“Beginnings are born out of endings”
I haven’t gone anywhere. Since my last newsletter I got a phone call that changed my life. For those of you that don’t know my story, I’ve been working full time at a lovely digital product studio called ustwo, helping them to establish frameworks around people and culture. As my passion is leadership development, I have been building my business on the side, doing workshops in the evening, coaching in the morning and speaking on the weekends.
I started this business in January 2013 and the phone call I got in August made all the late nights and early mornings worth it. That phone call was ‘the call’ from a potential client saying 'yes’ to working with me. From that moment onwards, everything in my life has been in transition;
- From Employee to a sole business director
- Having a Manager to reporting to a Client
- Being a Manager to being an expert
- Full time in London to part time in Amsterdam (where they are based)
- Set working hours to managing my own
- Supporting an Agency to supporting a Product company
- Having a Salary to charging Fees
And the list goes on.
It felt like, as Will Smith famously said in his portrayal of the Fresh Prince in 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air’;
'my life got flipped, turned upside down’
I knew it was going to be a transition but had not appreciated the impact that transition would have on me. Despite it being a huge and demanding adjustment, my energy has never been higher, I feel buzzed, and don’t actually find the weekly commute to Amsterdam as draining as expected (probably due to the fact the team I am working with is so ace ♠️).
I am scheduling in time over the holidays to stop and ensure I really let all this change really soak in so that I feel in control (as much as I can be). Transitions can take over without you knowing it, this can be anything from a new role, a new partner, new city, new team, even a new phone - every time we change up a routine our bodies and minds are learning how to adapt and this takes energy. Take the time to let it sink in and don’t get caught off guard.
Now that I am 100% my own business, and I fully intend on building First Time Leader into a business (vs. an solo consultant), I am planning on getting these newsletters to you on a regular basis. I am learning so much as I go and looking forward to sharing insights and tools with you.
Gotta practice what you preach, eh?
Although a big part of my life has come to an end, it feels like I have just started a new chapter, and a big chapter at that. I’m a mix of nerves, excitement, fear and ambition for what is to come.
For today’s newsletter this is all I will share as part of the set up for those to come. I’ve added in some links and resources that I have found really interesting in the context of leadership.