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7 Questions on Leadership with Annalie Oso

Name: Annalie Oso

Title: International Marketing Partner, Board of Trustees/Auditor, & Business Manager

Organisation: SMDC, OFW Family Multi-purpose Cooperative, & BioBil

I am Annalie Oso, 35 years old and currently living in Doha Qatar. I was born and raised from a poor family in Southern part of the Philippines. My mother was a vegetable street vendor and my father was a public transport driver. With the situation we have, my parents cannot send me to University. Thanks to the Philippines government I was granted a full scholarships so I finished my degree Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major Banking and Finance year 2008 at Bukidnon State University. Today, I am an International Marketing Partner of SMDC, a Business Manager of one of the company in Qatar and at the same time a Board of Trustees & an Auditor of OFW Family Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

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I hope Annalie's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

The most challenging for me as a leader is if I have an older team members than me in my team. They usually slap you with their experiences. Even how brilliant you are there is one or two will be jealous and will not like you for some reason.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I am a breadwinner in my family. I create path for all the members of my family, by that reason I become a leader. In my work place I always make sure I make an impact whether small or big.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I wake up 6:00AM everyday without using alarm.

1. Make my bed immediately.

2. Prepare my clothes for that day.

3. Cook breakfast.

4. Shower

5. Take coffee

6. Head to work

7. Between 8:00AM to 9:00AM I should be at the office

8. Directly review my to do list from yesterday

9. Read emails

10. Make a To-do/priority list for that day

11. Roll my sleeves until 7:00PM

12. Between 8:00PM to 9:00PM I should be home

13. from 9:00PM to 12:00 midnight is a time for my family

14. At 12:00 midnight I go to bed, so I just sleep for about 6 hours a day

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

I remember when I was still working in the Philippines, in my early career I am working in the big corporation. I take every opportunity to learn from my Superior, from my boss, from my Manager. I take a mentor and try to shadow them. Each time my Manager told me, Ann kindly do this even if I am not familiar or never do such task she was assigning to me I would say Yes sure. I studied it and ask questions as much as I can to finish the task. Even I take work overtime. Always my sister would criticize me for being a YES person. I carefully study how to do and how to finished the task. After 6 months I ended up holding 3 different job roles in the company at the same time. That time I really showcase my time management and how to work smart, making it an inspiration of the HR team for the next employee they will hire. I raised the bar. I learned that it is our interest and our will that will bring us success in our career.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

I did not remember well which book

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Be ready your heart, body and mind. It is not easy to create path for your pack, you have to have a clear vision to see what's ahead. To be a leader is you will be the first person to show up and you will be the last person to leave.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

It is when my staff told me that you're the nicest person I ever know, at first I'm afraid of you because you are so strict. You respect everyone even a cleaner like me. You are the most down to earth person I know.

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