Managing Change – IMAGE Mentoring Workshop


On a beautiful sunny evening in the luxurious Merrion Hotel, on the kind invite of Melanie Morris Editor-in-Chief of IMAGE Magazine, I had the privilege of presenting a Mentoring Workshop on the topic of Managing Change in Life, Career & Business.

After an initial toast with MOET Champagne, in a rather large white wine glass, we got down to business.

I spoke about the following areas and identified

  1. That change is the new permanent,
  2. Some 21st-century career facts,
  3. Your non-negotiables,
  4. How to use goals to achieve your big dream,
  5. The importance of a mentor,
  6. Knowing who your influencers are
  7. That managing change is a skill,
  8. That failure is your friend (once you learn from it),
  9. You need to ‘Find Your Tribe to Thrive’,
  10. The difference between leisure and recreation,
  11. And finally the importance of networking.

You can find the link to all of the July 2016 IMAGE Mentoring Workshop slides here

After speaking to you for over one hour, and individually to almost 20 of you, I left the Merrion on a high.

My most recent career change was reaffirmed in one evening. 5 years ago I was about to become a mother for the first time, and I desperately wanted change. Paralysed, I wondered if I was nuts while simultaneously fearing the possibility of failure. Not to mention how much I thought about what others would think.

Just 5 years ago I stood in the shoes of so many of you not knowing how to manage the transition for myself.

After my daughter was born I decided to effect change. I got help to put my plan in place. Just 18 months ago I activated that plan. It, was difficult, challenging and testing, of that there is no doubt. But what I can tell you now, with the benefit of hindsight, I did the right thing.

Those same feelings are now replaced with feelings of happiness at, engagement with and satisfaction from my work. There are days it’s not all ‘Disney’ but I can tell you is that the vast majority of days are super.

If you are considering career change, transition or pivot get some professional advice, get out there, meet people and talk. When you look back in 5 years I can promise you, if you do it correctly, you will not regret it.

If you would like to see the pictures from the evening check them out here

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