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Happy workday to me or the story of ”the phantom ring of the good”

Published: 2019-12-16 11:10

I am celebrating 10 years with Essity in December. And 20 years in Communications. What better than to reflect on years passed?

In my first job – making PowerPoints for the consultants at Bain & Company – the first advice I got from the head of the graphics department was: “whatever the consultants want done – just say ‘yes’, even if you have no clue how to, just say ‘yes’ and we’ll figure it out together”. A guiding star for me and well linked to our beliefs and behaviors in Essity: Courage, Commitment, Collaboration and Care.

Courage

In Essity, when we talk about courage it is about breaking barriers to high set ambitions and finding new and sometimes unproven ways of realizing those ambitions. Early in my career and at an early age I was faced with the opportunity to take on the head of communications role in the company I was in. Words from my previous colleague in Bain ringing in my head was “just take the job – you’ll figure it out”. Which I did. In that same meeting, the hiring manager also said, “by the way, I hope you’re not pregnant”. Words disturbingly common at the time and that some of us have (unfortunately) had to face in our strive up- and onwards. They sometimes say “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and throughout my career I am happy to have been part of this breakthrough towards equality. Although more is yet to be done.

Commitment

Commitment in Essity is about focusing on the goal and task at hand (whatever it is) and doing your best to deliver on that. Regardless if it is in work life or private life. Striking the right balance is key and the greatest tool is prioritization – something that comes from experience. I once had a CFO friend, who for 10 years managed to convince his son that his birthday was on a Saturday or a Sunday. Just so my friend wouldn’t miss any precious work hours or meetings during weekdays. After many years he admitted “I can’t trick my son into it any longer”. As a “good girl” I am reflecting on how we from time to time (mis)prioritize in life.

Collaboration

Collaboration in Essity is all about seeking out diversity of perspectives and ideas, trusting and challenging each other constructively. I have a long term and dear colleague in Essity and for a long time I felt that whenever we were in a discussion, we argued a lot. At first, I couldn’t figure out if I was to take this as conflict. It took a while before we had an open discussion about it and she said, “I really appreciate our discussions because they help me form my own opinion”. I realized that our arguments were fruitful conversations, leading to greater outcomes. And sometimes you really must drill down, face resistance, trial and error – before you realize this.

Care

In Essity, Care is about showing respect and proactively supporting each other. Integrity is key, as is sustainability. My own relationship with “care” started at an early age. I saved earthworms on my way to school to the extent that I was late for class. Together with my dad, we painted the mark of “the Phantom ring of the good” on the shell of snails, nurtured them to see them come back year after year. My dad is also the one who taught me that “for every animal you save, you get a green dot in heaven”. (And that’s quite a lot to come from someone who is not a believer.) Realizing the beauty of differences is essential. Diversity and inclusion are two sides of the same coin. One not existing without the other. 

One thing I learned these past years is that sharing is caring and a very easy form of caring is sharing a smile with people you meet. 😊

Happy workday!

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Gabriella Ekelund
06 mars 2020

Thank you Ellinor!!

Ellinor
15 januari 2020

Great post!

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