Moving On…

Well as a followup to my post from earlier in the year regarding my need for some changes in order to achieve a more healthly work / life balance, I decided to start about a month ago by announcing my intent to step down as President of INETA NorAm.  This was a very difficult decision for me that took a large amount of careful thought and consideration.  While I was very excited to be in the position I was in, enjoyed the people I was working with and was passionate about the new activities we were getting ready to launch, I had to make a very challenging choice to put my personal and business life first and walk away. 

INETA is a volunteer run community organization that requires a large amount of time from those that run it.  In many ways the role as President had turned into a second full time job for me and that was having an impact on my ability to spend time with family, pursue new opportunities and focus on other projects and activities.  So while the decision was not an easy one, I feel confident it was the right one for me at this point in my life.  I still completely respect and support what INETA is all about and look forward to working with them again in the future after I have had some time to refocus and regroup.

Over the past month, I have been working at transitioning my duties to other board members and today we elected Daniel Egan as my replacement.  Daniel is a fantastic leader and all around great guy.  He is extremely passionate about the community will do a wonderful job in his new role.  I couldn’t be happier for both him and the organization.

Does this mean I am giving up on the community?  Not at all!  In fact it just means that I will be more focused over the next while and have more time available for doing other things that I have not been able to do for quite a while such as blogging and writing.  In addition, I will have more time focus on SharePoint specific projects over the next while that Shane and I have had sitting on a shelf.  The fun is really only yet beginning.  :-)

Community Kit for SharePoint, Enhanced Blog Edition!

I have watched for months as this project developed, many people have put countless hours into making it a success. Awesome job to the team involved.

Official Release Announcement from SharePoint Team @ Microsoft:

http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/03/05/announcing-the-community-kit-for-sharepoint-enhanced-blog-edition-2-0-cks-ebe-final-release.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage

Off topic… A little “Peanuts” wisdom

It is very uncharacteristic of me to post items I’ve received in my inbox, but I’ll make an exception for this one: 

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the through, you’ll get the point.

·         Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

·         Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

·         Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

·         Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

·         Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

·         Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are not second -rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

·         List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

·         Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

·         Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

·         Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

·         Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.