25 years.

25 years.
1/4 century.
That’s how long I’ve been in software consulting.

Boy, that makes me feel old.
On the other hand, I think it has accelerated so much learning and growth both personal and careerwise, that would otherwise have taken much longer.

It’s not for everyone though, because burnout and jaded cynicism can also come quickly.
As can stress ulcers, and other physical toll from long hours travelling, and working, means we are neglecting ourselves.

There are not very many of my peers who are still in the consulting game.

Apart from being continually totally buzzed by the variety of projects I have had the priviledge of working on, how have I managed to stay this long in the game?

For me, a big part of it is the sheer luck of being part of an amazing team led by Mr Bossman – Jeremy Ward.

The importance of setting an example, so you know what high standards mean. He showed me:
– how you lead a team.
– what integrity means.
– how you create growth and connection
– what a healthy business relationship looks like
– what a successful team should feel like
– and what a successful project looks like

I know I am not the only one.

When you know how things _ought_ to be, you can make corrections.

Otherwise, people tend to accept status quo of toxicity or mediocrity, or even incompetence.

“Big projects fail all the time.”
“Egos and narcisissts run the show, just accept it.”
“Empire building and hidden agenda – that’s going to kill the project.”
“Project’s tanking, but let’s shut up about the issues and keep our jobs for as long as possible.”

Curse you, Mr Bossman, for setting such a high bar that I am constantly dis-satisfied whenever people/situations fall short!

That said, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
Thank you. For being you.


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