By: The Trio at Las Peregrinas
Two years after merging our three companies into one, Stella, Sarah, and I are often asked about how it “is” to be working together, each of us knowing our lanes, but inter-weaving our skills to create — and reach — our goals together.
Sometimes it’s hard to answer the questions because it’s just become Our Way – and it can be hard to put words to something that just feels…innate, somehow. It’s in our bones, now, so much so that it’s hard to recall ever doing business any other way!
This Way of Being and Doing in Business is so fundamental to Who We Are that it isn’t just the cornerstone of our business structure, it is also the philosophy that we take forward into our client work.
At Las Peregrinas, we believe that doing your work in the world is a journey that’s different for each one of us. But when we make that journey together, it frees us all to do our best work… from a place of rich collaboration, deep support, and wild creativity that simply isn’t available when you go it alone.
So we do things differently around here, and we all three of us show up to serve clients in our Advisory Council together.
Yeah…that’s right…you don’t just get one of us, you get all of us. And here’s why…
(Over to Sarah to talk about each of our lanes and why we stay in them and do our best work individually so that we can serve better as a collective)
If you take a peak at our website you will see exactly what each of us does.
“Rebecca specializes in anchoring folks in a clear-eyed understanding of which path is theirs for the taking. She’s got one foot in the land of the subtle and unseen, and the other foot firmly planted in the land of ruthless pragmatism. Oh, and she swears like a sailor, which makes us love her more.
Sarah is all action and no beating around the bush. A former intensive care unit nurse, if you look closely, you’ll see her continuing to run triage in her work with clients now. It’s in her bones. Sarah’s ears are tuned to the efficient and effective use of time, money, and effort, and which actions need to be taken in which order to get the result you want.
Stella is our resident word nerd. She writes copy and points out the stories everyone is living and telling through their work. She is also fun at parties.”
But there is more to this. In staying in our individual lanes we are able to lean on one and other and THAT is where the magic is. Like the old saying goes… We are better together. We can tackle large complex client work with ease because we are able to work collaboratively. When we work together, all boats rise.
Can I just say that both Rebecca and Sarah have used marketing copy that I wrote, so I’m feeling pretty darn good right now?
That’s the beauty of working this way. At first glance, it can look chaotic to make decisions by consensus, to work on one issue or challenge at a time (with focus and without rush), and to trust that no one person has all the answers, but that together, we’re smarter and wiser and more effective than any one person could ever be.
But once you get the hang of it, it’s the most marvelous thing in the world.
It’s marvelous because each of us gets to do the thing we’re built for. And then we also get access to other masters, who are great at the stuff that makes us go all ‘deer in the headlights.’ (Like me, trying to draft a marketing calendar. Or like me, being deeply useful when someone is in their feelings because their life is changing and their stuff is coming up. Neither one of these are my jam. But it’s Sarah’s! It’s Rebecca’s! Hallelujah!)
Many of our Advisory Council clients are speakers – not writers. They love it when I write for them. And I feel well used, as I apply my talent in a way I know will ripple out through them, and spread like wildflower seeds in all different industries and markets. I know that my writing is being felt and changing health care, corporate, families of children with special needs, entire school systems, the financial services industry, the ADHD community, and small business, to name a few. All because our clients decided to ask for – and let themselves receive and sink into – support for the stuff that’s not what they are absolutely best at.
When we work like this, it also lightens our load. It doesn’t mean there’s no longer hard work, but the camaraderie and sense of having people with you in the trenches makes it far less lonesome, more exhilarating, and way more effective. Most of us, when we worked alone, were doing far too much than one human being can sustainably do, anyway, which is why so many in our circles have health breakdowns, weird psychological stall outs, or atrophied personal lives.
We aren’t actually built to work alone. It’s a myth. Also: the laughter. Our client calls are serious business, but there’s a lot of laughing together. People who insist on working alone are missing out.
Curious about Advisory Council? Read the full details here: https://anitawattsconsulting.com/consulting-las-peregrinas/
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