This blog began in 2009 in support of my enthusiastic relocation to Ireland and embarking on a path of a reluctant entrepreneurship.
Reluctant because in 2008/09 there were few other choices – and because the gods have a sense of humor. I began training for the work I do now during the great recession of the early eighties when career development work was ‘teaching entrepreneurship’. I’d never expected to be taking my own advice – thirty years later.
You can learn more about my ongoing work, find out about our courses and workshops, and join the conversation at Empowering-Change.com.
The change I encourage there is an invitation to repair and restore your own sense of self and to bring those lessons and habits into an effort to repair and restore your world.
What you’ll read about here are stories from the journey. My story, other people’s stories, observations about Ireland and Northern Ireland from the lens of a blow-in frustrated by the fact thatso many of my neighbors can’t see the possibility and potential of a prosperous future where we first embrace diversity, demand transparency, accountability, and excellence from both taxing authorities – and then concern ourselves with a shared future.
Whatever attracted you to this blog, you are very welcome.
I hope it serves to bring comfort or perspective to your personal or professional journey. Its essence simply reflects the lessons of mine.
I now live a prosperous life, trust abundance and am, for the first time in nearly six decades at ease.
My dis-ease or discontent had different manifestations over the years. Depression, obesity, an interrupted career path & a broken marriage to name but a few.
My work supporting personal change, career development and entrepreneurship is anchored by skills I began to develop in the 80’s when an unexpected mentor guided me from an ill chosen profession to this one.
Availability is the common denominator to both life changes.
These changes began ages ago, which I highlight as proof that we all have the capacity to change, by degrees, with steps forward and slips back, over the long haul.
Personal change is where it is grounded. The lessons are developmental and universal. Well-reared children in all cultures come of age with the skill to live at peace with themselves.
They move from dependent infants to terrible toddlers, to determined and rebellious teens and through the course of adulthood, they evolve into confident, consensus-seeking adults who negotiate calmly, both personally and professionally, to establish their place in the world.
Sadly, most of us don’t experience this ideal and uninterrupted progression. We reach adulthood struggling with our dis-ease or discontent. At best, we wish we were happier at work or at home, at worst we self medicate that dis-ease with substances or behaviors to numb it.
Thankfully if motivated by our discontent, we can all choose change.
Whether the dis-ease is in your personal or work life there are stories for you here.
And if you recognize the dysfunction of our social, economic and political systems rooted in the dis-ease of our leadership, then there are stories to inspire and empower you to challenge that leadership.
That is the call to “servant leadership”.