Sitting at Rouken Glen Park last week, sipping coffee and shooting the breeze with one my champions I watched the ducklings splashing around in the pond, learning to swim. The mother duck watched from a distance as her young headed off in different directions, calling them back into line when they began to panic or feel lost.
When working for large organisations there is often a Mother Duck system of procedures and training programmes designed to protect, develop and support staff at each stage of their career. Freelancers, sole traders, one woman shows don’t have that safety net which is why I value and respect my champions so much.
CEO’s and high achievers often join mentor-ship programmes and invest in executive coaching because not only is it tough at the top, it's lonely too. The same applies to those who are bold /crazy enough to set up their own business. Like the BT adverts used to say, it’s good to talk.