Q&A With Robin Maher, LiquidPlanner’s New Program Manager
When Robin Maher visited LiquidPlanner for an informal conversation with our CEO Liz Pearce, she didn’t know she’d soon be working here. But—surprise!—that’s exactly what happened. Now, as our new program manager, Robin brings her deep knowledge base to various parts of the business all day long. Read on for more insights on how Robin stays productive and happy at work.
LP: Briefly describe an average work day at LiquidPlanner:
Robin: I finally get to ride my bike to work and I love it! When I get in, I log in to LiquidPlanner and check out the home screen to see what the team is up to. Then I usually dig into my projects. I work across all of the groups in the company which means I’m usually talking to various parts of the business. It’s a great opportunity to work as a close team in a growing company. I get to use the latest releases of LiquidPlanner to manage the projects to completion.
How did you know LiquidPlanner was the perfect fit for you?
I had decided it was time to leave my previous position at a very large company and was interested in going somewhere small and agile. My husband introduced me to Liz Pearce who he met on Twitter. I thought I was just coming in to pick Liz’s brain on being a successful woman in business. Instead, I ended up returning for a full day of interviews and found that they needed help in areas where I could use my skills in spades, and they could provide lots of professional growth going forward.
How do you stay productive and focused during the day?
I have to get my exercise in first thing. If I don’t then I feel sluggish all day. I use a standing desk which helps keep me out of the afternoon slump. I am also a pretty social person so talking with my coworkers not only gets questions answered, but it also re-energizes me.
Do you have a ritual to the start of your work day?
I start with a cup coffee, say hi to people as they come in and check out the home screen in LiquidPlanner to see what the company is talking about.
Your idea of happiness at work is:
- Working with nice and smart people who are empowered to do the right thing for customers.
- Feeling as though my ideas are heard and acknowledged. I know that many of my ideas aren’t going to come to fruition, but working where all of them are acknowledged, and then having the freedom to get things done makes me a happy camper.
What book has most influenced your career?
How To Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. It’s a timeless classic that reinforces how important it is to understand the person you’re communicating with.
Advice for anyone looking for a job right now?
Be yourself during interviews. The first time I met Liz [LP’s CEO], I didn’t prepare like I normally would since our meeting was an informational conversation about her success in the business world. I was the most me I’ve ever been during an interview—and that stayed throughout the entire process, which I think is key to finding the right place for you. Keep in mind that you’re not the only one being interviewed. It’s very important that you’re also interviewing all the people you talk with to make sure that the company culture and people are a good fit for you.
What do you do outside of work?
Hang with my husband and kids. Sports are big part of our family life, so we do lots of soccer, tennis and running.
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