Vicki Moore Gave Away Her Business and Found Moving to Europe Was Harder Than Expected

Vicki Moore Gave Away Her Business and Found Moving to Europe Was Harder Than Expected


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My guest for Episode #130 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Vicki Moore, joining us from Frankfurt, Germany.

Vicki is an entrepreneur, author, and coach, whose passion is finding ways to help people achieve big goals. She spent most of her career in corporate training and development, working with Fortune 500 clients. She founded a successful training agency in Los Angeles, which she ran for more than 10 years, before pursuing her dream of moving to Europe in 2015. She now lives in Germany and helps both teams and individuals confidently create their own path to success.

She’s the author of the Book: Life Beyond Should: Overcome Expectations & Create the Life You Want. Enter to win a signed copy by using the entry form further down on this page (or click here).

In today's episode, Vicki tells her “favorite mistake” story about getting divorced and giving away the business she had spent ten years building. How did this mistake lead to a better situation that she “couldn't have done otherwise”? Why was moving to Europe more difficult than Vicki expected and what did she learn from that?

We talk about that story and other topics including:

  • Moving to Europe, hadn’t factored in culture, biz culture, network, language… — a mistake to assume that
  • Tell us about the coaching work that you do… who do you work with? And where?
  • Do you help coach people through mistakes?
  • Overcoming expectations of what others think our life should look like
  • Best thing / worst thing about moving there?
  • Expectations – can be good or unfair expectations?

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"Ultimately, you have to make the decision that feels right for you. And then pursue the version of success that is your version of success."
"I just had to get saying, 'I don't know.' And that was really hard for me at first. Finally, I realized  there was a lot of power in saying, 'I don't know,' because I could learn so much. "
"The expectations of leadership have changed. Because it used to be that a powerful or strong leader was expected to have all the answers. Now there is a shift to a leader who is expected to encourage collaboration and participation."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.