I am set in my ways to a certain extent but there still is plenty of room for growth.
I know what I’m good at and what I’m not good at. As I enter the second chapter in my life (into my 40s), I realize that over the years I’ve become very content to drop some of the things that I’m not good at.
I’ll never be good at baseball. I’m not going to be a stock trader on the New York Stock Exchange floor. I’m probably not going to learn the guitar beyond a few basic chords. I tend to be naturally introverted and that is quite okay.
Despite facing reality on a few aspects of my life, I haven’t quite given up entirely.
There are still a lot of things about myself that I want to improve upon. I want to explore new opportunities. I want to try new things. I’m passionate about quite a few things in my life but am always willing to discover more.
Early in my career I worked for a major global consulting firm and had the opportunity to work on some of the largest projects in the world for major brands and organizations in Canada, the United States, and France.
As my young family started taking shape, I stopped traveling and set off on my own as an independent consultant, focusing on clients in the Ottawa area. I worked for smaller organizations and government departments without the global prestige or cache associated with working for global brands and cutting-edge transformation initiatives.
Looking back though, no matter what I was working on, I realize that it’s the people that have made the biggest impression on my career and life outlook and has impacted how I approach new challenges and opportunities. My memories are formed around the interactions and comradery I’ve experienced amongst my colleagues, friends, life and professional teachers.
Even though I do think of myself as a self-started and often prefer to work independently, I have been inspired by people, mentored by people, challenged by people, struggled, stumbled and achieved with other people.
When I’m working with bright people that are inspiring and willing to collaborate, I’ve been the most successful, I’ve learned the most and have had the most fun.
It really has been the people that have made the biggest difference in my life. Without realizing it, I’ve been a part of certain tribes in my life and I have been a part of other peoples’ too.
I’m not sure exactly how this opportunity came about. It really was a series of coincidences and so in that regard, I suppose I found Tribe Leadership Consulting as much as it found me. Regardless of how I got here though, I’m honoured to take part and contribute to an organization that is dedicated to helping people better themselves and achieve what they set out to do – all while putting emphasis on something that I think is critical to success – being better and stronger together.
And so, as Tribe Leadership Consulting is gathering momentum, I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned in my personal and professional life with others and I’m certain that the future will hold some humbling learning experiences for me too.
Whether as a teacher or a student, Tribe people are here for each other on an incredible journey. As far as I’m concerned big and small step-takers are equally welcome.
At Tribe, we are excited to meet you. We are on the lookout for coaches, academics, entrepreneurs, and professionals from a variety of industries to collaborate and share ideas. Please feel free to check us out at www.tribelc.com and get in touch.
Michael Cho-Chu is a business and technology transformation consultant with specialized skills in project management, developing custom technology solutions, and providing operational business process improvement recommendations. His accomplishments and experiences span many industries, including roles with international businesses and government agencies. He holds a B.Sc.Sci (Eng.), M.Sc. (Eng.), IT Diploma, a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, and COBIT 5 IT management and governance certification.