I recently caught up with a friend who is recovering from a traumatising work-based experience.
At the beginning of the year she was head hunted. It was a newly created position, with an expectation to deliver a key outcome for the organisation in the first four months of the job. She thrives on a challenge and is an assertive, confident woman. So, she rose to the challenge, picked up her life and dog and moved across the country for the role.
She has a lot of self awareness, and she knows what she needs from a work environment to be successful. She mentioned this during the recruitment process, telling the panel that she prefers to work autonomously and doesn't enjoy being micromanaged. The panel's response? Laughter, and a comment, "you'll see"
Last week was a hard week. I struggled to get out of bed in the morning, to find focus during my day, and to stay motivated and positive about starting up this business. Fear and doubt were nibbling away at the edges of my consciousness. Why are you doing this? What do you think you will achieve? You are going to fail. This can not work. You don't know what you are doing. Small, meaningless thoughts, chipping away at my self esteem and bringing me closer to despair
Last month I spoke at the Hamilton Administrative Professional's Day Breakfast which was organised by the Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Hamilton branch.
I spoke about my journey over the past nine months, and shared that I was feeling like an imposter - standing up in front of the guests as their 'inspiring speaker'. What a challenge that was!
Most of you will be familiar with my journey to accept that everything is unfolding in the perfect way, at the perfect time. Alongside that is an acceptance that I will attract the right opportunities at the right time, for the right reasons.
There is a delicate balance between waiting and creating and, let's be clear, I am certainly not sitting at home on my hands waiting for an opportunity to present itself. Behind the scenes, there is a serious amount of grit, determination and hustle that goes into creating space for things to start happening
I'm Michelle, based in Hamilton, raising two boys, a ginger cat and many vegetables. I have been involved with the work of Magnetic Hub since March 2015 and consider it 'home' in many ways. Accustomed to leading female-only groups, I continue to be energised by the beautiful wisdom that unfolds from women in a room, talking together. Read my musings and learn about our work - newsletter sign-up below... Enjoy. Michelle x