365 Days of Gratitude: A Reflection of My First 12 months at Cisco



Jessica Norwood sits on porch steps holding a sign that reads, "First Day at Cisco Oct 19, 2021." She is wearing a pastel pink dress and is surrounded by pumpkins.In October 2021, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, I made a decision to take a danger, and alter jobs. I’ve taken many dangers in my profession journey over time, however this one felt particularly daunting, given the uncertainty we have now all confronted in the previous couple of years.

I joined the Digital Gross sales Effectiveness staff inside International Digital Gross sales and Engineering (GVSE) because the International Gross sales Content material Strategist, a brand-new position by no means been held earlier than. I knew going into this position that there can be plenty of uncertainty, visibility, and alternative—all points I used to be enthusiastic about. However as I mirror on the final twelve months at Cisco, the phrase grateful involves thoughts first.

I’m grateful for the wonderful staff I work on, the initiatives we’re part of, and the challenges we clear up.

I discovered rapidly to lean on my staff for help. With their assist, I efficiently constructed and carried out our international gross sales content material working mannequin that helps all our digital sellers in GVSE (1200+ folks), spanning 20+ languages. This helps our sellers automate their communications and save time with content material they’re enthusiastic about utilizing. As a former salesperson, I understand how vital that is, and I’m extremely pleased with the work my staff does to help our sellers.

Grateful that Cisco values steady enchancment {and professional} improvement.

With the help of my supervisor, I took the chance to earn my Lean Six Sigma Inexperienced Belt, which has helped me make vital data-driven choices each single day in my position. I additionally took the chance to finish The Management Consortium chief program, based and led by Harvard Enterprise Faculty Professors. It’s helped me improve my skillsets and grow to be a extra self-aware chief—and Cisco encourages management at each degree.

With the encouragement of my supervisor, I used to be a panelist for Cisco’s Illuminate Your Management, an all-day, company-wide studying occasion. It was an extremely thrilling and humbling expertise as it’s broadcast worldwide to 77K+ staff. The subject was about embracing vulnerability and studying from errors. The chance to have a significant and highly effective dialogue with my fellow panelists was really fulfilling. After the phase aired, I acquired a lot optimistic suggestions that I knew I did an excellent job serving my fellow Cisconians in thought management.

Jessica Norwood wears a face mask and holds up a bag of unhusked corn. She is in a warehouse and there is a large box of unhusked corn in front of her.Grateful to work for a corporation that isn’t performative in its efforts to be sure that each worker can present up as their true self. 

Cisco is really a pioneer in making folks really feel seen and heard and embodying the notion of bringing your full self to work. The corporate helps ladies, underrepresented teams, and lots of extra with precise applications and funding to again what it says! There may be additionally an Inclusive Neighborhood (what we name Worker Useful resource Organizations) for everybody right here. I’m a part of a number of of them!

Grateful to work for a corporation that encourages volunteer work and offers you day without work to provide again. 

The alternatives to provide again to your group and past are unparalleled. Whats up, 40 hours of Time2Give! That’s 40 hours outdoors our common paid day without work only for volunteering, prolonged to 80 hours via 2023.

I’m grateful for a profession that I actually love!

Daily at Cisco, you’ve got the chance to study, develop and lead. The advantages are unbelievable, the sense of group is unmatched, and the individuals are wonderful. Cisco isn’t performative in what they do, and so they totally acknowledge that pleased staff care for enterprise, interval. By offering the perfect instruments, sources, alternatives, and work-life stability, I can confidently say (as a working mother and girl of coloration) that I really feel Cisco is supporting and empowering me to do my finest work. I’m grateful for the chance to affix this unbelievable firm and am pleased with myself for taking the leap; I haven’t seemed again since! I’m proud to say I work for Cisco and stay up for many extra years of progress, studying, and management.

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