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On a Personal Note…

Mike Cottmeyer Chief Executive Officer
Reading: On a Personal Note…

For all intents and purposes LeadingAgile ‘the blog’ has been on hold while I’ve focused all my time on LeadingAgile ‘the company’. I knew all this was coming, but sometimes you just don’t have a sense of what it’s really going to be like until you start doing it. Launching LeadingAgile was like taking on three full time jobs. Between working with clients, trying to find new clients, and handling the finance, accounting, and legal stuff… it has been a busy year.

Early on it was fun and exciting, but also really stressful and time consuming. Looking back, I was pretty out of balance, but not in a totally unhealthy way. Covey talks about good stress and bad stress, and I think my work fell into the good stress category. I was fortunate to have enough work so finances weren’t an issue… but my schedule was non-stop trying to balance all the stuff competing for my time.

LeadingAgile passed the one year mark last month and the future is looking pretty bright. I’m in a great place right now, both personally and professionally. I’ve finally been able to get my diet under control and managed to drop 35 lbs. I’ve been able to prioritize getting into the gym a few times a week and overall feel pretty healthy. I’m finally comfortable having a day or so off every now and again, and don’t feel like I’ve got to sell every moment of my time.

With regard to blogging, there have been times over the past two years that I just didn’t have anything I really wanted to write about… or if I wanted to write about something, it wasn’t a topic good for LeadingAgile. This blog isn’t really about trying to spin up a consulting company or my struggles developing and managing an active sales pipeline… but for the most part, that’s what I was learning about and what was present of mind.

Over the past few months though, that has started to turn. I’m finding that my desire to write about agile related topics is on the rise. It’s kinda sad though… while I want to start writing again, things are so incredibly busy, it’s hard to find time to write. When I have time to write, it is hard to find the energy to write. When I’ve got the energy to write, sometimes I just don’t want to write. The good news is that I’m keeping a list ;-)

Anyway… I’m hopeful that over the next few months I’m able to get back into the groove of writing, not only here, but also on the book. There is a big part of me that misses the process of writing, and the engagement with you guys that comes from actively contributing to the community. Writing has been a very powerful tool to help me organize my thoughts over the past few years. Hopefully, I’ll muster up some self-discipline and get back into it.

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Comments (3)

  1. Agile Scout

    We need more Cottmeyer writing. You a guru man!

  2. Bob Williams

    aaah, balance is being restored to the force……


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