If you would have asked me last year where I would see myself in a year’s time, my answer would certainly not have been ‘employed’.
As a business owner of 8.5 years, I considered myself ‘unemployable’ and thought that my attitudes and values would only really fit with working for myself. Fast forward a year and I can now tell you I have just completed my first month working for Pro-Development and find I am employed and enjoying it.
If I am honest, it was more that 1 year ago that I realised something was missing from my working life. It wasn’t the work as I had the pleasure to work with many fantastic clients. Nor was it the business associates, again I have worked with a number of people who have made a big impact in my life. No, it was this feeling of being part of something bigger… it was something I couldn’t put my finger on, but later I worked out that it was being part of a team. I hadn’t realised just how much missing this could impact on my work and more importantly my motivation, I am sure many business owners out their can resonate with this.
So I decided to put explore my options and through some great connections found the opportunity. After an assessment centre and a number of meetings I was offered the position and was so delighted… and scared too.
The emotions I experienced before I started were a real mix, excitement, anticipation and happiness that I would be in a team again and working on some exciting projects. Also worry and concern that I had done the right thing in closing my business. A hotch potch of emotions which felt like they were a contradiction and I am still processing some of them 3 weeks later.
When I now reflect on my decision and it feels like a good one and here’s why:
1. Effective Team Relationships
I mentioned before that when I worked for myself something was missing. It wasn’t always like that, but I noticed that when I was no longer in any kind of partnership, it really hit home. Let’s be honest, it can be a bit lonely working on your own, and for me that was definitely the case. I get energised by mixing with and working with others, in fact I get some of my best ideas by talking out thoughts with someone else. Already I have noticed the benefits of being part of the Pro-Development team and feel like I am building some great relationships.
2. Learning New Things
As a facilitator and coach, I always want to make sure I am working with the right tools and techniques to ensure that my client gets the best outcomes. I think it has been easy to just work with the tools and methodologies I know, rather than trying something new. Since I have been working with Michelle, Sue, Kath and Steph I am already learning new things and this is exciting me, it means I get to try this out with my clients and get a little stretched out of my comfort zone.
3. Further Reach
Whilst I have worked with a number of wonderful clients, there is no doubt that Pro-Development have some amazing clients and have a great reach. I often reflected that I wanted to reach further and help more fabulous people have their light bulb moment. I realise now that I can definitely do that in this team and again this is very motivating for me.
4. More Structure
I am really pleased to have a little more structure in my working life now. Whilst I don’t want the regiment of a strict 9 – 5 that I had in my corporate life, when I worked on my own I found that I wasn’t always as structured as I needed. Don’t get me wrong, one of the reasons that I liked the idea of Pro-Development was their flexible working approach and I now fell like I have a good balance.
I have noticed that my motivations levels are up, and it feels nice to be part of something bigger than myself. The last 4 weeks has gone so quickly, and I am looking forward to what is to come. I also find that I have more space to think about this, rather than worrying about other business-related stuff.
So you might ask – has it been a bit scary getting a new job with the awesome Pro-Development team? Yes, I think it has, but scary isn’t always a bad thing is it? Scary means taking a chance, making a change, being accountable and ultimately trying something new. As Eleanor Roosevelt said ‘Do one thing that scares you every day, those small things that make us uncomfortable help us build courage’. Life means change and this is one change that I am so glad I made.