What does it mean to be part of “The P&G Family”? Nearly 30 years ago I said yes to my job offer at P&G. My motivations were purely ambition related…to start my career at the world’s best marketer to launch my professional self. I had several other offers at the time, but I was drawn to P&G because 1) you could only go there at the beginning of your career; and 2) it was the best. Those rational motivations were true, but they don’t really cover the real value of being part of P&G. I learned very quickly that my values and P&G’s values were aligned. I saw that ‘doing the right thing’ and ‘doing things in a manner that was right’ were at the heart of P&G’s success. Commitment to people was in the veins of P&Ger’s worldwide across nationalities, genders, religions, race. And in this environment, I thrived. My five-year plan ended up being 24 years until one day I was ready to step out into the world beyond P&G’s border. I have no regrets. Yet, I did not fully realize until I left that P&G was more than a job. When I left, I was still connected, because P&G had become part of my family. Not only colleagues with whom I collaborated daily but others who I barely knew or perhaps only really met after P&G. As I attended the Alumni Events this week I was reminded how lucky I was in 1988 to be drawn to P&G and receive this gift of being a part of the P&G family. The people I grew up with in my professional life have coached me, learned from me, inspired me and achieved great things both in and out of P&G. While we might all joke from time to time about being “Proctoids” it is with great pride I claim my seat in the P&G Family Room. I am proud of being part of P&G’s past success and hopeful for P&G’s future as a company that does the right things in the right way to build the win-win. Who are my P&G family? They are people
- with passion
- with vision and a commitment to envision the future
- willing to put in the work to lead forward
- with humility and curiosity to learn and listen and ponder
- with strength and courage to do the right thing even when it is not easy or necessarily what Wall Street demands
- who believe in people and help them deliver their best
- of integrity and who are able to trust in one another
- who are dear to me for they have made my life richer
It is truly a special thing to be part of the P&G family. So, as I reflect on this week with many former colleagues, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the gifts that P&G has given us all.
Reflect on a community that you are a part of. What gifts has it given you? What gratitude do you have? Tell someone in that community what they meant to you. I had that opportunity this week at the Alumni Event and it was such a positive experience.