Elaine Degro

Elaine Degro

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Personal User Manual

1. My style

  • I tend to be more of a sprinter.
  • I enjoy working independently and prefer not to be micromanaged.
  • I believe in being competitive with yourself and not with others.
  • I tend to work at random times of the day based on my energy levels. I work best during early morning hours and highly late hours.

2. What I value

  • Honesty
  • Empathy
  • Integrity
  • Directness
  • Autonomy
  • Resilience

3. Communication preferences

  • Sending me a Slack DM is the quickest way to get a response from me.
  • Sending me a Direct Chat Message on the Double App is another way to get a response from me.
  • I work with multiple executives throughout the day; however, I prefer to set dedicated times for each. I will adjust the times based on project deadlines and priorities.

4. My ideal working conditions

  • I get distracted easily, so I work best from my home office, where it is hushed.
  • On rare occasions, I will visit co-working spaces. However, I prefer to do this when I know all of my tasks and projects with high priorities have been completed.
  • I am in the process of switching from a corporate environment where Focus Time was rarely used. I am looking to incorporate that into my working style.

5. Preferred working hours

  • When school is in session, I aim to start my day at 8:30 AM. When school is not in session during the summertime, I aim to start my day between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM.
  • When school is in session, I have limited availability between 1:30 - 2:30. I am available to DM but not for calls.
  • My typical office hours are 9 - 5 Eastern Standard Time, Monday - Friday.
  • I occasionally like to sneak some work time in after 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM.
  • I don’t mind being contacted, but I try to balance time with my son during the evenings and weekends.

6. How I like to receive feedback

  • Please don't sugarcoat things. I'm comfortable having direct conversations and tend to not take things personally.
  • I see all feedback as a learning opportunity, so the more, the better!

7. How I learn best

  • I learn best by doing. I enjoy watching someone do something first so I can follow along or do it immediately after.
  • I learn best by listening, reading aloud, and talking about ideas. I like to say things aloud even if it doesn’t make sense and put the pieces together in my head. I am often visualizing the process in my head and may have difficulty verbalizing it.

8. Things I love

  • I love organizing. Whether it be furniture, books, files, toys, it is one of my favorite things to do.
  • I love learning. Personal and professional development is significant to me. While I enjoy online courses and workshops, my preference would be to learn from mentors.
  • I love exploring. I love it when someone has an idea that they are unsure of and are afraid to explore. I like to say, “let’s go on this journey and see what happens.” It can be fun, scary, and exciting at the same time. Life is too short not to try something.

9. Things I struggle with

  • I am very good at faking being extroverted. I am learning to realize that I am an introvert and prefer to be quiet and observant.
  • I struggle with getting the right words out because I feel like I am in the spotlight. I do better at expressing myself through emails, texts, etc.
  • I believe that it is essential to get out of your comfort zone, so I wouldn’t say I like to let my struggles limit me from achieving success. I look for ways around them instead of sitting with them.

10. Other things to know about me

  • I am highly intuitive.
  • I don’t put myself in situations where I am not energetically or vibrationally aligned with a person or said case.
  • I have zero tolerance for anyone who raises their voice at me or belittles me.
  • When I’m not working, you’ll most likely find me in a metaphysical shop.