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First Year Review
An Entrepreneurial Journey In The Midst Of The Pandemic
Who doesn’t love the magic of positive change? I truly believe that we can all play a crucial part in inspiring tremendous growth and development by creating conversations that inspire positive change. In April 2021, I celebrated one year since I have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful path.
2020 was the year of developing my coaching and mentoring business: working with founders who are looking to launch and scale, supporting teams to develop the critical skills needed to build better businesses and to get ready to raise investment.
January was when my business was incorporated, planning to take a holiday in February and expanding shortly after. The holiday was such a memorable blessing, traveling to Spain and Portugal, walking more than 100k steps and changing numerous flights to visit stunning places. It gave me the boost of energy for coping with the unexpected challenges of the pandemic, as well as with starting on my business adventure.
In the context of these unprecedented times, I was able to find two sources of strength. Firstly, this was my second business to be developed in times of crisis and consequently I was well prepared, being able to overcome my initial doubts. Secondly, the pandemic brought opportunities for people to interact massively via online channels, which matched my envisioned way of doing business.
In May I joined the International Coaching Federation initiative, “We care about you”, supporting the business community through online coaching sessions. With the purpose of supporting startup founders to shift from survival and short-term successes towards long-term value creation, I have created my own pro bono coaching programs. In addition, I have coached employees to improve their skills for different ways of working such as communication skills, managing priorities, productivity, leadership. Furthermore, I have participated in numerous online events, sharing expertise with professionals from around the world.
Since 2020, I have been privileged to become part of the network of support of several founders and organisations. I have worked on various exciting projects, my favourite one being on sustainability, ‘How to start with building a positive impact business’, with a focus on SDG 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure.
Moreover, I have been fortunate to work with people from various places from USA, Pakistan, Japan or Belgium.
Finally, what an amazing learning journey it has been! Most importantly, I have learned to slow down to speed up and I have also learned to strengthen my Sage.
The journey has been exceptionally rewarding so far and I am looking forward to continuing my support for founders and organisations across the globe, as a trusted partner along the way.