It's time for a change
I'm tired of that same ol same
The same ol words the same ol lines
The same ol tricks and the same ol rhymes
Days precious days
Roll in and out like waves
I got boards to bend I got planks to nail
I got charts to make I got seas to sail
From Guy Clark's "Boats To Build"
Great tune there...covered by Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson and Jerry Jeff Walker. Great description of my perspective these days.
Been thinking quite a bit about the things I'm passionate about: helping customers - being more of a trusted adviser than an IT consultant, bringing good people together and watching good things happen, adding value from the edges of a project, building great products - especially great products that make other products better.
My passion for the things I've been doing...things that are actually pretty similar to the ones listed above, but not quite the same...well, that passion and energy has really waned over the past six months or so. Not really anybody's fault. It's just that things and people change. I'm no different.
So it's time for a change. I'm leaving Innowave, a company full of very talented people I've come to love. It's that love and respect for the people at Innowave that helped motivate me to leave. Continuing when I don't have passion or energy for the work is unfair to both Innowave and me. I'm honored to have work with such smart and special people, but it's time to move on. I wish Innowave nothing but success. They're a talented crew and they'll do just fine without me.
What am I doing next? To be honest, I didn't know until recently. I just knew things had to change. Now I know the answer to that question and I'm excited about it, but it's probably not appropriate to say anything yet. Suffice it to say that I'll still be up to my neck in Oracle applications and technology...got boats to build. We'll talk about it in a few days.
So why am I sharing this story here? In the hopes that it will help out others in the same situation. Sometimes good people and good teams can grow in different directions. Recognize it rather than fight it when it happens and do something about it!