It has been almost a year since my last post. I can only say that I had a few reasons for this:
- I had nothing to write about.
- I wanted to work on listening/reading over telling everyone my POV.
- Twitter is a VERY seductive mistress for someone with writer’s block…Much to easy to send out a link with short comments over writing something of substance.
So, I am happy to report that I survived my first year as an independent consultant. It has been a very interesting experience that I recommend for anyone who needs a jolt back to life. When I first started, I had some really bad habits that I needed to break. Most notably: Communicating in a way that people understand. The most interesting difference for me was that there is no feedback net. I have always loved getting feedback from my peers and managers to improve my performance. As an independent, I found none of that and I felt myself go into a stall. I actually got hungry for someone to tell me how to improve myself. It is a very different experience to judged solely by the market and not having someone to say:
“Michael you need to be more/less ________.”
I came to the conclusion that I am going to have to give MYSELF a year-end review. I have been through this process many times and never really liked the incomplete criteria by which I was judged. In this regard, I researched some personality traits and skill sets that I would like to include in my year end assessment. Maybe in the future some of these may be included in the development profile of a 21st Century contributor. This is in no way complete, but I would like to get it out there…Without further ado, I give you my annual performance and development review:
If you know me and disagree with any of the information above, let me know! I would love to hear from you and it would also scratch my itch for feedback.
Thanks so much to Traits of Human Consciousness for providing an exhaustive list from which to select.
Finally, some shout-outs to the people who have played a role in my life over the last year (In no particular order…):
- Jim Davis for his incredibly open and honest communications with me. May your search for truth, love, and beauty be fruitful.
- Monica Anderson for showing me an entirely different perspective on how things really work in this reality. May our friendship continue and your ideas embraced.
- Scott Blumin for giving me a chance when no one else did. You are a sage among men and I am honored to know you. You have my respect and allegiance in everything we do.
- Lang Davison for listening to my crazy rants and helping me see the possibility of a divine construction in the workplace. May all of your endeavors be blessed and love be with you everywhere you go.
- Michael Massey for showing me that the Buddha is smiling for a reason. May the cosmic joke tickle you pink and let all those in your presence be consumed by the glorious laughter you have given me.
- David Foox for being a brother in dark times. May you receive as much joy from creation as you have given me in allowing me to participate in your wonderful journey.
- Bruce Kunkel for always confirming my beliefs with love, appreciation, and excitement. You, my friend, live the life of a true and uncompromising artist. May good fortune come to you and love be your guide.
- Jason Salzetti for setting me free. If I didn’t “get it” before, I am getting it now.
- Bernd Nernberger for participating in and promoting the crazy stuff we work on at Syntience. May your new year be filled with wonder and discovery!
- Geoff Brown for being there at the most unexpected times. May all of your plans come to fruition.
- Michael Marlaire for believing in me and never forgetting to send me my NASA invites and updates. I wish you health and happiness and I appreciate the joy you bring into every situation.
- Michael Kenny for teaching me valuable lessons about how the world works. You have touched my life in ways that you could not imagine. I wish you and your family the best in the coming year.
If you are not listed here, apologies! I will be sure to tell you how special you have made my year.
Happy New Year!!!!