January In Review: Four Months In
Newsflash, I left my last job about four months ago and have been having a blast building new projects, relationships and seeing what sticks.
According to my Google Maps creepy activity log, I have walked more than 4km with my phone on me and spent more than 60 hours in a vehicle in January. My phone, unfortunately, doesn’t count the countless hours I spend behind my dining room table working.
Customer Segments Workshop - What have I been working on?
In addition to consulting and working with clients 1:1, I was invited to put together and facilitate a workshop on Customer Segments in January. Hosted at the Facebook NG Hub, I had a blast learning about different businesses and look forward to continuing to have opportunities to work on such fun and fulfilling projects. If you want to see the resources I shared, you can find them here.
Feedback - What I have learned about Myself this Month
I sometimes suck at taking feedback. I spend most of my time helping others give and receive feedback, and it seems like it is something I need to work on. Whether I’m behind my laptop or on the flag football field, people have been kind enough to remind me that like everyone, I am still a work in progress. For February I am trying to keep these tips in mind.
What Hustle? - My Favorite Entrepreneurship/ Leadership Related Article of the Month
I came across this article about Millennials and their relationship to work. I was overcome with glee and definitely ‘Lol-ed.’ Titled ‘Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work,’ the article is definitely a great read. As I posted on Twitter “…I enjoy working hard (I have never really liked the word ‘hustle) and like sleeping just as hard…”
Ask for Help - My Favorite Career Advice this Month
So far, many of my clients have been interested in having conversations around careers. To help with career-related conversations, I put together a career advice related group and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview some of the most prominent HR practitioners based in Accra. Though they work in Accra, their advice is universal. I have a few more articles to post, but you can find the first two, (and be warned, they are a bit long, but full of super actionable advice) here.
100 – Favorite Number in January
I launched my Facebook Page last month to share my thoughts and start introducing my services. I have found it quite challenging to keep it up to date, but I have been working on sharing my thoughts and was excited to get 100 likes this month. I really appreciate everyone’s support and comments.
There are dozens of people who have been involved with my abrupt transition from full-time employment to project-based entrepreneurship (I’m trying out different ways of describing my work and title; currently I’m calling myself a People & Business Strategist). If you are receiving this, you have been involved in my journey somehow, and I really appreciate your thoughts, ideas, challenges and willingness to engage with me.
I would love to hear what you are working on if you have the time.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope to send one out monthly keeping you up to date on what I’ve been up to and holding myself accountable to some of the goals I have set for myself.
And to reiterate Feedback is welcome.