I see a lot of similarity between being successful with music and being successful at work.
I’ve always had a passion for music—singing, jamming with bands, and, most recently, songwriting.
The same skills of teamwork, time management and discipline that apply to songwriting and working with a band also apply at work, especially when you are overseeing a team.
At my employer, Accenture, we formed a band as part of a special-interest group initiative. I started this group, approaching my boss with the idea, and then we recruited other people at our office who were interested.
We have found that a lot of our employees have many outside talents, and, for many, that includes music.
Seeing people connect through music and sharing this experience with my work colleagues is really rewarding for me.
Helping other women at work
Connecting with co-workers—whether it’s through music or another common interest—is critical to being productive and enjoying work.
In Singapore today, I find that it’s less challenging for women in the workplace compared to the past. A lot of successful women have already paved the way for us in the workplace.
Having said that, many years ago, at a previous employer, I had to deal with inappropriate behavior directed toward me as a woman. Overcoming that problem made me stronger and gave me self-confidence. I have shared this experience and try to help other women who have had similar experiences.