This week’s update is going to be a bit more personal.
The reason why I haven’t been able to release as many articles in the last few weeks is quite simple.
Over the past month, I have moved to Sydney, Australia with my lovely girlfriend. I have taken a job with Deloitte’s Strategy Consulting division, who brought me on to help take their client-facing innovation propositions to the next level.
I am thrilled to be back amongst such smart and driven colleagues while also being able to bring new insights and thought leadership around innovation management to a much wider pool of clients. In many ways it truly is a match made in heaven.
It has involved moving almost literally half-way around the world, across 9 time-zones.
But Sydney is an amazing city with a fantastic vibe.
And the view from the commute to work isn’t half-bad either…
It wasn’t an easy decision moving from London, where I’ve spent the last 12 years of my life. But it was a combination of push and pull factors that ultimately made it the right decision.
While London will always be dear to my heart, it has changed in the past few years, and not always for the better. Brexit brought out some of the hostility which has been bubbling below the surface for a while for foreigners like me. And at the same time, it doesn’t feel as safe as it used to. When there was a terrorist incident in London Bridge a few months back, I was in the area with my girlfriend and some friends. It was a scary, uncertain time which unfortunately no longer feels out of place with what has happened over the past year.
At the same time, Australia feels like the perfect next step. Business is booming, and there is a real demand for people with value to add around improving innovation performance. Now as part of a company with the scale of Deloitte, I can make a difference at a greater scale than I could ever have done before, with a core focus on innovation to boot. Plus, the lifestyle, weather, and friendliness of the people have already made us feel like we made the right choice.
This also means that as of now, I will no longer be providing one-on-one client consulting engagements.
But don’t you worry.
This won’t affect Idea to Value or the quality of the insights I’ll be continuing to share with you all.
I’m going to continue building Idea to Value, with expert, evidence-based insights, and training on creativity and innovation found nowhere else on the internet. In order to do this, I am going to focus on providing more detailed articles with tips you can use immediately.
Add to that regular new podcasts, interviews, videos and training courses and it is still my ambition to make this the internet’s go-to resource for people like you.
So come join me on this exciting next chapter.
All the best,
P.S. If there is one downside to moving, it’s that we will still be waiting for all of our possessions to catch up with us while they are being shipped over here. I guess 3 months isn’t that long though…
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