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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. 

I'm out...


Sharlyn Lauby

Congrats Kris! Look forward to hearing more about your entrepreneurial adventures.

Jennifer McClure

Congrats on the move KD! I look forward to learning about what you'll be doing next.

HR Minion

Congrats and good luck!!! You'll kick ass no matter what you do. Does this mean more time to have coffee with me and April? :)


Good luck in your future endeavors, KD!

Crystal Peterson

Congrats on the move! Looking forward to hearing about all of your new adventures!

Steve Browne

Kris - This is phenomenal !! I know you'll do amazing things (like you already have).

Tim Sackett

KD -

I've always got an extra cold Diet Dew in the fridge and have been actually looking to put it on tap at HRU - so you can stop by and crash in a cube any time!


Benjamin McCall

"Tug to do my own thing. Check.
Leave a great job. Check.
Double-dip recession. Check.
What could go wrong?"

What could go wrong... everything... nothing! But you never know until you try right!

What seperates those who are brave from those that have fear? The will to TRY!

Wish you the best!

Jen Turi

Good for you Kris! And a valuable lesson for companies to mimic - to get trust, you've got to give it. Transparency and communication are where it's at. You will continue to support their employer brand because you were able to openly and honestly discuss your thoughts and plans. Best of luck to you!!


Wow -- that's big news. First Laurie R., now you: it's an entrepreneurial epidemic. Best wishes for good luck and continued success!

And here's a great resource for solo-flyers everywhere, if you haven't found it already:

Steve Boese

Be the ball Danny.

Chris Ferdinandi - Renegade HR

I vote David Bowie, only because it's more appropriate to what you're doing. Best of luck, KD!

R. J. Morris

Add me to the long list of people who are sure you are going to be wildly successful on your new ventures. Congratulations.

Alison Green / Ask a Manager


Congratulations! You will love it.


This is definitely a bittersweet moment for those of us at DAXKO. We will definitely miss having you as part of our team. I'm looking forward to hearing more about what's next for KD.

Frank Roche

Good one, Kris. Best of luck in your new (ad)venture. I'm always glad to see people following their bliss.

Here's a Hugh McLeod cartoon that I think symbolizes what you're doing:

Marge Musumeci

Wow Kris:

So excited, Kris. Might I suggest the Humpty Dance as your theme song?

Mark Stelzner

Welcome to the club Kris! I'm sure whatever you decide to pursue will be fantastic. It's the year of the HR-preneur. :)

Lisa Rosendahl

Congrats Kris - so exciting!

Holly MacDonald

The fact that you have so many well-wishers is a good indication that you've made a good decision and executed it well.

As a independent consultant, I can totally relate (although heading into my 3rd year of biz - the economy issue was not at play whenI made the decision, but boy I learned from it!).

Make sure you read the book the E-Myth - prepare for the fact that working in your business and on your business are two different things.

Best of luck and keep on blogging!

William Tincup

Kris, scratch that itch man... in two weeks, if yellow pustules appear... please seek professional medical attention...

Mike Carden

Exciting news Kris! Remember the first rule of the entrepreneur: You can't stear a ship that's not moving.

BTW what did Bowie mean when he said "I watch the ripples change their size but never leave the stream of warm impermanence"? I guess he was a coke head.


Best of luck to you, and I hope I have the opportunity to engage your services in the future!

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Best of luck, Kris. Being your own boss is like nothing else.



Marguerite Granat

Wishing you much success'll do great! Marguerite

Traci Deveau

Best wishes Kris! I can't wait to see your next success take shape. Cheers!


Best of luck. I know you will do well. I also left a great company (Blue Cross) to start my own business and I'm loving it.

Debbie Brown

Congratulations- I know you will be very successful!-

Chris Frede

Congratulations Kris!I am excited for whatever your next venture is. Best of luck and thank you for all the great guidance.

David Morris

You Da Man Kris! Follow your dream and the rest of us will be here to support you in any way!

Puma outlet

Love these other names! And alternative mix-in options! I have only ever heard it called Skippy and boy do we make it by the bucketful at all my Virginia college parties!!

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