I’ve often thought about having a business partner, someone I could share the ups and downs of growing a business with, someone to explore new ideas with and someone who totally ‘got’ me and accepted me – the awesome, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Several times in the past I thought I had found a potential partner. Unfortunately I either scared them off (I can be quite intense when it comes to things I’m passionate about or things I want to do) or they were more into talking about what they wanted to do than actually taking any action. So, in the end, I just did what I wanted to do on my own and stopped looking for and thinking about finding a business partner.
It’s funny though, sometimes when you stop looking for something it shows up when you least expect it. That’s what happened to me. I didn’t find my new business partner, she found me. Actually, she asked me to be her partner because we actually found each other about three years ago online through a mutual contact.
I forget the exact date and how we exactly ended up talking to each other, but I do remember feeling amazed and in awe of the woman on the other end of the phone line.
I learned that she was a master coach, speaker, facilitator and an education and business consultant. She worked with secondary education school administrators and teachers, as well as corporate business and non-profit leaders. She specialized in helping people become more authentic leaders, teachers and learners both personally and professionally. She was also an expert at building learning communities and in teaching people how to create relational partnerships.
Then she went on to tell me a little more about her background.
She was an accomplished equestrian having been around horses since she was a little girl. On top of that, she had also trained horses and riders for national championship competitions for over 30 years…Olympic level competition (all I could think was WOW!).
She was also a former school teacher having taught students in grades 3rd, 6th, 8th and High School and she was an ordained minister.
We continued to trade details about our lives, our work and our personal life philosophies and at the end of the call I just gushed telling her how much she had amazed me.
Over the last three years we’ve gotten to know each other even better and we developed a strong friendship.
It’s been such a joy to meet and get to know such an accomplished, caring, intelligent, motivated and deeply spiritual woman. I’m still in awe of her, although I don’t gush as much as I did in the beginning.
So, who is my new partner, the inspiring woman I’ve been writing about?
Her name is LeeAnn Gibbs.
You can find her on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/leeann.gibbs
And you can visit her websites (although we will have a new website up in a few days to share what we are up to).
If you have the time, leave a comment below, say hi and welcome LeeAnn to The Dreaming Cafe.
You’ll be hearing more about her and will get to meet her very soon.