I’ve written hundreds of blog posts over the years, but haven’t been writing regularly for some time.
However, I’m ready to start again. I have a series of posts ready to go to ensure that this isn’t just a new year’s resolution in October that will fade in time.
I have a few reasons why I stopped writing and why I’m starting again.
Over the last few years, I produced mostly technical pieces. These helped me with multiple presentations, while also allowing me to get a certain amount of work from new clients.
Over time, however, I came to realize that being brought in to solve a technical problem left me frustrated – because the technical problems often included people issues.
As I say with conviction, software doesn’t kill projects, people kill projects.
Because I was hired to solve a technical problem, I wasn’t positioned to solve the people problem.
But, I have solved people problems before – and I’ve found these to the most interesting and challenging part of my work.
Now that I have enough financial runway, I’m looking for clients who want to solve what I consider their larger systemic issues versus simply helping them get SQL to run faster or fix some financial statements.
Transitioning to a new business model
Because I’m still working everything out, writing (and reading) again is a key part of the “relaunch” process. I imagine I’ll be spending a lot of my time around software and technical issues, in particular around data (which is a hot button issue for most organizations).
My goal, however, is to give the detailed programming and database work to others so that I can focus on people, process, and project issues.
I can see three possible reasons people will hire me:
- Problem identification – You have a general organizational challenge. You’ve invested time and money and need to figure out what’s going wrong. We start with a two-day review on “People, process and project” to help you figure out where to go next.
- Project Coach – You have a project. It’s not going as well as you’d like. You want someone to guide, make suggestions, and help you work through tough spots.
- Project Manager – You have a major initiative going on which might have been caused by a merger or major growth. You need to get the project done – fast and efficiently.
Moving forward: Focusing on Adaptive challenges
Whatever I do, I want to emphasize the difference between adaptive and technical challenges, as originally developed by Ronald Heifetz in his book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World.
I’ve written another complete post about adaptive versus technical challenges, but briefly stated, when you have a technical problem, you can throw money at it and make it go away.
When you have an adaptive problem, you need to work on changing yourself and your organization. And that’s much tougher.
So, yes, I certainly want my clients’ money. But, I want it for long enough so that eventually they won’t need me, unless another major challenge comes along.
I hope you’ll find my thoughts and posts stimulating and worth your time. I welcome your feedback.
I’ll keep you updated when the service offerings are more set. But for now, I’m looking for interesting projects with smart people around technology.
More to come soon.