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Old 01-07-2014, 06:23 AM   #81
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I worked on a 9 month consulting contract (VP Ops), and, near the end they appointed me interim CEO. That lasted for 6 months, but they kept me on in parallel for another 6 months. I used the time to rebuild my network in preparation for the next consulting assignment.

It was difficult for me to watch the new CEO screw up. I tried to suggest things but he was not listening. I considered going to the Board, but finally rejected the idea since it really did not matter to me. They had made the decision and had to live with the consequences. Such an action would have been above my pay grade.

(They lost a major account that I had fought successfully to save.)
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:52 PM   #82
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Well, I finally talked to the decision maker at the top of my chain this morning. He was complimentary and said that the goobersmoochers hobnobbed and decided that they could not make an attractive enough offer to me to keep me and it would probably be a bad idea to try. Unusually perceptive for this crew.

This afternoon my buddy and I called our major "client" to tell them that I would no longer be facing them in my current role. Our main contact is someone who I would hate to plan poker against him as I can never tell what he in thinking and true to form he gave no indication how he felt either way (although he was complimentary as well). Not 30 minutes later I got a LinkedIn invitation with one of the people I have been dealing with at this shop. Unfortunately for them, I cannot do anything for money with them for a year after employment ends. They would probably like to hire me and I would actually enjoy consulting with them.

Seems my remaining days will be drama free and light in duties.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:08 PM   #83
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Well, then I suspect you now finally feel like you are really going to retire Brewer, so congratulations for that! And to think it only took 14,423 posts in the Early Retirement forum for you to get there!

Once the dust settles you'll have to let us all know what it feels like to be free. Congratulations again!
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Seems my remaining days will be drama free and light in duties.
I'm happy for you, Brewer.

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Congratulations! You have been dreaming if this for a long time. I hope ER is everything you have hoped for.
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Very good outcome, Brewer. Looks like the road ahead is clear! Congratulations. Hope you enjoy the improved future that you have planned for yourself and your family.
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my remaining days will be drama free and light in duties.
Hey, drama is something you have to create for yourself!

Seriously, glad it worked out well for you. Welcome to the wonderful world of the perpetual weekend.
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Here is hoping for drama free and light duties last days. Enjoy your freedom, your family will love having you more available to them.
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Congratulations.

I did not get a counter offer but I did get (out of the blue) a layoff package for the same day I am retiring. It seems that megacorp (for whom I have worked just shy of three years), would rather pay me a severance package and then be able to eliminate a position rather than have me retire and leave an open position. Sure, give me a check for low 5 figures, six months of medical coverage and some other stuff for free.

I am too cheap to live but with that much found money I am buying a new lathe.
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Now that it is all settled, I am just exhausted. Taking DD to an orthodontist appointment then buggering off to the woods. I suspect I will be doing a lot of dozing at the base of a tree waiting for critters to show up rather than chasing them.
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I was in your situation with a govt agency years ago. It was exactly 11 months after I left an employer subject to their supervision contacted me. One year, to the day, I was back to work.

You can acknowledge your former relationship in a nice way and remind them (as if they didn't already know) that you are on ice for a year. Don't let your technical skills go stale. Whether or not you go back to work in the industry that knowledge will be of great use. I did consulting in my field for many years.
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Now that it is all settled, I am just exhausted. Taking DD to an orthodontist appointment then buggering off to the woods. I suspect I will be doing a lot of dozing at the base of a tree waiting for critters to show up rather than chasing them.
Congrats. It has been a long long road to get here. I'm glad the drama has ended and the relief can begin.
Enjoy the woods!
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I notice that a recruiter has already congratulated you on LinkedIn . . .
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I notice that a recruiter has already congratulated you on LinkedIn . . .
He is actually my godfather.
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Good luck Brewer. Are you going to celebrate with some colorado cannibis
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Good luck Brewer. Are you going to celebrate with some colorado cannibis
I feel like I just want to sleep for a week.
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Congratulations Brewer, and all the very best as you start a new phase of your life
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Congratulations Brewer! Get rested up and let the stress go and then move on with enjoying everything out there life has to offer.
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