When people are remanded to their beds or their homes by a prolonged health crisis it can become a time of deep reflection, prompting a person to reevaluate assumptions that have formed the basis for many life and business decisions. As one moves away from a time of ill health and pain, back towards wellness, it is easy to forget what you said you would do differently and gallop back to business as usual.
The 6-step comeback plan outlined in Business from Bed will help the reader combat this normal tendency. Joan Friedlander (herself diagnosed with a chronic disease) outlines steps that are designed to help the reader successfully integrate their emotional, social and physical healing with the practical aspects of rebuilding their business or getting back to work. It is important to remain mindful and patient as you experience the normal ebb and flow of physical, mental and emotional recovery. The book will also assist with the practical and tactical aspects of rebuilding a business, or preparing to go back into the mainstream of the job market.
Preface; Prologue - From Healthy to Sick and Back Again - My Fourteen-year Comeback Story; 1. Introduction to the 6 Steps; 2. Step 1 - Beyond Survival - Rising from the Ashes; 3. Step 2 - Embrace the New Normal; 4. Step 3 - Ask for Help, Acknowledge Your Limitations; 5. Step 4 -Explore Alternate Business Models; 6. Step 5 - Slow Down, Don't Move too Fast; 7. Step 6 - Build Capacity, Organize for Success; 8. Share it Forward - The Follow up Stories; Epilogue - Yes You Can, Maybe Not as Fast as You Would Like; Additional Worksheets; Resources by Chapter
About the Author
Joan co-wrote, with Rosalind Joffe, Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! (Demos Health, 2008). Through the book Joan shared her experience with Crohn's disease, what it is like, and how it is possible to remain engaged with a career while dealing with the impact of significant health challenges. Joan is also the owner of Lifework Business Partners, an international coaching and training company established in 2000. She has personally coached over one hundred self-employed entrepreneurs and professionals in the workforce to improve their ability to achieve their business goals and enjoy their lives. Joan has spoken to audiences such as Pepperdine University, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO,) eWomen Network, Quiet Entrepreneurs, Association of Professional Consultants, coaching chapters of the International Coach Federation, Women in Business Investing in Success and Green America. She has also been a keynote speaker and breakout session presenter for several franchise companies: Showhomes, DigiKids, Bark Busters and Pet Butler. Since 2001 she has run teleclass programs for about 600 small businesses throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Australia and South Africa.