Debbie – ownership

Once upon a time I was a barista for Seattle Coffee shop, this was around the time that I was a student at Wits Tech.

Getting this job exposed me to the most amazing people in the world and also amazingly set me up for major success

Today I want to talk about my experience as in-house barista at Alexander Forbes . My dear brother Vulindlela held my hand and said shayna I want you to work with me

He created an opportunity for me to get this job and we worked at Alexander Forbes serving coffee, muffins and bagels 🥯

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My brother introduced me to everyone he knew and made sure I understand the C-suite well, mainly because as part of my responsibility I was to deliver coffee every day to the CEO at 7:15 am

There was this executive lady by the name of Debbie. I don’t know what were her responsibilities but shayna told me that she was the decision maker and being in Debbies good books was very important for the employees of Alexander Forbes

Shayna told me to make sure I greet Debbie whenever I see her and present myself to her. Even though I never got to present myself eventually, I observed and interacted with Debbie almost on a daily basis

She would walk through that door daily with her chest out and head held up high. She laughed out loud and made everyone felt seen. During the day she would walk again past the cubicles and observed financial advisers interacting with clients. She would fix the banners standing the switchboard area, she would touch the pot plants to check if everything was in order and remove anything not ideal.

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Debbie would interact with the switchboard ladies and coach them here and there. Each time she would approach client sitting by the reception area to find out if they had been assisted.

She made it a point to stand by the large reception and look up the multiples of floors going up high …. I would assume she was checking if all was in order

She wore heels and stalkings on a daily basis. No matter how high the sound of my blender in the coffee shop …. I always could hear the sound of Debbies heels clicking the tiles of the passage as she walked towards the lift up to her office

Shayna always said me “ Shayna I want you to be like Debbie one day”

He propelled me to dream bigger and pointed me to the people that would shape the idea of who I can become

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As I put on this dress today , I remembered that I have seen this look before and this is how Debbie looked liked most of her days

So today I want to give gratitude to Shayna for his belief in me and for giving me opportunity to work as a barista at Alexander Forbes . I thank God for Vulindlela Lloyd Ginindza for encouraging me that I have potential to manage people and lead organisations to success

This environment grew my creativity and help me shape the person that I could become

And a big thank you to Debbie , who was a humble Executive and showed me that true leadership includes….

OWNERSHIP!!!!

She was an Executive who cared about the organization and not just her profile. She knew she had power , influence and authority and she used that daily for the greater good of the organization

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Own your space , take responsibility, be accountable , no matter the size and zeros on your payslip , people come first and ownership of your business environment and people’s well being is critical.

It is a fact that you become who you surround yourself with and it is important to have people who whisper you into greatness that you could become 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 it is equally important to keep in mind the images of people who inspire you and those that you can learn from …..

You do become what you have seen ….. literally five years later , 10th floor Sandton Office Towers , I heard a colleague comment that they can hear the sound of my heel from afar and I knew this …. I have seen that before … Debbie in my mind and I am grateful!!!!

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