Sunday, 15 July 2007
I was doing some tidying up today and found the above badge - it dates from a conference I went to in New Zealand in 2004.
One Team, One Vision.
Not so; I jumped overboard about nine months later because there were serious divergences between their values and my values. (Historical background: I was one of three partners who owned a laboratory in Melbourne and who sold our company to a NZ company and then stayed on as managers. I jumped, one was pushed and one remains.)
Cognitive dissonance is the psychologist's phrase for it. I believed in treating clients one way, the company believed in treating clients a different way. Mental conflict. It can only be resolved by either adopting the company's philosophy or by bidding them adieu.
I bid them adieu. Two years ago today.
It has gone incredibly quickly and remarkably slowly. Quickly because it seems that I have reached here in no time at all, slowly because when I look at everything that I have done it seems like ages since I left the company.
Two years ago we went out and had some nice steak to celebrate.
Tonight I am cooking some nice steak to celebrate. And having a good red.