I've been offline for a long time. Most of my energy has been going towards writing a book and coaching some truly exceptional clients. Now and then, I catch myself reflecting about the interesting new direction in which my coaching practice has been creeping.
While it's still premature, I'm ready to share a bit of a teaser.
I'm interested in a shifting definition of work, of career.
I think the 9-5 (or 8-7, etc) clock-in, clock-out corporate cubicle model is outdated. It's being shed - for some, slowly, for some very rapidly.
How do I know this? First, I was able to leave it, and my world didn't crumble. Then my husband walked out, and never looked back. We're happier and more productive than ever before. And my clients are doing so too. So are my coaching colleagues. The people I trust, value and respect. Just walking away. And not looking back.
Second, look at the economy. Today we heard some grim reports about jobs and joblessness. More people are unemployed than ever before. And jobs aren't making a comeback as expected. In fact, major employers are still cutting large amounts of jobs, every day.
The convergence of these two factors is pretty powerful. More people are driven to follow their passions than ever before. And less jobs than ever before.
The chains that held us to our old desk jobs are being cut, and we're finding meaning. We're also finding money. Yes, it's actually possible that we can walk away from our jobs and earn more than ever before. It takes ingenuity and creativity. And drive. But it's possible. And it's fun!
This is just the beginning of an exciting new focus, for me and my clients. Keep your radar up, you'll hear more - from me and from others in this space. It's an exciting new world!