2011 – A Reflection

For me, 2011 was a year of huge transition. I began the year with a company that wasn’t performing well and I was busy on a very intensive programme of personal and professional development. Of course, this proved to be very costly and if it wasn’t for the support of my wife and family, I wouldn’t have achieved half as much.


Now that 2011 is coming to an end I can afford myself the time to review and reflect on where I am now:


  • On paper, my business still made a loss but the loss was over 90% less than in the previous year. That’s a huge improvement as far as I am concerned and sets things up for me to move into profit in 2012.


  • I re-launched my company during the summer of 2011. InnoChan Solutions was born out of the lessons learned since setting up my first company and a Mentoring programme I attended. By the way in case you are wondering, InnoChan is a melding of ‘Innovation’ and ‘Change’. Since the re-launch, I have seen a much greater interest in what I do even to the point that my Mentor wants to use my services in 2012 on a number of programmes.


  • Since I first left the world of the employee in 2009, my main source of income has been in lecturing for a professional institute in Ireland on the topic of Supply Chain Management. A very encouraging fact with this was that I started with one subject in 2009. That increased to 4 in 2010 and I was offered another 2 for the current Academic year. Success after success.
  • I mentioned that I had set myself a very intensive programme of development. I set myself the target of completing a Masters degree in Coaching & NLP by the end of 2011 (seven months ahead of the scheduled date). I achieved this.
  • I completed a Higher Professional Skills course including a Diploma in Supervision (I set myself the target of getting the assignment for the diploma submitted before Christmas. I achieved this). I also completed trainer training in the iWAM EQ test and specialised training in micro-expression. It has really been a busy year.


All of this was achieved without external financing of any type (bank, government or state body) which proves that you can set up a business on your own without external support. It isn’t easy, but it is possible.


So what does 2012 hold for me?


The first 4 months will be very busy with lecturing and tutoring. I will also (hopefully) see some of the consultancy work that has been promised coming through. Add to that the fact that I will be running my very own Coach Training programme (starting in February 2012; check out the details on this site) and I have already secured some executive coaching/mentoring clients and 2012 is shaping up to be the best yet….


Ask me in 51 weeks…


P.S.┬áRemember, in spite of the economic situation or government actions around the world, YOU can make 2012 a great year. Let’s enjoy the ride!!