Jimmy Buffett penned a great song after his native Gulf Coast had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Like most Buffett ballads, it has a memorable tune and great lyrics. But one doesn’t need to go further than the title to find the full message — Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On. Jimmy’s sage advice to Katrina victims was collect yourself and move forward.
I don’t mean to compare my lot with the suffering of those caught in Katrina’s path, but I am experiencing a setback that reminds me of Buffett’s song.
I have been laid off by IBM after 4+ years with the company. Today is my final one as an employee of Big Blue.
I won’t go into the circumstances of my employment termination here, because I think it isn’t appropriate to discuss such things in public. I certainly wouldn’t use this medium to rant against IBM for any reason. I’m simply sharing the news of my layoff so I can begin to move forward, hopefully with your moral and active support. Breathe in, breathe out, move on…
I have been a thought leader, researcher, consultant, and educator in the domains of collaboration and knowledge management for the last 10 years. I would like to continue to work in that realm, as my passion is helping people connect with others so they can do whatever they do more efficiently and effectively. While I’m not sure what my next role in this ever-evolving space will be, I do know that I have no interest in working under a body shop consulting model — ever again!
As I move on, I will appreciate receiving any information about relevant job openings and business opportunities that you can pass my way. You may contact me at any of the following:
Thanks in advance for your assistance while I’m seeking employment. I will, of course, continue blogging, twittering, and otherwise making my views known on collaboration and a wide variety of other topics. I look forward to continuing our conversations both during this personal transition and after I’ve settled in a new job.