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Amy Hoare – London

The Back Story monthly interview features ADAPTOVATE employees from around the world.

Our team is the greatest asset we have, and it’s a privilege to share just a little bit more about who they are.This month we feature Amy Hoare, a Senior Consultant in London.

First up – how long have you worked with us? 

I joined in July 2021

Why did you join us? Were you in the industry previously, or looking for a new career direction?

I was in the Agile world previously in both Telco and Finance industries, with experience as an Agile Coach and Scrum Master. For me, company culture & values are super important, so when I decide what company I want to be part of I really focus on these things. When the opportunity came along to be part of the new London office it seemed really exciting, but what convinced me was the feeling I got throughout the interview process – it was clear how important ADAPTOVATE’s values were and how each of the partners valued good company culture that is focused around people.

How has your previous experience and career helped define where you are now? Would you have done things differently?

My career path is what some would call a little “unconventional”. I was unwell throughout school, so continuing into further education (university) wasn’t an option for me at the time. However, I was always driven, wanting to learn new things, challenge myself, and push myself out of my comfort zone. I started out as a Make-Up artist in a department store, before supervising a team of make-up artists. I was then given an opportunity to join a management trainee scheme in the finance industry. I spent 8 years in finance, across various roles, and that is where I was first introduced to Agile. It wasn’t long before I moved to the Telecommunication industry, and progressed from Scrum Master to Agile Coach. After 3 years in telecommunications, I needed my next challenge, and that’s how I ended up here at ADAPTOVATE.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to be able to sing! I love music but I am the least musical person I know. I have a terrible signing voice but love to sing along to whatever I have on, although I only sing when I am on my own because nobody else needs to hear how bad I am.

What do you most value in your friends and in colleagues – and are they different things?

Authenticity – for both. I love seeing people be their authentic self, being happy and confident with who they are. Society suggests we should all “be” a certain way, so I really value when those around me are authentic and happy with who they really are.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I don’t have one historical figure that I identify with as such, as I believe everyone is unique and we all are and should be different. So, whilst there are people who inspire me to do certain things or be a certain way, there isn’t one individual who I identify with more than others.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Such an interesting question. For me, happiness comes down to two things: expectation and gratitude (for anyone interested there is a great Podcast by Steven Bartlett and Mo Gawdat about happiness). For me, the simple things in life make me happy. Being outside, by the coast, in the countryside – I love exploring and can be pretty spontaneous. I will happily jump in a car and drive to find new places with no real plan in mind. Some of my best “perfect happiness memories” are when I could see the people I care about happy and achieving things they never thought were possible. Seeing people I care about believe in themselves and grow their confidence always puts a smile on my face.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Holidays, travelling the world and seeing new places!

What is your motto?

Live every day as if it’s your last. I actually have this tattooed on me! It’s not about doing crazy wild things every day, it’s about asking yourself, if today was your last day, are you happy with how you lived it? Did you make others smile? Did you tell people that matter to you that you love them? Or were you in a bad mood because you dropped your breakfast, then got caught in traffic and then the coffee shop got your order wrong. For me, this quote is about making conscious choices every day to be happy and grateful for the life you have.

– You’ve time travelled back to your 10- year old self – What advice would you give?

Don’t be ashamed of who you are, your differences, how you look, or how good or bad you are at things. I grew up feeling the need be a certain way, and believing I had to “achieve” certain things to be seen as successful. The most important thing anyone can have is happiness, and we as individuals have to take control of our own happiness. So, I would tell 10-year old me to take time to do things that make you happy, enjoy life, try new things, never fear anything and push yourself harder because you will surprise yourself with what you can achieve when you stop fearing failure.