It's been a while since our last interview... but I'm excited to present our first How I Work interview in JiveWorks! Brennan Kirby hails from Canada, working for TemboSocial - which happens to be one of our treasured partners! When he isn't traveling the world, he is traveling around the US. As an outdoor person myself, we ended up chatting for an hour on Skype exchanging travel stories and how we ended up where we are in our career. It was really great getting to know Brennan Kirby, and I hope you enjoy getting to know him too!
Where do you work?
I work at TemboSocial, a Toronto-based enterprise software company offering Jive Add-Ons that enable advanced survey/form/poll, employee recognition and ideation capabilities in internal and external communities.
How would you describe your current job?
I’m responsible for Business Development at [ARCHIVE] TemboSocial and I spend my days meeting with prospects and clients to understand their community use cases/objectives and present TemboSocial's Add-Ons that leverage Jive for integrated, purposeful programs that drive participation, engagement and adoption.
What about your community/communities are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the incredible programs and engaging campaigns our clients deploy with our Add-Ons. For example, one of our large enterprise clients was able to unify all of their employee recognition programs - peer-to-peer, manager-to-employee, nominations, and awards - inside of their Jive social intranet using TemboSocial Recognition. The seamless integration with Jive leverages the platform to automatically share recognition stories via Activity Streams, and by surfacing employee stories of success and achievement, it's helping the organization promote the repeatable behaviors tied to business success. This visibility encourages likes/replies/comments from the community and allows employees to build their personal legacy.
How do you balance work and life?
I definitely try to keep a healthy work/life balance in place. While hard work is important, I'm a firm believer in the need for undistracted personal time dedicated to nurturing rich relationships with family and friends.
When I'm not working, you'll find me at the movies (big film buff here!), hanging out with friends, or hiking Toronto's vast urban ravine network. If you're a movie lover, the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF as it's known) draws thousands of celebrities, Hollywood power players, and hardcore cinephiles to our great city every September. This year I saw 10 films and the standout was La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It won the People's Choice Award at the festival and I can't wait for the world to fall in love with this movie when it gets a wide release in December. If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on a Best Picture win come Oscar time.
My partner and I also love to travel and we usually try and plan one big trip and a few long weekend getaways each year. This summer we visited Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam and Dublin (Here we are at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on Ireland's rugged West coast) and next year we're planning a trip to Portugal's Azores islands.
What's your computer situation... Do you use a Mac or PC (or something else)?
I use a 12’’ MacBook as my daily driver and I absolutely love it. For my needs, it truly is the perfect machine -- more capable than a tablet with a super portable, ultra-thin form factor that is fun and modern.
Tell us what you use for your mobile device?
iPhone 6s 4.7 inch. Sensing a trend yet?
Pick one word that best describes how you work.
Connected. It's the nature of my job of course, but I also genuinely love connecting others with contacts in my professional and personal networks. The other week I was happy to connect a friend who was travelling solo in London with the lovely Dina Vekaria-Patel, who generously invited her to pop by Pearson's office for tea and a visit to their beautiful rooftop terrace. How's that for the Power of Connection?
Besides Jive, what apps/software/tools can't you live without?
The usual business tools like LinkedIn for networking and Hubspot for CRM and we're always jumping on Hangouts for team chat/video calls. I'm also a huge Words With Friends fan (My handle is @brennankirby on there if you're up for a challenge! I'm undefeated against Jeopardy! Champion scottshive - just sayin' ) and of course all the usual social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Do you have a favorite non-computer gadget?
It just arrived the other week so I might be jumping the gun a bit in calling it my favorite but I had a chance to take DJI's new Mavic Pro out for a spin over my old home town this weekend and it did not disappoint. Here's a quick video I put together:
Anyone else in the JW community into aerial photography? Let's connect!
What do you listen to while you work?
Most days I listen to the hum of my coworkers collaborating in our open-concept office space. When I need to tune out and really focus I’ll pop my headphones in and listen to an upbeat playlist on Spotify.
What's your sleep routine like?
Arianna Huffington would be disappointed to hear that I often get by on 6 hours of sleep a night, but it works for me.
Are you more of an introvert, ambivert or extrovert?
I am definitely an introvert but I've learned to push myself out of my comfort zones to suit the crowd and environment I'm a part of. In her hilarious new book The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer has a chapter on introverts that's a fun read for anyone looking to better understand what makes us oft-misunderstood introverts tick.
What's the best advice you've ever received (and from whom)?
When I was little my dad gave me the best advice I’ve ever received; If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Learning this at a young age gave me a healthy sense of skepticism and fostered a lifelong curiosity to better understand the world around me.
Thanks for sharing, Brennan! I look forward to meeting you in person at JiveWorld17!