A little over a year ago, in the middle of a pandemic, I jumped into the deep end and started a consulting business. I knew that I had something to offer an industry that I had dedicated nearly seventeen years of my life to:
I wanted to help construction leaders win the war for talent.
That said, after over twenty years receiving a W2, I didn't really know what it meant, I was scared to risk the security I had known, and I wasn't even sure where to start.
With my husband as the wind beneath my wings (I know it is a cheesy reference to Bette Midler and the movie Beaches, but it is true), I picked up the phone and started calling people I know - other consultants that I had worked with before. They provided additional support, encouragement, and more people to call. Within the first few months, I had broadened my network, found opportunities to partner, and helped a client identify a tailored solution to support the efficiency of their internal HR Operations team.
This past year has been a whirlwind of learning lessons, celebrating successes, and seeing my clients win - It truly has been amazing! With the support and partnerships with my family, friends, colleagues, clients, and local baristas, we have:
Developed and implemented a communications plan that led to a 96% employee survey response rate
Strengthened the change management efforts of a company's shift to a pay for performance approach
Guided a leading construction company through their engagement survey follow up action planning
Jumping into the deep end of a pool when you don't know how to swim is scary, but when your family is there to provide a floaty, your friends are their to encourage you, and you find new people to help, it can turn into a pretty amazing experience.
To all of my family and friends (old and new): thank you for making this one amazing year, I could not have done it without each and every one of you!