Well...my first day went fabulous! I got my ID badge, a parking pass and even my own cubicle! Colleen and Daniel got great views from their new desks, but mine is closest to the team, so I consider it a fair trade...I'll be working too much to enjoy the view anyways ;-)
I am already being assigned to projects, and had two meetings with different projects this afternoon. I truly feel that I am in the right place, doing the right things here!
Scott is already beginning to tease me for being so inquisitive... I can't help it! I like knowing all the details of what is expected of me, and what I can expect of others! He jokes that I am going to be the one keeping him in line this summer; really, it is not my fault he is so ADD...
After my first day, I sat down to begin looking over my notes from the day. Words seem to be scrawled all over the pages in front of me; no order, no particular direction, no single page color or size even seem to be consistent. Organized chaos. I pride myself on it.
I have tried to keep a running list of people I meet and people Scott mentions with particular importance—so basically everyone.
The sweet woman at the front entrance is Carolyn. I told her I was here for Scott Williamson and received the response: “You are going to be having a fun summer.” Scott later shared that she greeted him with the same words 20 years earlier. Talk about a company of sustainability!
P.S. green is going to stand for Scott's words of wisdom.
Another woman I meet is quite stylish and was wearing a pink leather jacket! She further intrigued me after I saw her office; it is covered in African photos and memorabilia. I hope to have some time this summer to just talk with her. I feel we would get along well and have much in common.
So what is it that makes all of the people around me great workers? Scott had that answer: Being smart + having good energy + working hard.
Ok, back to business. Friday we may get to sit in on a pitch Jackson Spalding is giving for a new can design. I hope we are able to follow through in observing because it could very well be similar to what I need to know for future agency positions and especially campaigns next year (hint, hint).
Side note (literally on the side of my page): unbranded PSAs work best.
More random thoughts:
I am meeting with my new stylish, Africa-visiting friend tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. to discuss MinuteMaid's new product. So thrilled to work with her and drive right into a couple great initiatives!
We were also introduced to the “Glass-O” team in New York. After an hour of wonder what the “Glass-O” building must look like in order to receive such a unique name, I was kindly informed that that was the proper pronunciation of Coca-Cola’s brand Glacéau. Embarrassing.
One woman has the amazing job of working with VitaminWater and Smart Water. While VitaminWater has its problems with law suits due to its ‘enhancing’ elements, Jennifer Aniston makes up for it with her sexy Smart Water campaign pictures that received sweet coverage all over top entertainment sites and shows.
One of the more important lessons learned today is one I can take to any job in life: OCM. Ownership Cost Management. You think it’s a term any student should learn in a basic business or administration class, right?! I don't remember it at least... hope I didn't just miss that lesson ;-)
A few pics to help illustrate my first day:
My cubicle for the summer: