Dear Friends,
Retirement – Will I miss the self improvement opportunities and keeping busy?  No have that covered.  So what will I miss?   You of course.
Team work, that is what I will remember from my personal career.
  • At IBM we build effective, productive, fun teams quickly. Then we rip them down and start over. We are pretty good at it, and we make and keep friends along the way.
  • GE Information Services – Even after decades we have a Town Crier (of the email variety) who sends out updates every time there is news from the clan.
  • Tymshare/McAuto Medical Systems – Was a company of no more then 100 people.  After closing the doors in 1986 we still have well attended yearly reunions. PS the owner usually picks up the dinner bill, because he said the team made him what he is today.
  • Karate Family – Unfortunately I moved away from the tightest knit group of people I have ever worked with.
So you see I am not just leaving IBM, but leaving a profession.
As someone who tried to be a student of team dynamics I have taken stock of how the right chemistry makes powerful cohesive units for which it was a real privilege of be a part of.
This has been fun, but time to push on. Like the Farmers Insurance Commercial Says – We Know A Thing Or Two Because Weve Seen A Thing Or Two..
My career in a nutshell

AKA See Ya Suckers