We're delighted to be shining a spotlight on the lovely Patty McEnaney for the 'How I Work' blog series. It was a pleasure interacting with Patty, and she's one of the biggest cheerleaders I've seen for others within the Jive Community. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!
(P.S. - Wondering why this is not coming from the fabulous Libby Taylor? I'm a 'behind the scenes' Jive Community Manager both across social media and in the Jive Community, and I'm happy to be helping Libby with this blog series.)
Patty: I work at Envestnet Asset Management, headquartered in Chicago, with offices across the U.S. and one in India. Envestnet is one of the largest providers of wealth management solutions to independent financial advisors. The firm has an entrepreneurial spirit and a can-do attitude, which really appeals to me.
Leigh: How would you describe your current job?
Patty: My title is Director of Knowledge Management & Social Strategy. My job focuses on organizing content, team workflows/documents and processes to build solutions for enterprise social collaboration. Our goal is to improve knowledge transfer, communication and collaboration.
Leigh: Are you familiar with the Jive WorkTypes? If so, what was your WorkType?
Patty: I'm an Explorer/Planner, which I learned was the predominant WorkType among Community Managers attending JW2014. I laughed out loud when I read the descriptors for my WorkType. It's so "me." At the next JiveWorld, I want to be in a room with other Explorers/Planners. We would get a LOT done!
Leigh: How do you think your WorkType plays into how you get work done in Jive?
Patty: Seeing connections between unrelated ideas, disparate concepts and different "systems" helps me identify ways to organize information and build relationships. This WorkType is key to building new things and creating new connections, which is what I love about my job.
Leigh: So how do you use Jive at work (internal community, external community, etc.)?
Patty: We launched an internal community in August 2014 for knowledge management, collaboration and communication. In December, we launched a Water Cooler site, EnvestnetConnect, to promote greater connectedness across offices and as a way to preserve our culture as we grow.
Leigh: What's your computer situation... Do you use a Mac or PC (or something else)?
Patty: I use a PC at work. At home, I work with an iPad, and a Dell laptop.
Leigh: Tell us what you use for your mobile device?
Patty: iPhone 5S
Leigh: Pick one word that best describes how you work.
Leigh: Besides Jive, what apps/software/tools can't you live without?
Patty: Twitter, NetFlix, iBooks, TED
Leigh: Do you have a favorite non-computer gadget?
Patty: My iPad holder, which I have connected to the handles of my road bike so I can "ride" on my trainer and watch "Call the Midwife."
Leigh: How do you stay organized?
Patty: My mother taught me that "order in the house is order in the mind." I've applied that to work and home. One of my biggest compliments is from a friend who told me that it looks as if no one lives in my house! It's peaceful and serene.
Leigh: What you surround yourself with is important, what's your work space like?
Patty: I surround myself with Help documents for users, Jive Software announcements, and good articles about transformative change, like this one. Those inspire me to focus on the needs of our users and keeps the collaborative, positive spirit of "Working Out Loud" top of mind. I also have five cube mates (we're in a row of six) who are supporters of HIVE and provide useful feedback and encouragement. Being around them lifts me up.
Leigh: What do you listen to while you work?
Patty: I listen to the thrum of my colleagues on the phone serving our clients. That provides a wonderful backdrop to my thoughts and is inspiring as well.
Leigh: What's your best time-saving trick?
Patty: Using Amazon to send pre-made care packages to my son. He's a freshman at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Leigh: How do you balance work and life?
Patty: I'm very organized, both at work and at home. And, I think putting yourself in new places helps open the mind to new thoughts and ideas. My husband and I went on a bike trip in California wine country in October, 2014 and a change of scenery helps to refresh one's perspective.
Leigh: What's your sleep routine like?
Patty: I love sleep and do it as much as I can.
Leigh: Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
Patty: I am an EXTROVERT, in all caps. JiveWorld14 was a great way for me to connect with so many people, but I imagine it would be difficult to be an introvert at JW!
Leigh: What's the best advice you've ever received (and from whom)?
Patty: "Only connect." This comes from one of my favorite books, Howards End, by E.M. Forster and has resonated with me in the world of work and in my personal life. It's one of the reasons I met the delightful Libby Taylor and how I've met so many wonderful Jive employees and community members. I've learned so much from being a part of this community and I am grateful.
It was such a pleasure learning more about your workstyle, Patty. Thanks so much for sharing your valuable time with us!