Two big milestones in my life this year:
- turning 50
- leaving IBM
The first was automatic, and as I have been referring to myself as 50ish for a good while, was no big shock anyway. The second was a voluntary decision that ultimately took moments to make after considering it off and on for the last year or so. I have been with IBM for 11 years, and PricewaterhouseCoopers for a year before that. I had no plans to join IBM, but their purchase of the consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002 changed that.
I am deeply grateful to IBM for the opportunities I was given, the experience I have gained, the people I got to work with. Oddly, I do not think I naturally fit into large organisations, although that is where I have worked for the last few decades. I have always been a bit of a maverick, and that does not seem to have gone away. Naturally, IBM and I did not always agree. No one who agrees all the time could possibly make a good consultant as the very nature is to challenge the ways of doing and looking at things.
Not sure what the future holds. My wife is just about to qualify as a physiotherapist after three hard years in university and a year before that at college. Both of ours daughters, currently away at university coming to the end of their second years, are pretty self sufficient. I do not feel there are any restraints on us anymore. We can potentially go anywhere and do pretty much anything. Watch this space.