Sonja is the manager for the Sales and Marketing Division, and today she is not in her office. Not even her secretary knows that, at this moment, she is having a very sobering conversation with her physician. Phrases like “risk of heart disease” and “high blood sugar”, etc. are hard to hear and not unexpected.
Sonja loves her job. Even with its pressure, she revels in the vibrancy of being a “player”. The ZOO is a terrific company with good benefits and her department employs some dynamic professionals. She is the leader of a great team! She loves the customers too and taking them to lunch and dinners, or hosting presentations with generous refreshments. The opthalmic products are stellar and she is given much support for her continuous growth in sales.
Sonja locks eyes with her physician as he strongly encourages her to eat better, exercise more, and to lose twenty pounds. As she drives back to her office she thinks about how she has arrived at this place. “Yes, I have gained weight. My clothes are two sizes bigger than they were three years ago. I don’t feel so good lately. I used to be so svelte, but that was when I had time to exercise or shop for good food. I LOVE what I do and I don’t want to change my lifestyle!” Sonja blames the state of her health on “no time”.
Later she cradles the phone in her hand, talking with a client, as she watches members of her team assemble in the conference room across the hall. Steve enters, dynamic and responsive, attracting clients with his charm and power, and only a bit of flirting. Next comes Donna with the beautiful arms – now SHE has time for muscle definition! Stephanie, strong and balanced, enters the room with new education packets. She is remarkable – creating an array of training and support possibilities that the clients love. And even with her busy family she finds time to exercise and brings in healthy meals for herself. “I need to spend some time with her, acknowledging her skill.” Sonja wonders if she could ask her team for support on her own health issues. Does she dare share this information today without looking weak?
At the end of the end of the departmental meeting, Sonja announces, “I have another item that I need your help with.” She shares her need to pay attention to her health and her lack of understanding on just how to do that. She is vulnerable, AND overwhelmed with her staff’s enthusiastic response. And that’s how the ZOO in the A.M. Club was formed – for her, for Sonja.
Delia created the schedule and defiantly made her boss swear to adherence. (That girl would advance herself to boss position if not watched!) Steve stepped up to facilitate all morning client meetings. Donna sponsored Sonja to her own fitness club, committing to meeting her there four days a week for various conditioning programs. Stephanie volunteered to create a meal-planning guide and bring in healthy snack packets like her own. And they ALL committed to keeping their boss accountable for her health advances!
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