“Are you a coach?” She asked after we had been exploring what she could do in the future.
My answer, “no.” Nor do I claim to be either, but after 50 years in the workplace, I have learned a thing or two, often the hard way. Also, let’s face it, it’s often easier to see and put forward solutions when you are not personally embroiled in the problem. You bring objectivity.
I remember when I turned 60, my friends held a party for me and proceeded to welcome me to the “crones.” Now if you look up the word crone – it’s not very positive – ugly, witch-like… need I go on? But a modern-day take on the word reflects the wisdom that age is supposed to bring.
It is sharing that wisdom that propelled me into writing my latest book – 20/20 Looking Back on a Life Well-Lived and the Lessons Learned. I’d been asked to speak at our local chamber, to share what I had learned over the years. So I started to make a list, and as I reflected more on my career, I came up with quite the list and realized that I had a book in the making.
When I look back on my somewhat eclectic career, each move seemed to be a logical next step. It flowed, and as someone who is often looking for the next project, I was fortunate enough to be able to build in some flexibility and creativity in whatever I decided to do. The fact that I was able to choose, was also a key element. I appreciate not everyone has that option.
I didn’t actually start my own business until I was 50 and have now spent the last 18 years supporting women in business through Company of Women and launched a publishing company back in 2016.
Probably the toughest lessons I had to learn – and over and over again – were around relationships – business partners not working out, people who disappointed you or didn’t share your values and my tendency to avoid conflict at all costs– which is NOT the way to handle challenging relationships.
I guess we are all a work in progress, always learning, always growing. And my goal with my new book is to help women do that without falling into the same potholes that pulled me in.
When you look back on your career/business what lessons have you learned? Please share, as that is how we all learn.
My online book launch is October 21 and the book is available on www.fullcirclepublishing.ca
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.