I cannot believe it has been almost 4 weeks since I last posted a blog. Ironically, it has perhaps been a period that is likely to have most impact on my life ahead!!
I guess it all began with the preparation for the 2 week trip in the first half of March-to USA and Canada-and so it was almost as if I had pulled down the shutters of my daily operations as the way I was used to.
The idea was to 'slow pedal' during the second half of February, tying up all loose ends of the tasks I had been attempting, as well as-planning for the trip, the places to visit, the people to be engaged with, ...and it actually amounted to 'emptying myself' so that I could receive all the inputs, energy, thoughts that would eventually help me refresh :-)!
Looking back, I think leaving the iPhone behind with my colleague in India, was one of the best decisions to have taken. One tends to become a slave of habits one has accumulated over time. And with a fancy tool like the one I had, I guess it wasn't too difficult to get seamlessly across emails, news and views from pod casts, opinions from the social networking sites such as Linked in, face book, and twitter, ...and ofcourse, keeping in sync with some blogs, newsletters n updates.
(I must confess that the decision was entirely driven by the telecom providers international roaming policy..especially for data transfer that is so obscenely priced, that I recall I paid over 20k for less than a week's usage in the UK in 2008!! The Matrix phone -that I used this time around for staying connected while abroad, at least as per the billing statement that I got last evening-is a steal!! Oh yes, Google talk was a boon too!!)
Be it New York, Memphis, Toronto, Washington DC that I spent the last fortnight in- and the numerous other cities I passed through (Charlotte, Chicago, Buffalo, Ottawa, Doha..) -it was just action packed-meeting different people from different walks of life-and consequently differing exposure, and equally varying motives and drivers! It was almost as if I had discovered my natural latent talent of observing others, analysing why one behaves as one does...
Once disconnected from the umbilical chord of the Internet and phone, it was back in the realm of personal interactions, live in flesh, building and nurturing relationships, listening, responding and reacting to emotions, thoughts and debates.
I am also conscious that it was after a long time, that I could indeed switch off-and relate to the changing dynamics around, and get inspired and influenced by each of the interactions I have had in all the above cities, the deliberations and the reflections thereof :-)!
Well, as you would notice, I have really not been able to articulate the learning's that I have picked up-but I am positive that there are going to be a lot of changes in the way I think I will be approaching life from now on. Please stay tuned in, as I hopefully metamorphose ..as a globally active recruiter and leverage collaborations to add value to my clients, colleagues, candidates and associates.
Potentially it means a lot of new exciting alliances, business models, ..and perhaps some that would evolve into new offerings that I could contribute to.
Phew, for one thing, I have got off the writers block-and this post would help me hit the ground as I land back in India..and back to overwhelming demands of the emails, phone calls, desperate deadlines, pending tasks, earnest promises, wilting resolutions, et al .