I've always found it extremely bittersweet to leave any job, no matter what my experience was there, and in this case I left a job that most days I really loved.
But I left because it is time for something new.
For a while now, I've wanted to do management consulting full-time. Hiring, firing, performance coaching and assessment, role development, training, creating measurable objectives, identifying and solving problems, helping people manage up, reexamining core beliefs and attitudes that are getting in the way of doing the above well -- I know how to do it, and I have a weird, weird love of helping other people learn to do it well.
I have no idea if I can support myself this way, but I'm going to find out.
That means that I am officially open for business as a consultant. Email me if you're interested in working on something together.
P.S. If you're wondering why I'm still doing phone interviews, like I wrote about last week, and you're worrying that I have some sort of compulsion that makes me do them in my spare time -- don't worry. These were my first consulting work. Hurrah! Now bring me more.