• Anne Royse

Watch How Mama Does it!

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

Saying Goodbye and Celebrating Friendship with some of my Aegis Family

"WHAT?! You're leaving Aegis?!? But I thought you loved it here! You bleed Aegis blue! You're a big part of the reason I joined the company! You can't go!"

That was a common refrain when I announced I would be leaving.

It's true. I did love it there. It was fun to build an internal leadership recruitment function for the company, and I so enjoyed the challenge of finding stellar talent from top luxury lifestyle companies around the world. Imagine reaching out to someone who opened a Four Seasons hotel, and pitching the idea of working in assisted living! I love a good challenge! And I love the people drawn to the meaningful work of caring for others.

But life threw me a curve ball. My dad had a massive heart attack and nearly died. As I sat by his bedside, listening to the doctor talk about various end of life scenarios; a million things labeled "work" were begging to be handled.

Timing has a way of getting your attention. That same week, I had messages from two big movers and shakers in the publishing world. They heard about the memoir I am working on and they were interested! A week later a third joined in. And a week after that, I was recruited for a role that would pay twice what I was making. Someone was trying to tell me something. I would be okay.

The nest is empty. And I'm taking my shot.

I'm a single parent.

My kids are leaving the nest.

Who says I can't stretch my wings

and fly, too?!

Watch how momma does it!

Nobody gets to the end of their life and says, "I'm sure glad I didn't take any chances."

But what about that dream you had your whole life? Did you ever even give it a shot?

Putting our stories together makes something beautiful.

As a recruiter with over 15 years of experience, I'm always looking for candidates with a good story about their career progression. My story this go around is that I hope my story is so good it becomes a New York Times Bestseller!

But you know what? Even if that doesn't happen, some day when I'm old and gray, I'll be glad for having taken a shot!


About the picture on the right:

The artwork behind me is made from hundreds of stories in newsprint. I'm holding many, many stories in the form of business cards of people I recruited to my last employer. When we weave our stories together, we make something beautiful.

Fun Fact: I have partnered with some of the best in the business and I am working on a couple of key searches as I launch my book. So don't be shocked if you get a recruiting call from me! Stay tuned for updates on LinkedIn.

Please join me in making something beautiful. Comment here, and/or join the conversation on any of the social media platforms at the very bottom of this page.

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