Friday 22 March 2013

Taking Time to Celebrate

What a party! The launch event was a tremendous success. It is difficult to describe how I felt seeing family, friends, former colleagues and new acquaintances together to celebrate the launch of Change with Confidence. It was overwhelming in a great way.

It looked like a 70's poster where celebrities and music icons from all eras are combined into one image. This was my celebrity poster and I was proud and honoured to have so many wonderful people be in my life.

I had first discussed my launch event with the Wiley team in August. When I asked for advice, in unison they said, "Keep it short, thank people for coming, get off the stage." It seemed like good advice, just like when speaking at a wedding. Got it.

I had thought a lot about what I would say in my speech. My goal was to thank everyone for their support. I also wanted to share what I had learned about myself and what I had realized about change management. On a lighter note, I also wanted to share some fun facts about the last two years. 

I don't know what happened, but my son Sam told me that I had talked for ten and a half minutes. It only seemed like four. What were the Wiley folks thinking?
Thanks to Mel Barnett for the photos

Before I knew it, two and a half hours had flown by. The caterers were cleaning up and Ben McNally, the owner of this amazing bookstore, was packing up with his daughter. It was a great night. 

Barb, Sam, Charlie and I went out for dinner to end of the night in a perfect way. The Earl's waitress even brought us a complimentary "book launch" family dessert, which we devoured.

It is important to take time to celebrate. This is not a strength of mine, but I am working on it. It allows you to thank those who have contributed to your accomplishments and strengthens you for your next challenge. Mine is marketing my book. With the support of my family and friends, I am ready to roar.

Thanks to everyone who attended my launch event!



  1. congrats phil, must be a wonderful you have begun by making changes in the way you celebrate :)

    1. Alka, this is true. I changed the way I celebrate by actually celebrating. It was a good feeling. Thank you for your note. Phil

  2. Phil, great job last night, Kudos to you and your team, I'm on chapter 4.
    Nice to see a cousin out front, running, and taking everyone along with you.
    Ken McGuire.

    1. Ken, it was so great to see you at the book launch.I appreciate you coming and hope Change with Confidence is of help in some way. Thanks. Phil

  3. sounds amazing Phil! Once again-massive congratulations!!!

    1. Hi Emanuel,

      Thank you for your note.I wish you could have been there. Next time it will be held in Zurich! I hope you are doing great. Phil