Steps to Success is a terrific opportunity for business women to tackle and share life issues. Working in small groups facilitated by certified life coaches, dynamic interactions guide women in personal and professional growth.
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October is a celebratory month. As the Women’s Business Network hosts our annual Steps To Success event, we encourage our members and friends to join us for a day in which we have the opportunity to connect with our peers and gain new insight from some fantastic Life Coaches. Our speaker is Anne Keatley Solomon, who will be giving a presentation called “Taking Risks in Your Career”.
There are a lot of ways we all take “steps.” We step up, step out, step down, step aside, step back, and step together. Attending Steps to Success will leave you ready to take the next steps in your life. With the generosity of the Life Coaches who guide us through our challenges, and the connections that are made with those who have similar challenges, we will all be stepping forward with a renewed sense of direction.
I encourage all of our members to attend this special event, and bring a friend that would benefit from taking a new step in a positive direction.
Although summer is not officially over, now that school has begun we tend to think about the fall season. Our memories of beach vacations begin to fade and we begin to turn our thoughts towards crisp mornings and changing foliage.
In just a few short weeks we will be back underway with our regular meetings. We are ready to finish 2014 with a variety of programs that promise to encourage, enlighten and inform each of our members! September’s meeting will focus on organization, which we know is always a challenge. Creating systems to keep our clutter (especially records and files) under control will lead to more efficiency, which in turn, will increase our bottom line — always a good thing! Be sure to register early for this meeting – there is also a major surprise in store for all of our members!
We are committed to providing a wide variety of topics at our regular meetings and to give women business owners an opportunity to network with their peers. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We have several committee positions open. Would you please consider using your strengths towards the growth of the WBN? If you are interested, please contact me or any Board member. We would love to have you join us!
This month, I thought that sharing a short story would be appropriate. I hope many of you will read this with your toes in the sand or by a campfire. The last of our summer days are upon us-soon we will be back to the routines that the month of September brings.
We can’t wait to get back to a regular meeting in September, and we have a BIG surprise for our members lined up for this meeting-don’t miss it!
This story is written by A. Jean Kent. After reading it, ask yourself “Is your career a means to an end?” or “What will be the end result of my work?” Enjoy!
A management consultant, on holiday in a African fishing village, watched a little fishing boat dock at the quayside. Noting the quality of the fish, the consultant asked the fisherman how long it had taken to catch them.
“Not very long.” answered the fisherman.
“Then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the consultant.
The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The consultant asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, have an afternoon’s rest under a coconut tree. In the evenings, I go into the community hall to see my friends, have a few beers, play the drums, and sing a few songs….. I have a full and happy life.” replied the fisherman.
The consultant ventured, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you…… You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have a large fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to a city here or maybe even in the United Kingdom, from where you can direct your huge enterprise.”
“How long would that take?” asked the fisherman.
“Oh, ten, maybe twenty years.” replied the consultant.
“And after that?” asked the fisherman.
“After that? That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the consultant, laughing, “When your business gets really big, you can start selling shares in your company and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” pressed the fisherman.
“After that you’ll be able to retire, move out to a small village by the sea, sleep in late every day, spend time with your family, go fishing, take afternoon naps under a coconut tree, and spend relaxing evenings having drinks with friends…”