LinkedIn is good for a lot of things. Apparently one of them is to remind you know about significant events that you either didn’t remember or wouldn’t have thought were that significant anyway. Yesterday, LinkedIn reminded me that my company, Lifeline Strategies, is one year old.
At a Chinese restaurant that night, here is what my fortune cookie said:
The experts say the first year is the toughest one for every business. Studies show that something like 25 – 50% of new businesses fail in their first year, so I guess a one year anniversary is something worth celebrating.
When went out on my own last year, my goal was to take a lot of years experience in a lot of different environments and use that to help companies address the growing need for safety and competency management. Lifeline Strategies mission has been to help those companies organize, improve and execute management strategies that help them connect their policies, training and risk management into effective programs. So far, that approach has paid off.
This year, I have had the opportunity to work with a growing list of clients to create and improve:
- Safety management programs, especially for companies that need to meet customer SEMS requirements
- Commonsense skills, knowledge and training assessments for offshore workers
- Leadership skills for supervisors, managers and other offshore personnel
If there has been one thing that I have learned this year, it is that the most important thing that a new company needs to thrive is help from other people. Of course, that includes clients who pay for your services. But it also includes friends and even competitors who are free with their encouragement, advice and the occasional criticism (always constructive, of course).
So on this anniversary, let me simply say “Thank You” to all of the people who have been so generous with their support in the challenges and the joys of the past 12 months.