Hi, I'm Nicole.An Expert-Generalist.
An entrepreneur, a specialist in virtual support and ecourse implementation, and a socially conscious business owner who supports women to create greater work-life harmony.
Orit Gadiesh, chairman of Bain & Co, coined the term ‘Expert-Generalist‘ as:
“Someone who has the ability and curiosity to master and collect expertise in many different disciplines, industries, skills, capabilities, countries, and topics., etc. He or she can then, without necessarily even realizing it, but often by design: (1) Draw on that palette of diverse knowledge to recognize patterns and connect the dots across multiple areas and (2) drill deep to focus and perfect the thinking.”
Following a successful career as an Executive Assistant to C-Suite Execs, and then as a corporate Software Trainer, HR Development Manager, and Facilitator, I have been a driver in using technology to improve work efficiency and provide training.
When I arrived in Hong Kong in 2003, I wasn’t sure what path I would take – find a job in the corporate world and continue my L&D/HR career, begin a new career as a practitioner offering Soul Coaching® and Reiki Healing, or go with the flow and see what happens. I chose the latter.
My journey has been one of exploration and of finding myself… it wasn’t that I was lost, it was more about trying to settle into my new life – I had become a wife, taken my husband’s name and was living in a different country. I had moved to Hong Kong knowing it was a long term move and I didn’t know what my new life looked like.
The Exploring Phase
While I settled into my new life, I explored my options:
I worked with an Australian training company to re-develop their computer training manuals to align with the Australian Training Qualifications Framework.
I co-created two empowerment journals and companion CDs – Journal for the Modern Goddess and Journal for the Pregnant Goddess.
I taught business owners how to use their computer software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Illustrator. I also taught business owners the concepts of blogging for business and how to blog using free blogging software (that was when blogs weren’t integrated into a website).
I led an online book club as part of Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle’s online class studying Tolle’s book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. I was approached by Oprah’s team due to my active blogging about women’s empowerment.
Starting my Business
While teaching, I started to freelance as a Virtual Assistant and having enjoyed supporting the business owners I was working with, I decided to focus on this. I rebranded to Bauhinia Solutions, I became a Certified Online Business Manager™ (OBM) and spent the first couple of years learning the ropes.
I have developed Bauhinia into a boutique business support agency, and now lead a team of employees in Hong Kong and the UK. My team and I team have supported and driven growth remotely for more than 100 clients globally since 2007. If a client outgrows us, it means we’ve done our job – created the space for our client to grow their business, and they now need a full-time assistant.
My experiences, decades of personal and professional development, well-grounded confidence, and natural ability to conceptualise the bigger picture while sorting out operational details, enables me to lead clients through all stages of their business growth.
I’m currently on the board of The Women Entrepreneurs Network.
As a life-long learner, I hold a Bachelor of Adult Education, majoring in Human Resource Development, Diploma in Management, Certificate in Marketing, and Certificate in Small Business Enterprise. I’m a Certified Online Business Manager and have been studying with established, and successful business and digital marketing experts since 2008.
Nicole has an enormous amount of experience!
Nicole has been an instrumental part of my company for many years. From establishing our “online” catalog back in the late 1990′s and her vision with ecommerce trading, to facilitating our yearly team retreat.
It has been wonderful having someone from outside the company, provide their knowledge and resources. Nicole has an enormous amount of experience in all aspects of business… corporate, medium and small, and applies her knowledge and vision accordingly.
Vicky Solopotias, Managing Director, Yayme!