Desi Jagger's Blog

My Story #22 – What are you waiting for?

Desi Jagger's Blog My Story #22 - What are you waiting for?   Think of the last time you were waiting to hear whether you passed the test, got the promotion or were confirmed healthy by your doctor. How did you feel?   I used to have a terrible relationship with...

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My Story #18 [P&G] When push doesn’t work

Desi Jagger's Blog My Story #18 [P&G] When push doesn’t work I spotted an opportunity for my brand. I did some analysis and showed my recommendation to my manager.   “This is too complex. We don’t need a portfolio strategy.”   Just like that, my work was dismissed. I...

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My P&G Story #17: When I wasn’t promoted

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #17: When I wasn’t promoted A few of my peers, including my close friend, got promoted before me. This caused a confusing bundle of emotions within me. I had performed really well since joining the company and I was ready for the next...

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My P&G Story #14: How I made stewardship sexy

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #14: How I made stewardship sexy “I have an ‘opportunity’ for you,” said Jim, my manager. Translation: I have a horrible project that no one else wants to do and I’m going to speak in a high-pitched, excited voice in order to make you...

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My P&G Story #12: What’s your dream job?

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #12: What’s your dream job? A new manager had joined our team. He knew we felt uninspired. On his first day, he took us out of the office for lunch (yes, it’s possible even when you work in an industrial estate with noisy trucks and...

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My P&G Story #10: How I got my confidence back

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #10: How I got my confidence back People are often surprised to hear that I became more confident after leaving P&G. Didn’t I feel prouder saying “I work for P&G” than “I work for [some unknown] company”? At first I did, but during my...

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My P&G Story #9: When I let my team member go

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #9: When I let my team member go I was recruiting team members to deliver a new hire training. Ana was perfect for the job – enthusiastic and with a quirky perspective. When I asked her to join the team, she was thrilled and committed...

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My P&G Story #7: They took my idea and ran

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #7: They took my idea and ran I have a confession to make. I usually write my stories about how I get unstuck in work and life. But today is different. Today I have an unresolved story and I would like to hear your advice on how to get...

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My P&G Story #6: “Your idea already exists”

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #6: “Your idea already exists” Seeing marketers (myself included) struggle at retailer meetings sparked a brilliant idea in my mind. I would create a commercial training for brand managers to help them understand how retailers operate...

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My P&G Story #5: When I drowned in data

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #5: When I drowned in data In my first month at P&G, I was asked to do a business analysis. I had no idea what that meant but I enthusiastically took it on. I locked myself in the quiet room, I opened all the data files (and in P&G...

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My P&G Story #3: How I got my first client

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #3: How I got my first client I never planned to work as a freelance coach. In September 2015, I left P&G and went on sabbatical with the plan of becoming a full time trainer in another big company when I return. But during this 3-month...

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My P&G Story #2: “We don’t need you”

Desi Jagger's Blog My P&G Story #2: “We don’t need you” “We don’t need you” – the HR manager dismissed me with a long wave of her hand. “Only top management can deliver training.” My heart dropped. Developing people was my passion... and I had so much to offer. For...

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Why I miss having a manager

Desi Jagger's Blog Why I Miss Having a Manager I have had a wide range of managers – from the inspiring rock star “I want to be you some day” to the demoralizing ogre “I’d rather run into the woods than to report to you”. The latter, combined with my strong value for...

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7 Things I miss about my corporate job at P&G

Desi Jagger's Blog 7 Things I miss about my corporate job at P&G I didn’t leave my safe, well-paid corporate job at P&G to become an entrepreneur. I was under no illusion that it would fulfil the overhyped promises of working from a remote beach whilst sipping...

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Why it took me 3 years to quit my job

Desi Jagger's Blog Why it took me 3 years to quit my job It took me 3 years to quit my safe, well-paid job. These were the years of internal dilemmas ripping me apart, spontaneous outbursts of self-pity tears and brining home the unhappiness I had suppressed all day…...

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Why I quit my safe, well-paid job at P&G

Desi Jagger's Blog Why I quit my safe, well-paid job at P&G Why would you ever consider leaving your secure, well-paid job in one of the best companies in the world? How could you detach yourself from a strong corporate culture and a network of intelligent, motivated...

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3 Things I learnt at P&G

Desi Jagger's Blog 3 Things I learnt at P&G Today is my last day at Procter & Gamble – I am leaving to follow my passion for learning and development. My seven years here have been an incredible experience and I would like to capture some of the most important lessons...

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