Open to the unexpected

Open to the unexpected

Career Development – Always Be Open To Serendipity

Serendipity – the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

Open to the unexpected – I come from a generation that was taught to make career plans looking 5, 10 and 20 years ahead. We could always tell you what our next move was going to be and when we were going to make it. Now, of course, things have changed. There isn’t an economic forecaster in the world who can predict what the economy, and the world of work, is going to be like in 10 years’ time. Even looking 5 years ahead, has lots of risks around it. But, we all make some assumptions about the future in choosing a profession or investing in a new business.

Looking back, though, life was never as my friends and I had forecast. Things happened that we didn’t expect. New opportunities arose – one former colleague was offered a year’s secondment from London to Tuvalu. Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. It changed her life forever. Another spent six months in Greece working for the UN in his forties. He changed so much his wife didn’t recognise him when she came to visit – he looked years younger. Others found themselves falling in love or having children they hadn’t expected. For others, a change was far less fortunate. But some were very lucky indeed and reached the top in their chosen field by virtue of a number of quite lucky breaks – I don’t mean they had not prepared well.

Always Be Open To Possibilities

It does help to have a vision of the kind of life you want to lead and to know the kind of work you want to do and what you are good at. Working at what you are good at does help. As does getting better at doing it and showing your enthusiasm. But, what matters most is to be open to possibilities and to be prepared to listen to your own heart and intuition.

I had always written poetry and articles but never anything longer than about 3,000 words, except for formal written reports at work. Then, out of the blue, a while ago, I had a dream. Yes, a real dream while I was asleep. And out of that dream came the idea and inspiration for a novel.  I could have just dismissed the idea, of course, because it didn’t fit in with my plans at that time. I didn’t! I went with the flow.

A while ago saw the publication of my first novel, The Wolf Project. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed writing it and how proud I am to have my name on the cover. It is a gift I never expected– an example of serendipity at play – I discovered I could write a novel.

You never know what surprises, and what opportunities, life has in store for you. So keep an open mind. Be prepared to be flexible and open to the possibilities. Who knows, serendipity may fly in your direction any day now, just as she did in mine.  And you may end up being just as grateful.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

As well as the Wolf Project, Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link

         

Presents for You From Wendy and WiseWolf

Presents for You From Wendy and WiseWolf

To celebrate the holiday Season

10% discount on my career and life coaching services until 31st January 2014

Quote XMAS2013

Email: wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com for more details

And on 

24th December 2013 for one day only

Download my novels The Wolf Project and Blood Brothers from Amazon for free

Presents

Presents – I believe you will enjoy them and I would very much welcome your Amazon reviews!

Find out more about the books at these links.
Wendy’s UK Amazon Page

Presents for You From Wendy and WiseWolf

Presents for You From Wendy and WiseWolf

To celebrate my birthday on 19th December and the Christmas Season, on two special days I have special gifts for you.

On

19th December 2013

and

24th December 2013

Download my novels The Wolf Project and Blood Brothers from Amazon for free.

I believe you will enjoy them and I would very much welcome your Amazon reviews!
Find out more about the books at these links.
Wendy’s UK Amazon Page

How NASA Builds Teams – LinkedIn Group

How NASA Builds Teams

 

How NASA Builds Teams

 

How NASA Builds Teams – Do you belong to LinkedIn?  If so. this is a great group to join if you are interested in team leadership.  If you don’t belong to LI, this is one more great reason to join.

Members of this group share a common interest in making teams more productive, leaders more effective, workplaces more engaging and work more meaningful.

Dr Charles Pellerin,  world-wide Team Builder and Hubble Team Leader is leader of the group.

“How NASA Builds Teams” by Dr. Pellerin (Wiley, 2009) explains the ‘human physics’ for developing high performance teams based on experience of working with hundreds of teams at NASA and other technology organizations.

