If you saw my feature in #thestartupgrowth (click here if you missed it), you know that one of my greatest joys is helping clients formulate their next steps and then bring them to fruition. No one is a better example of this than Michele Reiner. Like many of my clients, Michele is highly educated, accomplished and has chosen to spend her recent years focusing on her family. When we started working together, she was beginning to formulate her next steps.
During our sessions, I found Michele to be creative, relationship oriented, analytical, and deeply interested in solving complex problems. Her breadth of talents and skills made choosing one thing that interested her complicated because she is capable of doing so many. However, after many honest, soul-searching sessions, Michele began to have a clear picture of a project that could both capture her imagination and intellect. It's called Storied Awareness.
Storied Awareness is a chance to explore important questions in a more intimate manner and to listen, learn, gain insight and take action. The stories and information uncovered will be shared through publications, trainings and direct service to others. Currently, she is researching an issue very near and dear to her heart. She is exploring why talented nonprofit leaders leave the industry. She calls it nonprofit leadership drain. If you were a 1-2 time nonprofit executive director and then left, please consider taking the time to share your insights with Michele. The link to her survey is here. She may follow-up with you for a listening session to learn more.
You may not know this, but I started my career as a political science major with the goal of running a nonprofit and worked the first 5 years of my career focused on women's and environmental issues. However, I quickly saw that the work we did was solely determined by the funding we could procure and often, great projects got shelved because we couldn't find the money to do them. This was really difficult for my idealistic twenty something year old self and I decided to leave the nonprofit world to go make some money so I could be one of those people who one day who could fund projects.
I maintained many friendships with my nonprofit friends, my then husband ran a nonprofit, and my father was the Executive Director of a Red Cross chapter - so I saw firsthand the challenges nonprofit leaders face managing fundraising, program management, team development and reporting to their board of directors. This personal experience is why I believe Michele's research is crucial. We need the most talented people leading our nonprofits and yet often they leave to use their talents elsewhere. My hope is her project could be a starting point for changes in how we think about nonprofit talent management.
Please support Michele's project by taking her survey if it is applicable to you and by sharing it to your networks, so that your colleagues in the nonprofit sector have an opportunity to share their insights and experiences.
And as always, if you or someone you know is looking for coaching, you can always email me at email@example.com or fill out my contact form on my home page www.clairepearsoncoaching.com.
I took this picture a few weeks ago in Sedona, AZ when I was feeling overcome by the natural beauty of the red rocks surrounding me. These rocks are constantly changing as the forces of nature require and yet they remain grand and beautiful. A tour guide told me these desert rocks formed thousands of years ago - underwater. What a transformation!
It got me thinking a lot about my own journey, and those of the amazing women I coach. My clients are leaders in their fields, working women who also run busy households, and oftentimes, are experiencing transitions in their relationships. My clients are resilient, action oriented, and driven by an inner knowing. Like me, my clients are full of ideas and have great enthusiasm as a project begins. However, when our visions/dreams/goals do not happen quickly or worse, when we face harsh winds or a heavy storm, we second guess ourselves. Insecurity, doubt and fear creep in and the mountain that we were once so eager to move drifts further and further out of sight.
So this week in coaching, we are asking ourselves, why do we forget our power, our strength and our ability to adapt? Why do we resist change so often when change is sometimes the only thing that will get us where we want to go? Why do we fear harsh winds or heavy storms in our lives when nature shows us they are the very things that refine, clarify and polish? And why, do we forget that she who moves mountains, moves the small stones first?
The life we have now, whether we like it or not, did not magically appear. It is the result of the choices we make every day. The life we have in ten years, will be the result of the stones we move, or don't move, NOW. If I'm your coach, then you know I am here to help you stay focused and on track and am honored to be part of your journey. I will remind you of your magnificence at every turn and soothe you through the inevitable storms. If you are playing along at home, give some thought to how you might be able to do these things for yourself so you can move small stones in order to move mountains. If you feel like you might need some extra help, feel free to reach out to me.
Have a wonderful week full of love, laughter and joy! And make sure you check-in next week to find out what we are exploring next!
What will you manifest this year? Five years ago today, I saw this word written on the beach. There was no one else in sight. It felt like it was for me. I knew what it meant. It was time to get on with my real life....you know the one where I stepped into my power and lived fully and freely? A journey began and it continues as I walk the walk as a mother, wife, business owner and band member @ormewoods. So many of us in this group are in the midst of shedding our skins and redefining what it means to take up space with powerful feminine energy. We are impacting our families and our communities in ways that are immeasurable. As I coach other creative women who have dreams bigger than the amount of time they have available, I am reminded that work/life balance is so important. How do we make those dreams come true despite our time limitations? How do we stay true to this new version of our future we see, while still being present for loved ones. How do we rock the boat without throwing the baby out with the bathwater? These are the questions I'm exploring this week with coaching clients. Play along at home or if you know you would benefit from a coach, reach out. I offer free consultations. firstname.lastname@example.org❤️🙏👍🥰
Claire Pearson is an award winning life/business coach for busy creative women - because she is a busy, creative woman. In addition to running a thriving coaching practice which services clients across the world, she tours with her folk rock duo The Ormewoods, chases after two teenagers on a daily basis, wrangles three rescue dogs, volunteers with women's organizations and is part owner of Bennett's Market & Deli in Grant Park, Atlanta, Georgia.
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