Goodbye, ThoughtWorks – Hello, Worlds

Today is my last day with ThoughtWorks.

It feels strange to be leaving a job I love with the most amazing company in the world, at a time when I should rightly be thankful for having a job in the first place. So, let me explain why I’m going.

Remember this post, back in November? I decided to actually do some work on the novel which has been hanging around my head for some years. Remember all the follow-up posts in which I told you how I was getting on?

No, neither do I.

The truth is that my day-to-day work – coaching, development, and learning about how brilliant, technical people think – has been taking up huge amounts of my life, time and creativity. I have no regrets about the energy I’ve put into it; watching teams and individuals learn and grow, knowing that I’ve been part of that, gives me pride and hope for the world. Learning how to help them better, and having them teach me, is fun and uplifting. It’s also incredibly draining on my creative energy. Looking back, I’ve hardly written any haiku in the last six months, and I’ve had no poetry published in two years. Nor have I made much progress with the novel.

So I’m going to leave ThoughtWorks and strike out part-time as an independent consultant. (I’m ideally looking for about three days a week leading or helping with Agile transformations, and will be flexible.)

The rest of my time will be going into ongoing training and development – giving my brain the space it needs to learn properly, to create the workshops and training courses which will be most effective – and, of course, writing my book. Maybe more than one of them.

So, from one world to others. I’ll be spending the next month or so in the diverse company of Grey the cat, Susan, Susan’s chair-dragon, Pigeon, Koley, Aquila, the Lunivore and the dryad of Islington Green.

They’re wonderful to be with, but I’ll still miss you.

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7 Responses to Goodbye, ThoughtWorks – Hello, Worlds

  1. Mubbahir says:

    Good Luck!!
    Good Luck with the novel and good luck with part time consultant.
    We hope to see you more on this blog now 🙂

  2. Paladin says:

    It’s NOT been just another WordPress weblog. We’ve appreciated your insights! Best of luck in the future.

  3. liz says:

    Thanks. The blog will be continuing with a new theme (this one was more readable than the last) and hopefully more (meaningful) content!

  4. Kedar says:

    hi Liz

    Not sure if you would remember…but I used to work at ThoughtWorks in Bangalore and then in Pune. Was there when u were doing an immersion batch..

    Nice to read your plans for the future! all the best with the novel & the other things

    regards, Kedar

  5. carlo says:

    Hi Liz
    It must be fate: I have just undertaken the same scary step myself. Launching into a world where I make my own destiny as an independent consultant. Hopefully helping smaller teams and organisations find better ways of working.

    Best of luck and perhaps we can compare notes in the future



  6. Wish you all the best in this new phase of your life. Loved to speak to you that day on Skype, it was pretty cool. It’s a pity that we didn’t have a chance to work in a project together!


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