In the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship, the stories we tell aren't just reflections of personal growth and discovery. They're guideposts for others navigating similar paths, looking for inspiration, direction, or validation. My journey from the structured world of corporate healthcare to the innovative sphere of Fractional Integrator™ wasn't merely a career transition. It was a profound transformation that unlocked a new way to empower Visionary entrepreneurs and help them realize their dreams.
From adversity to opportunity, from uncertainty to revelation, this transformation has defined my path and how I connect with others in the business world. In sharing my story, I hope to offer a glimmer of possibility, insights, and inspiration to those who are grappling with their own journey, searching for their calling, and striving to make a tangible impact.
Join me as I recount the stages of my journey, shedding light on how a fateful economic downturn led me to embrace my true potential and how an unexpected revelation in Ohio unveiled my role as a Fractional Integrator™.
The Dawn of a New Beginning: Economic Recession Meets Entrepreneurial Vision
2008 was a year of challenges and turning points. As the world grappled with the economic recession, I faced my own upheaval – a job loss from a prominent healthcare company. But, as they say, when one door closes, another opens. This was when Violette Business Services, LLC, or "VBS", came into existence.
Standing amongst the 6.96 million brave souls who ventured into entrepreneurship, as the Business Journals noted, the start of my journey as a business owner was born from adversity. But even then, I could feel it was the start of something profound.
From Employee to Business Owner: The Evolution of Purpose and Role
Three decades as an employee had taught me a lot. Having served in operational and business management roles, scaling from small enterprises to massive corporations, I had a front-row seat to the intricacies of running a business. But here's the twist: I never saw myself as the quintessential Visionary entrepreneur. My strength was never in crafting a vision from scratch but in sculpting that vision into a tangible reality.
When I ventured into the world of solopreneurship, it wasn't without its uncertainties. How do you transfer decades of experience in traditional roles to a digital realm? In 2009, Tina Forsyth's "Becoming an Online Business Manager" was the beacon I needed. This path felt right. Even when faced with the challenge of funding the certification program she offered, I knew letting this opportunity slide would be regrettable. I was determined to infuse my innate skills into this modern frontier.
Years of embracing the Online Business Manager model honed my management and leadership acumen. And though I didn’t see it immediately, it set the stage for my eventual evolution toward serving Visionary entrepreneurs.
The Road to Becoming an Integrator™: The Power of "Rocket Fuel"
It was a journey to Ohio, initially for a client meeting, that unknowingly set me on a course to discover my calling. The transformative book, "Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business" by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters was suggested to me. But, little did I know its pages held the key to my next big professional chapter.
As I delved into "Rocket Fuel", it felt eerily familiar. Every narrative, every challenge, and every solution seemed to reflect the experiences I had encountered in the corporate healthcare world while working closely with CEOs. The book’s portrayal of Visionary entrepreneurs, teeming with ideas but often hitting ceilings, mirrored the struggles I had seen firsthand. These were the brilliant minds who needed the right counterpart to make their dreams actionable.
The moment of clarity came like a lightning strike. The more I read, the clearer it became that I identified deeply with the Integrator™ role. The characteristics, the capabilities, the challenges – they spoke to me on an intrinsic level. I realized that this role wasn’t just a business position; it was a bridge. The bridge that Visionary entrepreneurs often didn’t know they needed. The bridge that could convert their dreams into concrete actions and results. I wasn’t just reading about the Integrator™ – I was the Integrator™.
Bridging the Visionary's Dreams: The Role of an Integrator™
Diving deeper into the essence of the Integrator™, I recognized a reflection of my professional journey. The role isn't merely about operations and management. At its heart, an Integrator™ transforms vision into reality. While Visionaries have groundbreaking ideas, they often grapple with converting these abstract concepts into actionable plans. This is the crucible where the Integrator™ shines.
What Makes an Integrator™ Unique?
Realizing my alignment with the Integrator™ role was akin to finding a piece of a jigsaw puzzle that fits just right. The challenges Visionaries face in implementing their grand ideas, the feeling of being overwhelmed with the operational intricacies, and the desire for a guiding force to streamline processes – these were the issues I had unknowingly been addressing throughout my career.
As an Integrator™, I don't just offer operational expertise; I offer synergy. A synergy that allows Visionaries to continue dreaming big while ensuring those dreams are grounded in reality. It's a partnership, one where the Visionary sets the destination, and the Integrator™ charts the path, guiding the ship with a steady hand. And this, in its essence, is why the role of an Integrator™ resonated so deeply with me.
Embracing the Integrator™ Role: Today's Impact and Tomorrow's Vision
Having embraced the Integrator™ role, my work today is a tapestry of all that I've learned, loved, and lived. As a Fractional Integrator™, I've become the guidepost for Visionaries whose dreams reach for the skies and yet yearn for the structure and clarity to bring them to life.
With over 30 years of leadership experience and a commitment to continuous learning, I’ve evolved my practice as Violette Business Services, LLC to serve exclusively with EOS® focused companies who are already working with an EOS® Implementer or have graduated. My journey from corporate healthcare to solopreneurship, from exploring digital frontiers to becoming an Integrator™, has shaped my unique expertise in administration, operations, and people management.
What I offer is more than professional support; it's a partnership with integrity, growth, and service at its core. It's the bridge between the dream and reality, tailored for Visionaries already generating 7-figure sales, those considering a full-time Integrator™, or even in the process of recruiting one.
And I'm not just serving my clients; I'm living the EOS® life myself! My relentless pursuit of learning and growth has led me to communities and certifications, from Rocket Fuel Mastery Program to Female Integrator Mastermind, which further sharpen my skills as an Integrator™.
The Legacy of a Journey: Empowering Others
If you’re a Visionary reading this, know that my journey is a testament to the potential within you. I've seen the ceilings and broken through them; I've navigated the complexities and found the pathways. And now, I want to help you do the same.
To empower you further, I invite you to explore these resources:
A Call to Ignite Your Vision
From the inception of Violette Business Services, LLC. to embracing my calling as a Fractional Integrator™, my story is one of discovery, transformation, and empowerment. But my journey doesn't end with me; it extends to you, the Visionary entrepreneur with dreams that need shaping, guiding, and nurturing.
If you're currently running an EOS® focused business and you’re committed to changing lives and contributing positively to the world – I'd love to hear from you.
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