Category Archives: People management

Deirdré Fryer

Name: Deirdré Fryer

Designation: Product Management Africa

Company: SYSPRO

What do you do every day?
Lots of meetings…
Industry and product Research to understand our positioning in the market as well as our strengths with a focus on looking for improvements.
Customer and sales engagements to understand and solve business needs with software and technology.
Product messaging and positioning to drive enablement of the product across our employees, partners and customers.
Collaboration with marketing and sales teams to drive collaboration around our product and the value features add

How did you get into the tech space?
By chance, while writing my final exams I took a temp job in reception at a software company, SYSPRO, and never looked back.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
If people are not adopting or buying into what you are proposing, change your approach. You need to show people the value in what is being offered specific to them, not how you see it, solve their pain and they will embrace what you are offering without question.
What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?
Learn, read, learn, read and never say no to an opportunity, even the smallest and most insignificant task will teach you something.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday?
The thought that today I could be part of something that will make someone’s life easier. Making a difference little bit by little bit
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
A wine taster 😉
The best role model to my two daughters, showing them that having a career and good life balance is possible, you can have the best of both worlds.

Twitter: @FryerDee
Linked In: Deirdre Fryer

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Emma Durkin

Emma Durkin, iS Partners

Emma Durkin, iS Partners

Name: Emma Durkin

Designation: People Management Lead

Company: iSPartners (Pty) Ltd

What do you do every day? I truly believe that to be a great people manager you have to have a real, genuine passion for people – you cannot fake it. All of our people managers at iSPartners are a testament to this fact, which is why each and every one excels at what they do.

People management requires an orderly approach. Organised files, strong time management skills, and personal efficiency are key to effectiveness in this role. We are dealing with people’s lives and careers here so the responsibility is huge but so are the rewards.

The People Management Lead is the conscience of the company, as well as the keeper of confidential information. As you serve the needs of top management, you also monitor their actions toward employees to be sure that policies and regulations are followed. You need to be able to push back when they aren’t in order to keep the firm on the straight and narrow. Not an easy responsibility and this is where your negotiation, conflict management and diplomacy comes to the fore.

How did you get into the tech space? I was originally in the airline industry, moved to recruitment in the banking sector and was introduced to iSPartners through an ex-colleague who was recruiting for the company and looking for someone with a psychology degree and line management experience. The rest is history!

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Not so much advice but a saying that I live by: “No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future.”

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Contact It’s About People – the best recruiting company in the country!

What motivates you to get out of bed every day? Making a difference in people’s lives and making their working experience at iSPartners a memorable one (for all the right reasons!)

Who do you want to be when you grow up? An older version of myself – hopefully wiser!

Find me on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/emma-durkin/14/933/a1a

Vanessa Raath

Vanessa Raath, It's About People

Vanessa Raath, It’s About People

Name: Vanessa Raath

Designation: General Manager

Company: It’s About People

What do you do every day? I bling up people’s careers by taking them out of boring jobs and placing them in awesome, challenging roles.

How did you get into the tech space? By default, I was headhunted to join an IT company – the rest came naturally.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “Carpe diem” – there is no time like the present.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Just do it! We need more Female Tech Rock Divas.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? The knowledge that I have the opportunity to change people’s lives for the better.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? A voluntary teacher in third-world countries.

Find me on:
Twitter: @its_about_peopl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsaboutpeople
Website/Blog: https://www.itsaboutpeople.co.za
LinkedIn: http://za.linkedin.com/pub/vanessa-raath/15/247/738/