Dee Beckett, Director at Mosaic Business Growth
Helping MDs to implement the right growth strategies to improve results and achieve goals via one-to-one business coaching
I once had a hugely successful 25-year career in FTSE 100 companies in MD and sales director roles; then, one day, it hit me that my priorities were wrong…
The event that occurred, which made me realise I needed to spend more time with my son Nathan and daughter Alysha, was this: Alysha, who was five at the time, left me a note with a gift she’d made (a loom band bracelet). The note read: ‘I made this so you don’t forget about me’.
My career had become who I was, so this was a tough realisation to fully process. I went on to encounter many challenges – including an identity crisis – but when an opportunity arose to exit my role in 2016, I grabbed it. I believed I’d set up my own business straight away – allowing me to spend more time with my family – but I hit a brick wall. When I stopped working, I was exhausted beyond belief.
Further complicating matters, I had lots of FTSE 100 companies dangling huge carrots – practically throwing money at me to join them. I’ll admit it was hard to resist, with my identity crisis still ongoing, but I stuck to my guns to go self-employed so I could be there for the kids.
Slowly I recovered and, after discovering that many SMEs close down in their first five years, I set up Mosaic Business Growth in 2017 to help local businesses not only survive, but thrive.
In many instances, entrepreneurs have passion and expertise for what they do in abundance, but don’t possess the right knowledge for sustainable business growth. As a chartered accountant – coupled with my career experience – I help companies achieve significant financial results and greater confidence.
Alysha’s eight now and Nathan is 13. I still have her bracelet and my relationship with both of them is really strong. They occasionally ask me for expensive gifts, but when I explain that I’d have to go back to one of my big jobs to afford them, they quickly say no because they want things to stay as they are. Knowing that Nathan and Alysha value the importance of our bond over material possessions makes me extremely proud.