How spending a few days in a beautiful setting can give you a new perspective on your life and career!

The jury is in!  Verdict: taking a few precious days to focus on what is important to you, what you are meant to be doing, and how you can make that happen, works!  And if you do it in a peaceful, beautiful setting that is even better!

We started our Step into Your Future workshops in 2011.  Since then several dozen people have signed up to be part of a small group looking for a facilitated, safe and supportive opportunity to pull the seams out of their career, examine the fabric and decide what they wanted to make out of it.  Some people have started to sew a whole new existence, and others have decided to put the career back together again in a similar fashion but with perhaps a new lining or different trim.

The premise is simple:  bring smart, reflective people together in a gorgeous place and good things will happen.  And it doesn’t matter what field you are in, how old you are or how accomplished you think you are or are not.  In fact, here are a few of the common myths that have been shattered:

  • Everyone else will be smarter, or more senior, or more accomplished than me – wrong!  We have watched senior executives take advice and reflect on the words of someone in mid career, and that person in turn realize she is on the wrong track and it is time to make a change herself.  Get over it!  If you are ready to let the seams out of your career, even a bit, this is the right place for you.
  • Everyone else will be further along than me in thinking about a career change – wrong again!  Most people who come to the workshop have simply an idea that they want to make a change but they often don’t know what they want it to be.  If they do know, this is the place to try out a few patterns and see how it all fits together.  If it doesn’t work, you can start again.
  • I don’t need another workshop that is all talk and no action – right you are!  In this workshop, you emerge with an Action Plan.  Some people will just have a few first steps down on paper, others will have it flushed out and ready to roll.  But an action plan is guaranteed.

The workshops have been held in a range of lovely places over the past couple of years but we have now landed on just two workshops per year, in two fabulous venues:  Pender Island, BC and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

The value of these two beautiful places is not inconsequential.  Neither are the fun times that are built in (and optional!) to each workshop.  There is time to reflect, be challenged and make new friends and new connections.

So if you are ready – or think you might be ready –  to take a look at the fabric of your life and career, please check out and register at Step Into Your Future online.

Linda Oglov

OGLOV BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INC.

12 Things I learned (or re-learned) about life and careers this year

‘Tis the season for lists and reflection on the year that is nearly ended – and far be it from me to break that tradition!  

I set a personal goal for myself to learn something new every month in 2012.  Not sure how that list stacks up but I do know that the wonderful coaching clients and workshop participants whom I have had the pleasure of working with this year have taught me a lot, or caused me to “re-learn” many things about life and careers:

1. Resilience – it never ceases to amaze me how truly resilient people are.  In the face of an endless array of adversity, people keep going.  I saw unbelievable resilience at the London Olympics in both athletes and the people who work in the business of the Olympics, but I see it every day in the people I work with in all walks of life.  Humbling.

2. Hold yourself – and others – capable – this is a lesson from the Royal Roads University executive coaching program I took a few years ago but I continue to learn and re-learn it.  The number of times I have been on the verge of offering an unsolicited opinion to a coaching client – only to have him/her come up with their own better solution…  I am constantly reminding myself to not only hold myself capable but hold others capable of their own decisions as well.  Try it!

3. You are not alone – like many people, my worst time for fears and doubts is the middle of the night.  Waking up and realizing that there are people around you who can truly help is a lesson we all need to refresh frequently.

4. Accept help – once we recognize that we are not alone, the next step is to actually accept help.  I think I signed up for  “I can do this myself” martyrdom at birth.  Constant reminder that I do indeed get by with a little help (or a lot of help) from my friends.

5. When it’s over, it’s over – some of you will recall that I made this statement after finishing work at the London 2012 Olympics.  It has been a very liberating experience to recognize, declare and move on from this statement.  Whatever it is that may be over in your life/career, I recommend calling it!

6. There is life beyond  I was connected in some way to the Olympic movement for nearly 15 years and longer than that to the world of major events.  It was a great run but so is what has unfolded outside of that world.  I am LOVING my career in business and career transition coaching!

7. Still searching for a cure for being a workaholic – nobody but me really sets how much work I take on or what I turn out in the space of a day, week, etc.  My new motto is: “just because I can, does not mean I should”.  I am a work in progress on this one.

8. Sometimes where you are is where you are meant to be  in my work with people in career transition, it is interesting to watch how sometimes people go full circle and realize the change they need to make, is to stay where they are.  I have learned that this realization is as big a change as any.

9. Story works – I have learned to be guided by the fact that “sometimes the turning point in our lives and careers is more obvious in the telling than in the living”.  Get your real story down on paper and you may be surprised by what it tells you.

10. Networking works  apropos of the point above about not having to do things alone and accepting help, I have decided that the care and feeding of your personal and professional network is as important as anything else you may do in your career.  Stands you in excellent stead when you are ready to make a change.

11. Action works – take a step, any step!  Action is the key.  At least make a plan to make a plan!

12. Life is truly short  having recently lost yet another dear friend who was too young to leave us, I am again reminded of this sad truth.  Don’t waste any time – make the best of life!

I wish all of you the opportunity to reflect on what you have learned in 2012, along with the health and wisdom to make 2013 a year that truly counts!  Very best wishes,

Linda Oglov