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Emerging From The Cave

Tiki Tom

For a bit over a year I have been hiding in the bowels of a very large bank. The idea was to have a job to go to but not one that entailed much responsibility. No serious intellectual challenges, no P&L, no direct reports. I wanted to go to an office everyday just like millions of wage slaves do but not have all the old responsibilities.

I got that… in spades.

There were some things that I learned. I got to experience an Agile environment from the inside. Not just the the theory of Agile, like so many pundits, consultants, and industry analysts do, but Agile in practice and at scale. I had the opportunity to work in an open office plan, something I hadn’t experienced before and would like to avoid in the future. Along the way I met some really great, funny, good-hearted people. Unfortunately, I also met some people that were political to the core and just plain jerks.

One downside was less time for writing. My site was updated only sporadically and I thank my loyal readers for sticking with it. The monthly article I write for CMSWire wasn’t always monthly and I had less time to research new material.

Now, that has all come to an end. I have left the big bank and returned to the land of the living. No more hiding in the cave.

Over the course of the next few months I plan to… I actually have no plan. For the first time in my life I have no plan. I will research and write more but that’s not a future. I have 18 books on data science to read. That will take up some time. I think I have a book in me to write as well. Perhaps my only plan should be to come up with one or retire.

Or maybe, just maybe, throw the doors wide open and see what walks in. An open heart and an open mind may just reveal the true path.

ExecutiveIP Debuts On-line IP & Social Media Training

As many of you know I have more than a passing fancy with intellectual property (IP). Anyone who is in a creative or technical profession should as well since this is the lifeblood of what you do. In fact, IP is what we all do whether we write code or write market reports.

Getting up to speed on IP, while important, is a difficult chore for many of us better schooled in bits and bytes than in SLIP opinions and patent disclosures. Seminars are expensive and books are often written for lawyers not business people. A new company, founded by some friends and colleagues of mine, is trying to rectify this situation. Called ExecutiveIP, the company produces video learning modules on a variety of IP subjects starting with the basics.

I had the opportunity to work on the content for the IP and Social Media module and so ExecutiveIP has extended an offer to my network. You can get a 20% discount on the IP and Social media module, which you can find on the online store, if you use the code eipTP. This module, which features Tom Colson who is an IP attorney, talks to the risks that social media poses to safeguarding intellectual property and ways to behave in a more secure manner. Tom is an engaging speaker who knows how to speak to business people in a manner that is neither insulting or boring.

Now, I admit I have an interest in this module being successful since I helped create it. That’s not why I suggest it to my faithful readers though. Simply put: The subject is important to everyone, no matter what they do and some of what you will learn could help you keep your job and your company.