I left my corporate job to take a selfie with a polar bear

And because, well,

  • 10 days vacation – unacceptable!
  • People nagging – life’s too short...
  • Dull tasks – is it wine o’clock yet?
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But here’s what all that time in corporate taught me

Murphy’s law is real.  And not only will everything that can go wrong, go wrong eventually, it will also go wrong when you least expect it at the worst possible moment.

What if, instead of making money, tomorrow was all about:

  • Trying to cover for a team member who is suddenly out sick for a week.
  • Soothing clients whose personal information got hacked overnight.
  • Pleading with your internet company to please, please, please for the love of God restore your connection.
  • Having to explain to your kid why you can’t come to the their recital or game or spelling bee because there’s an issue at work (AGAIN).

Your business may normally run like clockwork but what about when a crisis takes you hostage?

Never fear your SWOT negotiator is here! (No that isn’t a typo…it fancy schmancy corporate speak meaning strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.)

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I’m Diane, a spreadsheet crazy, puzzle solving, systems nerd who writes client theme songs based on 80s fromage music.

I believe:

I believe:

  • Life should be an adventure.
  • Business should be fun.
  • Systems are sexy AF.
  • And spreadsheets can save your life or at least your sanity!

No matter how you run your business or how your track the numbers, I believe that hoping and wishing has never been a great strategy for avoiding issues.

So first we brainstorm, then we plan and finally we test so that when you hit a business bump in the road your What If shock absorbers are ready.

Got a feeling a What If might be lurking in the future?

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More about me including the polar bear selfie:

  • When I was ready to quit corporate, I booked a non-refundable hellish expensive bucket list trip to far north Canada to get cosy with the a polar bear so I couldn’t chicken out. Plans work people – but so does personal bribery!
  • What’s it like to work with me? When I was on my first woo woo retreat we did that strengths exercise where you ask three people to tell you honestly what they think you’re good at. My favourite answer was from a workmate that sums it up perfectly. He said, “ Diane knows her sh*t, gets sh*t done and doesn’t take sh*t.”
  • When I was living in Hong Kong, I had a spreadsheet (yes it was color coded) that planned out all the places I wanted to visit, when the good times were to go and what to see so I could immediately assess and jump on flight deals. At first, the people laughed at me and then they asked me for travel advice. My life is run on spreadsheets and post its!
  • I’m a first generation South African born and raised. Yes I can speak Afrikaans, no it’s not really strange that I look but don’t sound Irish (thanks mom) and no, my accent isn’t that strong (as I’ve since lived in the London, Hong Kong and Dublin) but it is still not Australian.
  • Do not tell me that you are planning a trip somewhere unless you want to be bombarded with things to do and places to stay. I have all the travel apps – and if you find one I don’t know about and love, we will have to be BFFs.
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