OK, Jon – here I am…

2017 was an — er, interesting year.

Among many changes in my life, and we can talk about those later, I made two big decisions: I left Twitter (voluntarily, and willingly) in October and I stopped writing in public (long story, not really voluntary, more like a sign of the times thing… KWIM).

I am not going back to Twitter, I don’t see the value I used to see there.  Neither professional or personal level.  Glad to discuss that more at a later date as well (and I will, promise).

I am going back to writing publicly.

I am not making commitments on length, style, or – as always – quality.  Definitely not in quality.

But I am finding myself increasingly wrestling with things I’d like to amplify and the current model (through internal writings for my clients) is not enough to change things.

Change things.  Interesting concept.

When I was being recruited by Gartner some 18 years ago or so, that was the basis for most of my communications with the recruiter.  I don’t remember her name, and I feel bad – I’d like her to take credit for what she shared – but I clearly remember what she cited as the top reason to become an analyst.  I was hesitant to interview for a position I did not understand well.  I had been an “analyst” for a different position for about 1-2 years by then, and I just did not have the experience and confidence in the position.

Granted, if you are an analyst with the Gartner name behind your own it’s very different – but, I did not know that at the time.

I was ready to become, once again, a consultant.  She said, if you want to change one client at the time, that’s a good job.  But if you want to change things – markets, perspectives, opinions, ideas — even the world – you have to be an analyst.

She was right.  I learned quickly at Gartner that it is possible to change markets and ideas, not so much the whole world – but you can affect small sub-versions of the world, that’s for darn skippy.

And, that’s why I am going back to writing publicly.  I want to go back to changing things.

Will I succeed? time will tell, but I will definitely try.

Stay tuned…

PS – the reason for the title of this post is this writing from Jon Reed, a good friend, and a great reporter, who called me out during his end-of-year awards at Diginomica (I was awarded the “come back snarkmaster, all is forgiven” award).  Thanks, Jon, you got me thinking about what I am trying to do again.  Much appreciated.

(Cross-posted @ thinkJar)

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Esteban Kolsky is the founder and principal of thinkJar, a Customer Strategy consulting and think tank organization helping vendors and user successfully become better, more open, and more collaborative organizations. More information about thinkJar

One response to “OK, Jon – here I am…”

  1. Naomi Bloom

    You have captured exactly why I stopped working with major corporations on their HR strategy and delivery system designs after ten very intense and successful years of happy clients and began working across the vendor community to embed my thinking about work, workers, and effective delivery system capabilities in a new generation (and now two to three generations depending on who’s counting) of HR software. Helping one company at a time was valuable, but embedding my ideas in generation after generation of HR tech has had much greater impact, has produced much more change that I could ever have achieved with one company at a time. So welcome back to sharing and embedding your thinking in the very fabric of an industry.