Welcome to my first newsletter of 2017. It's hard to believe that January has come and gone and the holiday season is a distant memory. It's also hard for me to believe that 18 months have passed since I Ieft the 'comfort' of my career with the BC Public Service to start my new chapter as a solopreneur and to launch Symmetry Coaching. What an amazing journey it's been so far. When I'm not busy coaching, out pursuing my love of photography, or volunteering, I really enjoy writing and sharing information. I've included articles to inspire you and give you pause for reflection. To sign up for future newsletters, please click on the subscribe button at the bottom.
Focusing on what's important during these anxious and uncertain times...
We are totally saturated these days on social media and in the news about political events. In our 'always connected' world there is so much information and commentary, it gets to be too much at times, and at the same time, it can be hard to turn off. It's almost like seeing a car wreck - you don't want to hear it or see it but you look anyways. I've been thinking a lot about what we can do to navigate through these uncertain times. To read more, here's my latest article with some questions for you to reflect on.
When faced with professional or personal decisions, ask yourself the following two questions: If I say yes to this, what am I saying no to?
If I say no to this, what am I saying yes to?
I take the time to write down the answers to these questions. This helps me reflect and weigh what's really important. It's very easy to say yes to too many things. This is one way to help make choices about where to commit your energies.
Why not write down your thoughts in a journal, or on a sticky note as a visual reminder.
A fresh new year
So what are you going to create for yourself in 2017?
Do you ever have those days and times in your life where you just feel stuck? Those times when you are either facing a tough decision, or you just know that you need to do something, but don’t know exactly ‘what’ or ‘how’ to move forward.
A big shout out to Leadership Victoria! I’ve had the privilege of volunteering as a coach and program committee member for their Community Leadership Development Program since 2014. I’ve learned a lot about the importance of expanding horizons, meeting other leaders and learning more about what’s happening in my community. I’ve been totally inspired at what a group of individuals with very different careers, life experiences, and work experiences can accomplish in a short time frame when they come together for a cause they are passionate about. If you know an emerging leader who would benefit from this program, click here for more info. And a big shout out to HeroWork! HeroWork is a charity that renovates other charities through Radical Renovation events - imagine a modern day barn-raising, where dozens of companies and hundreds of volunteers come together with exceptional cooperation and common vision. I had the privilege of volunteering on the Rainbow Kitchen Radical Renovation Project to help tell their story through photography. Paul Latour, who is HeroWork's founder and Executive Director, is an amazing leader who I've learned a lot from. He is very humble and has inspired many people to come together to make a big difference in our community - he has a clear vision, laser focus and has that ability to lead from the front as well as from the side and from behind. If you want to get involved with this amazing organization, click here for more info.
I love this quote and I love learning about photography. I've taken courses, learned a lot from friends and books, and the most important thing I've learned is to just get out there and take as many shots as I can. Some days they turn out really good, sometimes not so much, and sometimes I get an unexpected surprise in my photos, but like all of life's pursuits, it reminds me to just keep learning as much as I can and enjoy the journey!
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"Kathleen worked with me to establish an environment of trust and safety between us, which was crucial to forming an effective coaching relationship. She worked with me to set goals to start and along the way so that I understood and felt a sense of progress for very complex and long term issues. What I learned most from her was how to pivot the spotlight on where I was looking, and instead do more self-reflection on how I could solve the problem or how I contribute to it. The self-reflection was a grain of truth that helped me grow as a leader and now I am a leader of an IT organization with nearly 200 staff."