Four and a half years ago, my virtual business was bursting at the seams, and I knew that I was ready to hire a full-time, in-person assistant.
After interviewing a few candidates, Sheila Sanders came through my door. She was warm, friendly, and passionate about her role as Executive Assistant. I hired her on the spot.
She jumped in with both feet, and learned an entire new way of doing business. I introduced her to the world of virtual coaching and clients all over the world, which I fondly call “Narnia.” She mastered new tools, and did an amazing job of supporting thousands of clients in group programs, live events and consulting engagements. Many of you were recipients of emails from Sheila, giving detailed instructions, or solving your technical challenges.
Because we worked side by side each day at an office, we also shared laughter and tears over many personal triumphs and challenges. She always maintained the utmost respect and confidentiality about the many things we talked about.
As we transitioned into a brand new location, emerging business model and way of doing business, she realized that she was ready for a new chapter of her body of work. So with much conversation and some mutual tears, we made a plan for her to go pursue her new dreams and adventures.
Today is Sheila’s last day.
As a lifelong career coach, I know that we always must honor our inner voice that tells us when it is time to move on.
Because our work is so deeply personal, it doesn’t mean that moving on is ever easy.
I want to take this moment to thank Sheila for her many years and many hours of dedication to my business.
Thank you for caring for my clients.
Thank you for caring for me and my family.
Thank you for being by my side in good times, and in bad times.
Thank you for honoring my most vulnerable moments.
Thank you for not killing me when I was writing my book.
Thank you for never rolling your eyes when I mimed at you that I needed coffee while on a marathon multi-hour coaching rotation.
Thank you for your unending enthusiasm for the mission of my business, and the well- being of my clients.
I know all of us will miss you, but we are forever grateful for the chapter of your life that you chose to share with us. We love you!
I know that many of you have developed a friendship with Sheila over the years, so if you want to send her off with a message, you can leave a comment on this post.
The best way to stay connected with her is on LinkedIn:
Don’t worry about getting support from my business, we have an interim plan, and no contact details have changed. You can always contact us at email@example.com.
Big thanks and big gratitude, Sheila!
As the Irish say:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.