For anyone who dedicates time to something "optional" like a blog, it sure is nice to know that you're noticed ... and even better, that you're missed.
Thank you to the many readers who have sent me a nudge in some sort or another wondering, "What is up? Why haven't you been blogging lately?"
The reason, on return from vacation, I've been slammed -- and one of the projects happens to have a lot of writing that goes along with it: our 2011 FORTUNE Best Places to Work For submission.
I'm finding that editing these 20 or so essays is a bit like doing a massive performance evaluation. You get to reflect on your current work -- and on your improvement over the past year. And you get to laugh at how pedestrian your work was a year ago!
I also bit off a bit more than I likely should have when it came to external engagements. I found myself in Atlanta doing a couple of presentations (full houses) at the Linkage Conference -- title "Leading Inclusively -- A case study of a 21st Century model." The reaction from the audience blew me away, literally. I actually used the word "exhausted" for the first time in print (Tweet) to express how I was feeling. Major-wager companies were lined up to hear more about EMC's 2.0 journey with its workforce, eager to give the model a go at their own companies, and at the same time apprehensive on how, and if, it could even happen "at a company like __(your company name goes here!)___."
EMC was the big sponsor at the Simmons Women's Leadership Conference last week -- I felt compelled to be there, and was happy to be part of it. Nearly 500 women from EMC were there, looking to connect and gain insights.
Earlier this week, my colleague and I paid a visit to a large customer of EMC's -- a FORTUNE 100 company to cover the same 2.0 subject to a group doing a "mission, vision" imagineering-type off-site for the year 2020. It went well. The company has invited us back to present to its Board of Directors. WOW.
For EMC, there is no money -- "only" sharing and mentoring -- to be made from telling this story of this transformation in latitude and attitude we're blazing. But, boy, is there a market for this story. So many companies want to see the path of the journey, and get help pulling it off.
COUNTING CROWS and POWERLUNCH!
Today, I am preparing for the next round of external activity -- our big customer/partner/IT ecosystem who-ha, EMCWorld, starts this Sunday. It will kick off with a Counting Crows concert (happy Mother's Day IT fans!), and runs through Weds. You'll be hearing from me via Tweets -- and on Tuesday they're broadcasting a live women's PowerLunch, where I'll join EMC's Chief Sustainability powerhouse Kathrin Winkler and Social Media-meets-Education "Doctor" Gina Minks for an on-air interview. There, we're also doing our own filming, of customers sharing their milestone moments ... that career aha moment when it hit them on what they wanted to do when they grew up.
Reminder to self and all: I'm hiring! I'm looking for a 2.0 savvy administrative right hand, as well as an Employment Brand Manager. I'm in that terrible pickle of needing help, and not having much time to find -- or even post about it!
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Is your May shaping up to be busy as well? The people in the halls at EMC seem to have the look of a kid at that really scary part of a roller coaster ride. There is so much to do, people's stomachs are sort of in their mouths. Sorry for the gross-out. My pal Stu recently tweeted a YouTube clip that joked about the volume -- on a knob that stops at 10, people here are running at 11.
And oddly enough, that's what we love. Having so much on the plate, so much on the mind ... you can't even write about the new new good stuff -- HELLO! like EMC hiring Michael Capellas .... whoa. MAJOR talent. Career CEO ... joining EMC ... the sizzling spot in IT (?)! [RE: Sizzing? Goldman Sachs published a new CIO buyers survey today. They said the "new world" companies are rising -- such as EMC and VMware!]
PHOTO: Michael Capellas, EMC's newest Exec. (Former Compaq CEO, MCI CEO, First Data CEO)
I mean, think about it -- here is a guy who presumably can make any choice in life he wants, including golf and beach. And yet, he chooses to run a joint venture for EMC and Cisco.
Remember this shot? The guy thinks big.