Hello SOTGC Community,
It’s with great pleasure that I introduce you to Ms. Mico Yuk, Co-Founder of EverythingXcelsius.com, and Director of Sales and Business Development at Benchmarkers Business Intelligence. I was introduced to Mico (we have yet to meet but have exchanged many an email) through my best friend Ryan, whom she works together with on several projects.
A computer engineer by degree, she has been designing and implementing enterprise dashboards for major corporate clients since 2006 and is considered to be one of the top Xcelsius dashboard developers in the world. She has implemented executive dashboards for SAP BusinessObjects Global Services clients such as Allstate, Pfizer, Aviva Canada, McKesson, Ryder Logistics, Digicel Jamaica, Qatar Gas, St. Jude Medical, Walgreens, Chiquita, LG, the US Airforce, Medtronics, SAP Global Marketing, Amtrak, Fresh Direct, Bank of America, and Schering Plough, to name a few. Her work has not only been featured on the SAP BusinessObjects main Xcelsius website, but the Xcelsius Gurus’ LinkedIn group and Twitter accounts were also used and featured on the SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius home page due to their growing popularity.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
My mentor once told that true leaders have minds that are ‘still like water’, meaning they are not moved by anything. I aspire daily to be like this!
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
My ability to infuse enthusiasm and inspiration into those around me. I truly love helping others!!
Which quality or attitude internal to women have you observed that sets them back in the workplace?
A focus on the ‘minority factor’ and ‘lack of inclusion’ box. My parents did me a BIG favor by simply forgetting to tell me there was a box!
Which external situation/circumstance do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Child bearing years is where men reach ahead of us. Even the most ambitious female will fall behind her male colleague as she sets out to start and have a family.
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
I think controlling our EQs (emotional quotient) and use our strengths instead of trying to be like our male counterparts to be ‘accepted’ and hence ‘noticed’. My mentor taught me about this during consulting 101 and it’s the BEST thing HE ever did.
Which book is on your nightstand?
Honestly, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Guerilla Marketing and (very personal here) ‘Getting to I Do’. Self improvement is a lifetime commitment for me!
What woman do you feel is a role model in today’s working industry (could be any industry)?
I can think of two. Lisa Leslie (who I personally know, amazing business woman, mom, and super athlete), Sheryl Sandberg who just joined Facebook’s board has done wonders for a company that is ran by some of the smartest male minds in the world.
The quality you admire most in a successful man?
Without a question I admire alpha males. I admire a successful man who is confident, in control, knows his worth and is powerful enough to be humble about it.
The quality you admire most in a successful woman?
The ability to still be a lady and not conform to looking or acting like a man to reach their level of success.
A virtue you believe is underrated?
Gratitude (we do not take enough time to thank people or show them that we appreciate them and its very sad).
What is your idea of happiness?
Waking up everyday in a home that I love, next to a man love that I’m madly in love with, to kids and a dog that I can’t live without, then heading to do work that helps other in some way or another with people that I absolutely admire and trust, all while making an insane amount of money for doing so. I may be too optimistic but I truly believe a girl can have it all!
What do you value most in friends?
Honest and Loyalty. I have very few friends in my close circle, and most of them have known me for 5+ years. I keep my circles small and ensure they reflect the qualities I wish to see in myself.
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Living a life only to look back and realize you benefited no one but yourself and your now lonely with dead Presidents (lots of money) that can’t hug or care for you.
What do you believe is a working woman’s greatest fear?
Working past her child bearing years and missing the family making bus altogether OR if they caught the bus, not being able to bounce back and build the career they imagined before having kids.
In your career, what has been your greatest regret? Do you feel this is a male oriented regret or one shared by men and women alike?
I choose to learn and not regret.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Excited, Love, Thank you, Sorry, Sir, Are you Sh%tt&ng me?, I heart you, Really #SAP?”
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
Women are becoming the bread winners in many households, and looking more toward education and than marriage in their early 20’s. I think men expect women, especially career oriented ones to bring more than estrogen and ready to nest eggs to the table in my generation.
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace
Be yourself and most importantly continue to improve yourself outside of college. College teaches you how to learn but does not touch on the real elements you need to survive in the real world, or to succeed in the workplace. The best investment you’ll ever make is in yourself. Plan to get yourself to a point where you would bet your last dollar on you, and then you will have no problem with others seeing your value (that is what my mentor told me when I graduated).
Mico’s most recent accomplishments include, being named on the Top 50 Analytics Bloggers list by SAP, nominated to the ASUG Influence Council, hosting the Xcelsius Gurus Reception at the 2010 & 2011 ASUG/SAP BusinessObjects User Conference, in Orlando, FL, featured panelist at the Miami Chamber of Commerce Technology Seminar, winning the 1st Reportapalooza, Dashboards by Request Challenge, being featured on a BOC Community PROFILE, being nominated as a 2010 SAP Mentor, conducting the 2008 #1 webinar for the SAP BusinessObjects network alongside fellow Xcelsius Guru, Ryan Goodman, presenting at the GBN 2009 conference in Dallas to a full crowd, and hosting one of GBN 2009’s most successful SAP sponsored social event for the Xcelsius community. To find out more about Mico, please visit http://micoyuk.com.