Last Thursday I resigned from Proven Partners, the change and knowledge management consultancy I have been working for in the past years. Yesterday I informed my colleagues, so now I can announce it publicly as well.

In 2008 I will start working as an independent consultant. In January I will gradually hand over those activities that need to be handed over, and in February I will be my own man completely. Though I am sorry to leave Proven Partners behind I am eagerly looking forward to the new year.

I am looking forward to focus more on revamping knowledge work, innovation and learning with the aid of social media. I am looking forward to being able to work more closely together with tool companies to bring social software within the firewall. I am looking forward to be able to do more research. I am looking forward to being able to do more together with my international network. And above all I am looking forward to work more closely together with my wife Elmine. In the past few years we learned how great it is to work professionally together.

While preparing the step to become independent is not just exciting but also has been scary at times in the past few months, I am very pleased that already enough opportunities emerged in the past weeks to be certain that I have enough work throughout 2008. Next to that I will also continue working with my former colleagues at Proven Partners in several projects.
With Christmas nearly here, Elmine and I both will be celebrating, confident that we’ve taken an excellent decision.

21 reactions on “New Year, New Path

  1. Congratulations!
    What a nice way to combine the new year with choosing a new path in the future.
    Good luck, I have the confidence you won’t regret it.
    If I can be of any help to you, I’ll be glad to be.
    Best wishes, inne

  2. I think it’s a too big a smile on your face πŸ˜‰
    I’m sorry you’re leaving us, but i’m confident we’ll keep in touch. Hell, our networks are connected (through me πŸ™‚ )!

  3. Thanks guys!
    @Lee, Fred, it sure is exciting
    @Inne, Aldo, I bet we will find ways of working together in 2008! Looking forward to it.
    @Kars, glad to be joining the club (just wondering when my membership card will be arriving πŸ˜‰ )
    @Erno, in 2008 gaan we elkaar zeker zien. Fijne feestdagen!
    @Tom, it felt like a good moment to smile. πŸ˜‰ I am sure we will stay connected, as I am sure I will keep working with you guys.

  4. See you in 2008 (promise)

    It’s nearly weekend and I’m wrapping things up for Christmas holidays. The last few weeks were pretty emotional, leading up to Ton’s big decision to quit his current job, so I’m desperate for some days without work, phone and other…

  5. @Lilia, yes that would be a good blog topic!
    @Piers, Marco, thanks!
    @Martijn, it feels like a very big step just before you make it, and like a relatively small step immediately afterwards.
    Also, Roland Tanglao of Bryght/Raincity Studios in Vancouver blogged about my move. I hope we will be able to work on stuff together, Roland.

  6. Hey! sounds like exciting news!!!
    Congratulations! …and while we are at it, merry xmas and happy new year πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to read more about your own change process and yes, as Lilia said, it would be interesting to know about the challenges of the working couple.
    Again, all the best!

  7. Congrats on creating your own destiny, definately sounds exciting! But also very realistic to me.
    All the best for you and Elmine in 2008!

  8. Congrats! How many of us have made this move since Reboot earlier this year?! Looking forward to celebrating with you later this year in Copenhagen, if not before πŸ™‚

  9. @Bru, Rick, Stephan: thanks!
    @Andy, thanks for your kind words, I’m sure to be in touch
    @Ewan, thanks. It would be fun to see if we can do some stuff together, next to celebrating in Copenhagen.

  10. It is a bit late and already said many times, but congratulations. I think you made a right choice.
    Happy New Year for you and of course Elmine.

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