In 2003, I started my consulting firm, My CFO Partner. I enjoyed working with clients, but I didn't know how to find new opportunities.
In 2006, I joined a national CFO consulting firm. I was partner #60. The training and comraderie among the other partners was second to none. I began to increase my circle of influence and have met fantastic people along the way.
A side benefit of building my practice was the "Do Over" I had as a parent. In 2006, I had five children ages 9 to 20. I had missed a lot of time with my older children because I was always working so much. Work kept me away from home and I regret not being there because they grew up so fast!
But with three under 13, I had my first big "Do Over". It's always important to learn from our experiences, so I made an extra effort to make the last three children a bigger priority over work. I still had to work a lot, but I could schedule my work AROUND my children. I made a commitment to schedule their events on my calendar first and schedule everything else around them.
Now my youngest is 18 and in college. It was better for the kids and it was better for me that I got to be there for the big events.
Life is giving me another big "Do Over". After almost ten years, I have left my large CFO consulting firm (which had grown to over 200 partners) and am again serving clients from my own tent at My CFO Partner.
But this time, with experience gained over the last decade, I am comfortable finding new opportunities. I can focus on what I really enjoy doing and I have a large network of trusted friends on whom I can draw when a client's needs are not in my wheel house.
I'm excited for the opportunity to focus on my specialty of understanding data and helping business owners capture enough data to help them make strategic decisions. These strategic decisions (and monitoring their progress) helps us build enterprise value. In a way, I'm helping companies with their "Do Over".