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In 2003, I worked my final full-time, employed, working-in-an-office-for-someone-else job. In the years since, I’ve earned my keep through a blend of businesses (four different businesses before I discovered my professional dream boat, coaching), and part-time or short-term jobs and contracts. I was one of the people living the gig economy before we had the phrase “gig economy.”
Over the years, I’ve been able to use this experience in my coaching as I’ve supported people transitioning into self-employment or active retirement. Now, most people lucky enough to continue to be employed are facing these same challenges that I’ve lived and coached for all of these years, namely:
- How to create and build relationships from a far? (That is, what does networking look like without physical proximity?)
- How to be productive when working from home?
And now there’s a new one: Given that we humans experience time in only one direction, there’s no “going back to normal” but rather co-creating what our society, including our business community, will look like in a post-Covid-19 world. What hopes and fears and possibilities might we take from this time? How might we focus on responding rather than reacting?
On Tuesdays and Fridays, I've added group meditation and a 15-minute dance party, respectively, because before we can change our lives or the world, we've got to fill our energy tanks!
From now until June 10 (at least; I may well stretch this longer depending on how the virus moves and our behaviors respond), I’ll be creating gathering spaces each week to talk about these three topics. They’re free to attend, a small way for me to use the skills and resources I have to support our global perseverance and recovery.