“Your lifetime is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011
Approaching mid-life, I was thrown two curveballs…
I’ve always been a coach and jock at heart. In high school I was a very good football player, but baseball eluded me. I just couldn’t hit. My first curveball came in 2008, when the then president of our company called me in and informed me that I would not continue on the path to COO. He had chosen one of my associates. But not all was lost. I would now be Director of Special Projects; which is essentially a holding spot for executives who may need a new direction. In short, I was crushed.
The next curve came a year later, when I lost my re-election campaign to our City Counsel… by 15 votes! I had performed very well for my constituents, but I just didn’t finish that race well. I knew then, that something had to change. I needed to take action before I struck out.
A wonderful thing came with these two events; Time. I now had the time to focus on me. I needed to focus on the ‘Why’ of my business life. Why did I feel that running operations for our company was where I needed to be? Was this a mistake by the company or a blessing to me so I could re-define myself based on my passion, desires and strengths?
After a few difficult months, I began the change. I added yoga to my exercise routine. Began losing weight and met two people through my initial yoga practice who helped me greatly. Laurie Gerber and Elena Brower introduced me to life coaching and I began working on managing every aspect of my life, not just my business. I determined to control my life outcomes in all aspects.
I began to dig deep. Within a short period of time, I realized that I really didn’t want the operations position. It just wasn’t me. I knew that my strengths lay in my coaching, consulting and leadership abilities. I was really good at seeing the next steps that were necessary in a strategic journey and had always had a good deal of success leading teams of people. Once I realized this, I began to see the light and today, I couldn’t be happier.
I’ve spent 20 years of my business career in technology. I’ve been blessed to work with very large corporations as well as start-ups. I have also been fortunate to work with a company that has dramatically altered how it’s industry operates. I’ve seen these changes through the eyes of a Consultant and Product Manager. I’ve worked in and witnessed innovative corporate cultures as well as those that seem to drain the creative base.
All of my experiences have greatly enriched my life and led me to this point. Change later in life, does not spell the end or project it either. Change is going to come, we just have to determine how we will deal with it. Will we take it on and create a new life or take the third strike and just say ‘Oh well, at least I was in the game’?
It is my goal to inspire men, women and teams to greatness. I hope to ‘Connect People and Ideas; Enabling Innovative Evolution’ in each person’s life. I want to help you set or possibly reset you or your company’s course. Work with you to build new products. Launch initiatives and help you grow to manage the challenges we will all certainly face in this ever changing and exciting climate. I hope you will join me. Please follow me here or on Twitter. You may check out my LinkedIn profile or reach out to me via email with any questions you might have.
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