Solopreneurs will want to know LowellAnn’s story before deciding to connect. So let’s get to know each other!
In my twenties, I observed something that impacted the rest of my life. I met a lady in her late 50’s – early 60’s whose husband had just died of a heart attack. She just didn’t know what to do. She was left with a car she couldn’t drive and total confusion over money; she had never so much as paid a telephone bill! As a young wife and mother, I vowed this would never, ever happen to me. This decision took me on to university, participation in the feminist movement, into volunteer board contribution, positions of responsibility in the Canadian government, adventure into northern communities, into consulting and solopreneurship.
How I Got Into This Work
After twenty years in career and employment work with the Canadian federal government, it seemed natural to find something constructive to do following an early retirement, and Workstyle-Lifestyle Consulting became a reality. My consulting work took me to many communities in northern Canada where I worked with emerging leaders in the new arctic territory Nunavut. I soon discovered that two or three day workshops were a great start for participants, but continued support and encouragement were necessary for the application of new skills and approaches, so I began to provide one-on-one telephone support. Later, I learned about an emerging new discipline called Coaching and realized that I had already discovered it. I learned a lot more from Thomas Leonard and Coachville and hired my own coach before I decided to add formal coaching to my repertoire of consulting/training services. Coaching felt just right because of its similarity to career counseling I had practiced for years.
What Inspires Me
The most inspiring activity for me is staying current in my field and branching out into new fields of interest. I have been particularly inspired by Peter Senge’s Fifth Discipline , Michael Gerber’s E-Myth, Steven Covey’s Seven Habits, First Things First, and 8th Habit, Frederic Hudson’s Life Launch and Esther & Jerry Hicks’ The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent and The Astonishing Power of Emotions. The works of Ken Wilbur (A Brief History of Everything and more) and Robert Kegan (Immunity to Change) are of special interest.
I’ve found stimulation and growth in Conscious Business. Waking Up The Workplace and subsequent Academy courses provide some leading edge thinking and processes for this new age .
Today, I’m excited and inspired by all the on-line tools that are a boon to the solopreneur – the ever-changing world of Google Plus, You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram.
My biggest inspiration right now is the opportunity to host my weekly Being Your Own CEO Success Circle for solopreneurs via Hangout On Air. We enjoy each other’s company while sharing techniques and information and providing moral support to each. Participants even end up doing business together! I just completed the 175th session.
What do I believe?
- Firmly believe that men and women can benefit from using their right brain (feminine skills) in business. And they can be independent and successful in business regardless of their age.
- Contribution to community is what provides meaning in our lives.
- Google Hangouts (now changed to YouTube Live) will change the way we do business on the net.
- Google + is the best place to interact and market for solo entrepreneurs who want to connect with other businesses and gain profile with Google Search.
- Graduate Executive Coaching Program (Royal Roads University)
- Presidents’ Club Sales Program (Sandler Sales Institute)
- Gateway to Developmental Coaching (Interdevelopmental Institute)
- Adult Education Diploma (St. F.X. University)
- Team Development and High Performance courses (from private consultants)
- Total Quality Transformation training (Lethbridge Community College)
- ICA Technology of Participation training (Institute of Cultural Affairs)
- Numerous Courses: employment, interviewing, testing, career counseling (provided by my employer)
- B.A. Degree (Mount Allison University)
My Leisure Time Joys
Maintaining good health is very important to me. My fitness partner and I aim for an hour four mornings a week. We have discovered the joy of sunrise on the beach and that it’s great way to begin a day! I’ve also discovered this is a great time to play with photography from my smartphone.
My indoor/balcony gardening gives me a great deal of pleasure. It’s fun to be able to tell all my northern friends and clients about the flowers that are in bloom throughout the winter in Victoria.
I participate in Victoria’s famous Gettin’ Higher Choir. It’s a great way to meet like-minded folks, connect with our love of music and support a community in Mozambique.
I got a lot of joy from assisting with the development of this Aboriginal Library at Victoria’s Native Friendship Centre. A very welcoming place!
I have been an active leadership member of HOST (Home Office Support Team) over the years. This is a business networking organization that has operated in Victoria since 1995 – A great place to meet and connect with other solopreneurs.
Recently I’ve been having fun as the Google Plus evangelist and manager of the Peninsula Business Network Community. I also set up and help manage the PBW MeetUp site.