their influence.  

A lesson to your younger self… 

Don’t sell yourself short! Sometimes, you may question if you deserve to be in a room full of smart, successful people or wonder if you just got lucky somehow.  If you ever feel this way, think of it as an opportunity to take a leap of faith in yourself. Otherwise, you will never know the limit of how much you could have achieved. You might succeed or fail, but either way you would have found a little more belief in your ability and realised your being there is not just “luck”.

Your call to action… 

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Learn to respect your colleagues’ opinions, push them to achieve their best and support them during the lows and cheer for them during the highs! You can accomplish anything with the right relationships both personally and professionally.

Let’s meet Evaine Ladwa…

Evaine, a Director in Platform Engineering and a mother of three beautiful kids, is passionate about learning, having an adventure / creating experiences, achieving and making a positive impact. Evaine bring clients over 20+ years’ experience in Technology Consulting across the full Technology and Project lifecycle.  Her current focus is in the technical delivery of large & complex transformation programs.

A lesson to your younger self…

You are right to dream big and follow your passions, but don’t forget to place a higher value on your own wellness.

Your call to action…

Establish your top values – write them down, as this becomes your compass for making decisions and drawing boundaries to ensure a healthy work-life balance. It is an on-going journey; do reach out for any support you require.

Let’s meet Tobias Ogle…

A Senior User Experience Designer in Deloitte Digital, Tobias has consulted in the public sector and financial services, crafting digital experiences that drive business value and make an impact on our communities. Tobias loves a hot chocolate and lunch out of the office. Outside of work, he has a deep interest in theatre and often considers the intersection of UX design for digital products and the immersive design of physical experiences.

A lesson to your younger self…

Be yourself. Allow your individuality to flourish and be confident in who you are. Don’t compare yourself to others. It will help you be more productive and enjoy everything you do - and other people will thank you for it!

Your call to action… 

“Be who you needed when you were younger.” I read this quote a few years ago, and it’s resonated with me ever since. I suggest everyone take a moment to think about who you were as a kid, consider who you needed, and then embrace those qualities for today. How much better could the world be…?

Let’s meet Beth Lao!

Elizabeth (Beth) is a Senior Consultant in the Enterprise Technology (Oracle) Practice, with in data migration, data management and analysis. Beth enjoys coffee, long strolls, hiking (when she can find her way there – she confesses she is bad at directions, and is so it’s a good thing she likes taking the long way!) and a good book!

A lesson to your younger self… 

Don’t be afraid to speak up, say your piece or simply be the first to say “Hi”. I’ve always been quite shy and when I look back at all the conversations I didn’t start, I can’t help by think about the meaningful interactions I may have robbed myself of. You never know what the next “stranger” you meet will come to mean to you. So… “Hi!” – just go for it! The world’s a more interesting place when you can open yourself up to more interactions

Your call to action… 

Stay consciously curious and be open! This will nurture a safe work environment so people can bring their best selves.

Let’s meet Anshul Bhadoria!

Anshul is a Practice Lead for Integration, currently working at a client, responsible for delivery and its quality. Anshul enjoys travelling to new cities, experiencing different cultures and trying craft beers, all in a very climate-conscious way – he is passionate about trying to find ways to improve the current climate state.

A lesson to your younger self…

Identify the noise, so you don’t get distracted by it.

Your call to action…

Do the right thing and do it right. Spend time identifying what that may be, and how it can be done best. This gives us clarity and a sense of belongingness, making us passionate, removing doubts that may lead to us not investing the required time and energy, to do it right!

Each of us has a responsibility to make our workplace an enjoyable, accepting and friendly place to be, and this happens when we can be our best selves, without judgement. So, what’s your call to action? How can you make your workplace a wholesome place that encourages collaboration and inclusivity? 

More about the authors

Yomarie Socarras

Yomarie Socarras

Partner, Consulting

Yomarie (Yomi) is a partner in Platform Engineering. She has more than 22 years of consulting experience, mostly in large and complex client (digital and IT) transformations in the telecommunications, education, government & health sectors. Yomi has extensive experience in complex delivery, program, and commercial management, always keeping an eye on quality. She understands the complexities and challenges of driving transformational change with the help of enabling technologies.

Kuppal Palaniappan

Kuppal Palaniappan

Manager, Consulting

Kuppal Palaniappan is a Manager in Deloitte’ Technology Strategy & Transformation Practice. She has over 9+ years of experience in the public, private and social sectors. She is passionate about the intersection of technology and social impact and has been working with social sector organisations to bring the best of technology to support their strategic intent.

Shivani Mohan

Shivani Mohan

Consultant, Consulting

Shivani is a consultant at Deloitte working within Technology Strategy & Innovation. With experience in technology advisory and implementation, Shivani is eager to transform businesses through technology strategies. In addition to her passion for technology, Shivani advocates for female representation in STEM fields. Her advocacy for female empowerment within technology fields has seen her found a national Women in Tech community at Deloitte, Accelerate. Through Accelerate, Shivani aims to provide a strong support network for both females and males, empowering the community to discuss the crunchy and controversial issues that face our workforce.