If you have a passion to develop yourself as a more effective leader and raise the performance of your team to industry-best levels, you can’t do better than join this group.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

 

 

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Career Development – Always Be Open To Serendipity

Career Development – Always Be Open To Serendipity

Serendipity – the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

I come from a generation that was taught to make career plans looking 5, 10 and 20 years ahead. We could always tell you what our next move was going to be and when we were going to make it. Now, of course, things have changed. There isn’t an economic forecaster in the world who can predict what the economy, and the world of work, is going to be like in 10 years’ time. Even looking 5 years ahead, has lots of risks around it. But, we all make some assumptions about the future in choosing a profession or investing in a new business.

Looking back though, for me and my colleagues, life was never as we had forecast. Things happened that we didn’t expect. New opportunities arose – one former colleague was offered a year’s secondment from London to Tuvalu (a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia). It changed her life forever. Another spent six months in Greece working for the UN in his forties. He changed so much his wife didn’t recognize him when she came to visit – he looked years younger. Others found themselves falling in love or having children they hadn’t expected. For others, a change was far less fortunate. But some were very lucky indeed and reached the top in their chosen field by virtue of a number of quite lucky breaks – I don’t mean they had not prepared well.

So what did I learn? Well, it does help to have a vision of the kind of life you want to lead and to know the kind of work you want to do and what you are good at. It helps, too, if you work at what you are good at, get better at doing it and show your enthusiasm. But, what matters most is to be open to possibilities and to be prepared to listen to your own heart and intuition.

I had always written poetry and articles but never anything longer than about 3,000 words, except for formal written reports at work. Then, out of the blue, about eight months ago, I had a dream. Yes, a real dream while I was asleep. And out of that dream came the idea and inspiration for a novel.  I could have just dismissed the idea, of course, because it didn’t fit in with my plans at that time. I didn’t; I went with the flow.

This week saw the publication of my first novel, The Wolf Project. I don’t know how successful it will be – as an author you live in hope. I can tell you how much I enjoyed writing it and how proud I am to have my name on the cover. It is a gift I never expected– an example of serendipity at play – I discovered I could write a novel.

You never know what surprises, and what opportunities, life has in store for you. So keep an open mind. Be prepared to be flexible and open to the possibilities. Who knows, serendipity may fly in your direction any day now, just as she did in mine. You may end up being just as grateful.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

The Wolf Project: A Novel From Wendy Smith

The Wolf Project

The Wolf Project A Novel From Wendy Smith

The Wolf ProjectThe Wolf Project – a heart warming story!

“Liz Morris had been a successful TV writer. Then her marriage broke up and she lost both her money and her confidence. Now, she has been asked by the formidable Annabel Meadows to help her husband, retiring American General, George “Jet” Meadows, write his autobiography. Liz doesn’t want the work but she does need the money. What she doesn’t know is that this project and meeting General Meadows will change her life forever.”

The Wolf Project shows age is no barrier to falling in love but its complications will pull at your heart strings. See how just one decision can change your life forever. For Liz, the journey leads her to London, Washington and Paris but what is it taking her towards?

Wendy Smith (Wendy Mason until her recent marriage) is career, life and business coach, as well being a writer and poet. She grew up in Walsall in the West Midlands in the UK. But she now lives in South East London.Wendy trained as a nurse at the Royal Free Hospital, London. Before working as a writer and coach, she had a management career in the UK Civil Service and worked as an independent consultant with organisations like the BBC.

 

The Wolf Project: A New Novel From Wendy Mason

The Wolf Project

A new Novel From Wendy Mason

The Wolf Project Front Cover

“Liz Morris had been a successful TV writer. Then her marriage broke up and she lost both her money and her confidence. Now, she has been asked by the formidable Annabel Meadows to help her husband, retiring American General, George “Jet” Meadows, write his autobiography. Liz doesn’t want the work but she does need the money. What she doesn’t know is that this project and meeting General Meadows will change her life forever.”

Coming shortly – regular updates will be on The Wolf Project page

Wendy Mason is a Career and Life Coach and Writer and she is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She lives in London, England with partner, Owen. As a coach, Wendy helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. This is her first novel.