Back to Where I Started: Interesting Projects with Smart People

About 20 years ago, I was the junior partner in a systems implementation firm. In the category of “I’d rather be lucky than smart,” we were purchased for a decent sum four weeks before the market crashed in 2000. Four weeks. It didn’t make me a Silicon Valley millionaire, but those funds put my financial life on a very stable footing.

The firm that bought us bought another eight small firms. The merger of lots of different cultures and egos didn’t go as smoothly as folks might have liked. Shocking, I know.

To my good fortune, I became the “director of special projects.” Any situation – from the data center, to the consulting practice, to marketing communications – that wasn’t working, I was given to fix. And I did pretty well. So much so that after about a year, I realized that I had fixed most of what I could and that I didn’t want to keep traveling around the country almost every week. So, I moved on.

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A Blog . . . and a Business . . . Relaunch

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.

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