The Next Chapter

20050819-punk-blog-for-food.jpgI started the summer with a major upheaval in my professional life. Losing your job after so many years of employment is a shock and for many, in my demographic segment, finding a new job that provides the same income can be extremely challenging. Some end up like this guy, but since “positivity” is one of my top strengths, I approached the situation with minimal worries. A lyric from one of my favorite, obscure bands says:

“Take the spill, it will make you feel dizzy and then give you wings.”

It’s true. Over the last four months, I have built an incredible network of new friends and business associates in the Richmond, VA area. That’s Social Networking “old school” style and it has opened doors to many opportunities. I’m actively engaging in one or two of them and one has become the next step in my career.

Tomorrow will be my last unemployed Friday. On Monday, I start a new job as a retail consultant with IBM’s Global Business Services. It’s a role that’s going to take me places; lots of places. A great opportunity to work with and learn about different retail operations and hopefully help build better customer experiences for those clients.


7 comments so far

  1. Tim Siedell on

    Excellent! Congrats on the new gig.

  2. Rick Mahn on

    Congratulations Doug! It’s a good feeling to know that you’ve got a new direction in your career.

    I’m (hopefully) coming to a similar closing to the summer of 2007. I left a great position last spring to become an independent consultant – 5 mos. later, I’m working with pro recruiters to get back into a reliable position.

    Again, congratulations!

  3. philmang on

    Congrats doug! I get the feeling you’re going to bring a heck of a lot of value to that team. Good to hear it’s kicking in for you!

  4. Valeria Maltoni on


    Many congratulations. They are lucky to have you. Would you be able to stop by the Hotel where the conference is this week? I’d love to meet.

  5. Doug Fleener on

    Congratulations on the next chapter and joining us in the retail consulting ranks. Best of luck!


  6. Matt Dickman on

    Doug — I’m late to say it, but congratulations man! Can’t wait to see what’s to come.

  7. petbizop on

    For others less fortunate than Doug: Start your OWN business and you’ll never have to worry about beiing unemployed a day in your life.

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