Well, after 12 exciting years with nGenera Corp (and with The Concours Group which was acquired by nGenera 2 years ago) I have decided to change my lifestyle/workstyle and get off the frequent flyer treadmill. I will continue to be affiliated with nGenera (working with them on multi-company research, executive education and limited consulting assignments) but will build a more “2.0” based business – leveraging the tools and technologies my clients have been learning to exploit, and no longer climbing on airplanes almost every week of the year!
The Nightmare of Frequent Travel
There are many reasons for my taking a shift in path after all these years, but one major reason is air travel. It was never much fun, but since 9/11 has become intolerable. With over 5 million miles under my belt, I feel qualified and justified in uttering the immortal words from the 1976 movie, Network, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!” (BTW, in writing this post, I viewed the YouTube clip from the movie – considering it is 33 years old, it seems remarkably timely!)
It’s not just the hassle and time wasted going through the indignities of TSA security. It’s not just the incredible discomfort of the typical US domestic flight on a major airline (as an Atlanta resident, most of my travel is on Delta). It’s the frequent delays and stress all this causes. And I resent the high (and increasing) travel costs I have to pass on to my clients. None of us win in this scenario (and looking at the financial health of the major airlines, they aren’t winning, either!)
Consulting From Home
I believe there is a potential win:win (for my clients, for me, for my family) in leveraging high speed Internet, video and web conferencing, social networking, and moving to a more electronically enabled client advice and counsel model. I also believe this will provide more time for me to write (which I enjoy) and digitize at least some of what I’ve learned over the last 35 years in a form that is readily leveraged by the IT community.
Many people have asked that I turn the “meat” of the last 2 years of blogging into an eBook, so I plan to do just that. And I have other ideas that I will percolate over the next couple of months.
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