The last 48 hours has been a living nightmare. Any ZDNet or GeekWire news story you read about Microsoft layoffs on Thursday were talking about my organization. While I can’t confirm any specifics, I will say that I hugged and said good bye to many wonderful, talented, hard working, intelligent people. My world has been turned upside down.
For the past two years, I had been managing nine of Microsoft’s most prestigious, technical communities to drive strategic convergence and adoption of best practices across the company. People kept saying “you’re one of the lucky ones” since I still have a job on Monday, but our work is now shrouded in uncertainty and long-tail risk, I won’t be waiting around. This is the end of a golden era in my life. As my emotion fluctuates between grief and motivation, the optimistic part of me recognizes that this is a big opportunity to write the next chapter.
So, friends, please send me job openings, sell me on a new business idea, give me life coaching, provide feedback on my resume, reconnect with me over coffee, or just come over and give me a back massage because I really need it.