Early Reflections on 2017 and Business Changes

What a year – and it’s not over yet.

It’s like everything that could happen did, but the experience has taught me that my resilience is pretty strong and keeps getting stronger. Resilience is an essential trait to possess.

Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on.
— Psychology Today

 

Have you recently had to deal with difficult challenges as well? What have you learned that has made you more resilient? I would love to hear from you on this topic.

Early Reflections on my Year:

Amid family challenges and health crises, I’ve learned to take things a little slower and more intentionally. I’ve learned of the importance of deeper self-care, and how that doesn’t just mean “do some yoga and have a nap.” There are deeply entrenched mental models that can be something we need to break down in order to fully care for ourselves over the long term. That is what I’ve been working on.

By breaking down the root causes of why I need self-care (i.e., people-pleasing, imposter syndrome, codependency), I’ve been able to prevent them from rearing their ugly heads. This has been hard work. It means taking action. It means making hard choices about who is in your life and why. It causes you to reflect on who you work with and why. These have been some of the topics I’ve been working on personally, so I can be better able to provide the best work for my clients.

Business Changes:

This is the fourth year I’ve been in business. I have some of the best clients a consultant could ask for. I also have many other projects on the go constantly. I’ve been surprisingly successful and I’m beyond grateful for that.

After consistantly working long hours most days of the week, I made a decision to try to grow, back in March, by bringing on two new partners to help make a bigger impact. We grew Wyrd (pronounced wired) Consulting Inc. into a new brand that would wrap around businesses with supports in the areas of leadership, marketing, and business management strategies.

After several months it became clear that the timing wasn’t right, and that I needed to take heed of the new adage, “fail fast and fail forward”. With that in mind, we have each gone our own way (amicably). We’re intent on bringing our own unique work to life while remaining connected.

Shawn will build Wyrd Consulting into a digital marketing firm, and Jean-Paul will grow Moutonco into a global business management firm. I can’t wait to see what both of them do.

So, I remain focused on the great work I have with leaders in the nonprofit sector, innovative strategic planning, and solutions labs, as well as developing new social enterprises (both for profit and nonprofit). I will work under the name Moss Consulting Inc. and have a new website ready to go at www.chrismoss.ca.

Some other amazing partners I am working with are doing creative, emergent work and are having great social impact; I’m greatly looking forward to doing more with them. As co-tenants at Innovation Works, many of us have begun working together in different forms. As a collective we bring so many strengths to the table with a generous and collaborative spirit. Check out this blog and case study that was published in Public Sector Digest as an example of one of these projects.

If you’re interested in learning more about what I do, just ask. I look forward to hearing from you.