• Cat Graham

Question of the Week – a Cheer Partners Panel

Here at Cheer Partners, we value every employee’s voice and opinion. Our belief in sharing knowledge and helping each other grow has manifested itself in our regular blog series. Every member of the Cheer team has the opportunity to write their own pieces as frequently as possible and share them both internally and across our sites.

For the month of January, we have decided to create our own Cheer Panel with the leadership team. This is an opportunity to ask our Managing Partner and Directors the questions that are inspiring them as we enter a new month, new year and new decade! 2019 was a year of immense growth for our organization; now is the perfect time to reflect on what 2020 can bring!

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Personal and/or professional

Cat: They align. To finish my book and be more reflective.

Lisa: Learning to make time for the things that make me happy. Learning to pause, breathe and move forward.

Carrie: My resolution straddles both the personal and professional, but as a “still new” working mom, I need to find a stronger integration of my professional and personal lives. Not a balance, as that means that one outshines the other for a portion of each day, but an integration.

What are you reading or listening to that keeps you motivated?

Cat: Arianna Huffington, Tim Ferris, Pat Mitchell, Ann Lamott, Derek Sivers.

Lisa: I always go back to Sonia Sotomayor’s book, My Beloved World. My childhood and teen years are very similar to her life story and as a fellow Latina, it’s important to be connected to those who understand the importance of never forgetting where you came from. Her offering of inspiration, her testimony to hard work and pursuing her dreams remind me every day to take those same measures in my every day infinite possibilities.

Carrie: Cheer Partners provides employees with access to LinkedIn Learning, and I love using that to learn things I wasn’t expecting to know I should learn, like right now, I am taking a class titled Leveraging Neuroscience in the Workplace. What a fascinating spin on the employee experience! I’ve also been asked to create a curriculum for our team to enhance their learning, which is a creative exercise for me to increase our own learning and development.

What’s on your 2020 Book List?

Cat: Re-reading all the Jane Austen novels, again.

Lisa: In the Land of Men, by Adrienne Miller and Taína, by Ernesto Quiñonez.

Carrie: Measure What Matters by John Doerr, The Age of Agile by Stephen Denning, and Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Favorite podcast?

Cat: Tough one! So many I love but I have to say Girlboss overall.

Lisa: Creating Espacios – which is dedicated to elevating the voices and stories of trailblazing Latinas.

Carrie: I know this is different, but I don’t listen to podcasts.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Cat: Reducing operational complexities and taking time off, really.

Lisa: My niece’s High School Graduation!

Carrie: I am looking forward to growing our capabilities with rich client experiences. For example, although we have done it organically for years, we just officially launched the Cheer Partners Cultural DNA Assessment to help leaders understand what makes their organization unique, helps their employees go above and beyond in their effort and what derails those efforts.

Take a look at our previous Questions here and to view the other blogs from the whole Cheer Partners team!