As I celebrate 20 years of BookEnds, it’s impossible to do so without acknowledging all of the people who helped us get here.
Some of you may have noticed that the past few years have been a time of significant change and growth for BookEnds. It was three years ago when
Coaches: The Critique Partners of Business Leaders
Just as writers have critique partners, business leaders need someone on their side to encourage, cajole, and tell us exactly what we need to hear. Andria Corso was my coach for two years and she did exactly all of that and more. She challenged me to think outside of myself, to push myself, and to be true to who I am and what I want BookEnds to be. She often told me what I needed to be told, even when I didn’t want to hear it.
Recently, Andria told me it was time to fly. That our time together had reached a natural end. Our relationship, while still precious to me, had moved beyond coaching to a wonderful friendship. And while I enjoyed our regular talks, she was right, I was doing what I needed to be doing all on my own.
It’s difficult when you reach the point where your support system no longer provides what you need. I’ve seen this with authors when I suggest they move on from a critique group or beta reader. The first thing I’m often told
In my case, I reached the point where I no longer needed Andria to push me for more. I was doing it all on my own. I had learned what I had signed on to learn. Now, it was time for me to take control on my own.
I will forever stay in touch with Andria. She has been an integral part of what I’ve built. We are friends and, it’s possible, someday I will need her help again. But staying would set me on a path to stagnancy. I would be doing the same things I’ve already done and sometimes, we need a little push to climb that next rung. I thank Andria for giving me that push.