Starting out on this adventure that was opening Finch & Daisy Consulting was something that seemed to fall into place. After spending 18 years in Corporate America, I suddenly found myself in the beginning of January 2017 with the knowledge that in 5 months I would no longer have a job, as the firm I worked for was being sold. I had so wanted 2017 to be a calm year, because in 2016 my life was shaken by the loss of my Mom. Just 3 years earlier I had lost my Dad.
Before my Mom had passed, she and I had talked about my dream of one day running my own business, although it was much more in my mind at the time that I would purchase some sort of existing business and go from there. In fact, a month before she passed, I had begun seriously looking at several opportunities. Once I lost her, all of those plans got put on hold, and once 2017 hit I had put it out of my mind. I could have gone and found another Corporate job, but the truth of the matter was, I didn't want to start over again working for another company. Rather, I had a vision of taking my skills team building, leadership training and mentoring and helping others who were looking for outside assistance.
See, I know just how hard being it is working in today's workplace. As an employee, I worked hard to grow from an entry level position to a Director role. I know the strategies to help you achieve your own career goals, and I know the pitfalls you need to avoid.
I also know just how hard being a manager is. Not only are you worried about your career path and future, but you're worried about those who work with you and around you. It can be a very rewarding experience as well as one that can be trying from time to time.
That's what led to the formation of Finch & Daisy. Yes, I know the name isn't conventional, but it does represent something very near and dear to my heart - my parents. No, their names weren't Finch & Daisy; after my Dad passed away, yellow finches became a symbol that reminded me of him and after my Mom passed away, yellow daisies became what reminded me of her. It may not be a very typical business name, but it is one that means a lot to me and it is who I am.
Authenticity is one of the most important factors that I believe everyone needs to strive for- both outside and inside of the workplace. If you can't be who you truly are, then I don't believe it's possible to earn the true respect and loyalty of others, which you absolutely need to have a successful career.
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Joy L Pearson