In This Episode:
- How Co-Creating Inclusion founder Alethea Fitzpatrick navigated this year by focusing on what she could control and letting go of what she can’t
- How she took care of herself during troubling times, all while her business was taking off
- What operational adjustments she led the business through as they grew
- How she’s planning for next year with more uncertainty and growth on the horizon
It’s a bit cliche to say that entrepreneurs have control issues.
I mean, our drive for control over our time, our work, our creative output—it’s one of the reasons many of us ended up starting our own businesses in the first place!
Our control issues can have positive side effects. Needing to be in control can inspire you into resourcefulness, it can motivate you to learn new skills, it can help you find a sense of independence…
…but control issues, ultimately, harm us and our companies. Our control issues can hurt the people we work with and can stifle our creativity.
Trying to get or maintain control can hold our imaginations and wellbeing hostage.
adrienne maree brown writes in *emergent strategy, “*Many of us respond to change with fear, or see it as a crisis. Some of us anticipate change with an almost titillating sense of stress. We spend precious time thinking about what has changed that we didn’t choose or can’t control, and/or thinking ahead to future stress.”
Well, yes. That feels familiar.
This week, we’re continuing our series on leading yourself with Alethea Fitzpatrick, the founder of Co-Creating Inclusion—a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting practice.
Alethea told me that her go-to practice for navigating the twists & turns of this year has been focusing on what she can control and letting go of what she can’t.
As you might guess, Alethea’s consultancy has experienced massive growth this year—which has been its own challenge—while she also had to deal with pandemic life with 2 kids in New York City.
I’ve watched Alethea navigate big emotions, uncertain outcomes, and limited capacity and her openness & grace in the midst of oppression and violence has been astounding.
Now, let’s find out what works for Alethea Fitzpatrick.