I always coach people to get the hard news out in the first 10 seconds of any conversation, so here it is: I’m leaving DAXKO. Giving up the title, the perks, the fame...
Who's going to supply me with free Diet Mt. Dew now? Maybe I should have thought this through...
I kid. You’ve heard the expression, “it’s not you, it’s me”, right? Well, that’s very true in this case, and that was the title of the email I sent out to the rest of the company a couple of weeks back. In the time I’ve been at DAXKO, I’ve had fun, learned a lot and hopefully added some value along the way. My reason for leaving is pretty simple – I’ve been feeling the tug to do something purely entrepreneurial for over a year, and I’ve made the decision it’s time to do that. I’m not leaving to take another job, but to own my own thing. I’ve got interest in doing 2-3 things in the broader HR world/recruiting space, and I’ll be putting those plans together in the next couple of months. My plan is to take a two to three year run at getting a business off the ground.
I've talked openly with Dave Gray, our CEO, for months regarding what was on my mind. The fact that I was able to have those conversations, lead and close the search for my replacement before my final day (annoucement coming soon) and am open to coming back to teach at the DAXKO Leadership Academy tells you all you need to know about how I feel about the company. DAXKO's a great place.
Tug to do my own thing. Check.
Leave a great job. Check.
Double-dip recession. Check.
What could go wrong?
But you gotta do what you gotta do. It's up to me to make it happen. Cue the music.. ("Changes" seems an appropriate choice, but I'll leave it up to you whether it's 2Pac or David Bowie in the background. I vote 2Pac..)
I'll keep you posted on what's happening with the change. If you've ever wanted KD to work on something on behalf of your company, organization or you, now is a good great time to ask.