2013 has been an interesting year for me, my New Year resolutions were split between personal and professional, but then something better happened. #NZLEAD happened. I stumbled across #LEAD1201 towards the end of last year which was run by Amanda; it was an online based leadership development pilot using Twitter and blogging. It didn’t go as well as she had hoped, but instead of giving up on the concept of developing professionally and connecting people online, we collaborated and thought of #NZLEAD. We commenced #NZLEAD in January 2013 and today, it is bigger than we could have hoped 9 months ago. #NZLEAD is now a company, we are undergoing planning and working together closely to build something we both love and are passionate about. Neither of us know much about GST, company TAX, or gosh, all the nitty-gritty things that come with business owning, but it is going to be an exciting challenge.

A few years ago I thought I would be in business maybe at the age of 40, at 24 I am now in business with Amanda and it has been an experience for both of us. #NZLEAD has made me look at how I want to grow as a professional and what I want to bring to the table to grow the business. I will be relying heavily on Amanda’s wisdom as she will be doing this full-time, but nevertheless, I will be putting all my spare time and brain power into developing it further alongside her. Being business partners brings you to a new relationship level with someone. You have to talk about money, sharing, planning, organising, it isn’t just about how you want to run things or what works for you, but what works for both of you as a team.

I trust Amanda 100%, I can talk to her about anything, no matter how hard it might be. Doesn’t mean I’m not nervous as hell about her reaction or how it might turn out, but in order for us to be successful, we have made our number 1 principle for #NZLEAD on being honest, no matter how hard it might be. Amanda and I are very different people, we have very different personalities and skills but I believe that is what makes us work very well together. I see us as Ying and Yang as business partners.

I wasn’t expecting #NZLEAD to happen, or for it to become a business. Also, I never expected to be so hard working and so motivated to succeed as I am now. Much of the motivation comes about because I want Amanda to succeed as well. It isn’t just about me anymore, but about both of us and what we want to create.

Moral of the story, in 2013, follow your passion and let your excitement and motivation guide you, it will take you to great places.

HR Workaholic!