Welcome to my series #panagedaPride featuring members of our team that despite their highly professional demeanor also have awesome personalities. Today it is my pleasure to introduce Femke to you!
1. What’s your name and what exactly do you do with panagenda?
My name is Femke Goedhart and I’m a Business Consultant for panagenda. Which means that I help organizations tackle a host of questions around topics like user adoption, analytics, usability and product selection. Focusing on the interaction and dependencies that exists between PEOPLE, IT and the underlying continuous CHANGE processes that drive organizations to constantly reinvent themselves. Apart from that I’m also involved in product development for ConnectionsExpert, our Social Business analytics solution.
2. What’s one sure fire way to bring a smile to your face?
Well that isn’t hard…. I think I smile most of the time! I believe strongly that when you face the challenges in your life openly and with a smile, life will eventually smile back at you.I wasn’t always like that to be honest. Deep down I used to be a bit of a pessimist that would go over every contingency and potential negative outcome before I started anything, always immediately envision “the worst”. But at one point in my life I came to the realization that that made me a really unhappy person and I made the conscious choice to focus on the good instead of just the bad. I started looking at the things that happened from the point of view of “Ok, so something happened. What did I learn from that and how can I do better next time?” It made me realize that I am way more competent than I ever thought I was, in getting myself out of a pickle and that most situations are not as bad as they might seem at first. It also helps me tremendously in my work as a Business Consultant where it is important to be focused on the potential but at the same time be vigilant of the risks.
3. How was your driving test?
Ah, well talking about ‘pickles’… First of all: I failed it twice before finally passing and the second time I did it in such a spectacular way that my driving instructor nearly fired me as a student. What happened was that during the final test I was told to take the highway. I did, and drove nicely at the speed limit of 120 km an hour. On exiting the highway though I totally forgot to break and at the end of the exit tried to take a 90° hard right still doing 120 km an hour… in a Opel Corsa.The examiner, realizing just in time what was happening put all his force into using his control break which resulted in the car more or less being catapulted sideways into a dead stop on the median.As the dust settled my: “I guess I just failed?” was answered by a very curt nod by the still frozen in place examiner and a small wince from my instructor who was as white as a sheet on the back seat holding on to his seat belt with a death grip. Luckily enough the car itself was fine as we missed a lantern post and I was told to drive straight back to the exam station. Which I, still full of adrenaline, did a little to enthusiastically and resulted in me speeding through a speeding trap to end an already disastrous exam with a ticket. Somehow the examiner and instructor didn’t really care about that though…, I think they just wanted to get out of that car asap.
I did pass on my third attempt a month and a half later and have been driving safely for 20 years since. And, apart from frequently getting lost, with very few incidents!
4. If you woke up and had 2000 unread mails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
I can honestly say that that has never happened to me! I’m a very connected person that communicates over multiple channels like social media, IM, phone and Enterprise social platforms and most people that want to reach me know this and opt for these channels which are more direct than mail. So I tend to not get more then about 5-15 mails a day and I don’t sign up for newsletters. But if I suddenly would find my mailbox overrun like that my first assumption would be that our spam filter failed and call our mail administrator, to verify before I do anything else. After that I would make myself a big cup of tea, cancel my appointments and just dig in.
5. Hard cover or softcover books? Why?
Neither! Audiobooks! I am a perpetual multitasker. I’m always doing multiple things at the same time and reading paper books just doesn’t allow that. Even when I watch TV I will simultaneously be checking social media, playing a game or do something else with my hands. So just sitting still and focusing only on a book is not my thing. Instead I will listen to audiobooks while I go out walking, do grocery shopping, drive my car, cook or whatever else I do that requires me to use my eyes and not concentrate too much. I think I’ve listened to about 40 books in the last year alone that way. Well over 500 hours of ‘reading’.
6. Who would win the battle: Spiderman versus Batman?
Seriously… I don’t have a clue. I was never much into fantasy and comics and just had to Google how they got to be super hero’s… I think I’m too much down to earth to buy into the story of a genius boy becoming a super hero that can stuck to the ceiling because he was bitten by a radioactive spider?!? But to give it a fair try…. As both are heroes they would never fight against each other unless provoked, as that would go against the whole idea of protecting good against evil. So I’ll keep it at a tie in politely offering each other the first punch