When I decided it was time to move on from my last job working at the New Zealand Army Leadership Centre (NZALC), I had hit the glass ceiling, was turned down from the Learning and Development position within the centre, and I had also realised I needed a new challenge. So my partner I decided it was time to start my own business using what I had learnt from my time at the NZALC.
Now the super cool thing about starting your own business is that you have a blank slate, you can do whatever you want, however you want, you don’t need to conform….
I need to thank the NZALC for my experience in delivering world class leadership courses and the University of Canterbury Post Grad Certificate Strategic Leadership Programme (Leadership papers with in their MBA programme) for my grounding and understanding of contemporary leadership theory.
I wanted to build a resilient business model (multiple income streams within different industry’s), a sustainable business with no burn out (I wanted to finish work at 3pm (don’t look at emails until the morning) and don’t work weekends). Also one of my business goals was not to conform, to be a point of difference, to have a niche market and niche approach.
So my partner and I went through a process and came up with this –
This is my business model, this is the measuring stick, this is my bench mark. We are tracking along nicely, my goals are being ticked off one by one. This doesn’t mean I rest on my laurels. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have moments of doubt. However, it does help to realise that my big hairy audacious dreams we had in 2016 are being achieved.
My measure of success is different to yours, that’s good, that’s my choice, that’s your choice. But please have a choice, and don’t succumb to what is ‘expected’.
p.s. I have had unsolicited feedback saying my approach on social media is unique, different and a breath of fresh air, this makes me smile because that in itself was a goal….