When Carmen came to me for help she had just been given 3 months layoff notice (down-sizing) from a job she had excelled at for over 20 years. She quickly found another job doing what she had done before and was made the team trainer. One of the most senior and evidently influential team members quickly started to sabotage Carmen and then went to the boss, a long time friend of Carmen’s, and convinced him that the changes were bad for team morale and causing backlash. Carmen was fired and understandably devastated.
Carmen says: “Working with Dick for the past 7 months has been a life-changing experience. I started coaching with Dick because I was going through a big career transition time in my life, where I needed to decide a new career path that was best for me. This was causing fear and anxiety in my life and I was not clear on the direction I wanted to go. As a career coach, Dick first helps me identify my interest, dreams, and aspirations by asking important questions. These questions lead me to ask myself what was important to me and what was needed in my life for it to be a life of fulfillment. He helped me gain clarity, gave me direction, suggestions, and the steps to make the necessary changes to move forward. He provided me with the tools necessary to achieve my dreams and start a new business that matches my core values. With his coaching, I have been able to identify my goals, narrow my focus, and generate a ton of great new ideas for my business. He listens to what my goals are and helps me develop achievable ways to tackle them so that I can make them happen. Thank you for coaching me toward my dreams. You’ve helped me grow into a woman who is embracing what I really want in life.”
Not only was Carmen jobless but as fate would have it, this was the beginning of the COVID-19 employment problems. Carmen shared a dream of being her own boss in an embroidery business while helping other stay-at-home Moms start their own businesses. It turned out she already had most of the equipment she needed right in her basement, unused for years (lost dream).
Carmen decided to take lemons and make lemonade. She had no job or potential, was forced to stay at home for weeks and depression setting in. She decided to turn it all around and create the home business she always wanted and get the joy and fulfillment of helping others start their own business and still be able to be stay-at-home moms.
What a joy it is for me to work with Carmen and watch her blossom into the flower she was always meant to be.