An interesting title you may be thinking, and one that I have changed several times while writing this post, but a comment from a Fench Canadian friend of mine and it has stuck in my mind. (I know French Canadian friend, go figure)
So for the past 4 weeks I have been on Garden leave from EMC after handing in my notice, I was shocked to be put on Garden leave due to the workload I had but apparently no choice given I was going to a competitor. Plenty of time to write this post and others you may be thinking but actually not really, I have had plenty to do and my wife can testify to that 🙂
So the immediate questions you may well be thinking:
– Why leave EMC?
– Where have I gone?
– Why is this post called “Returned Home”
In this post I will endeavour to answer the 3 points above but if you are reading to see if there is any juicy reason why I left then I am afraid you will be disappointed.
Why leave EMC?
When I first joined and had my interview for EMC, I was sold a vision of working on clients and helping with the bigger discussion and not just selling storage as anyone who knows me, knows I am not a storage guy, I am a vision and strategy guy. So the idea of doing that attracted me to EMC along with where I could see the company going; and while there I enjoyed having the vision and strategy discussions with clients. However there wasn’t enough of that and there was a lot of the storage discussion and this is a large part of why I left.
Where have I gone?
In a way I have returned to what I love doing and that is a role that allows me to have the broader discussion and vision and blue sky thinking that drives me and excites me. I always said that HP gave me that and in some ways maybe I shouldn’t have left but I learnt a great deal; not just knowledge but also about myself and my aims, but also about other people.
Why is this post called “Returned Home”?
When I told a friend of mine (the French Canadian) he said well you are coming home and actually it did feel that way when I accepted the role at HP, as I never left out of necessity and to be honest I regret having left when I did as I enjoyed it. There where things about my role that I wasn’t too keen on but you get that everywhere, some niggle. But the bottom line was I was happy and enjoyed my work and the company I worked for.
So this next chapter in my career is gonna be something I will throw myself into 110% and without a doubt as I do feel in a way I am returning home then this next phase at HP will be a lengthy one and enjoyable.
Just to finish I will still blog and if I do attend industry events I will certainly have posts from them also, and there may even be photos as in some of my other posts.