I wonder how long it will take me to shed my “SAP consultant” skin and focus on this project that has nothing to do with software. I’ve been an SAP OCM & Training consultant since 1999, and prior to that, spent four years as a general OCM & Training consultant for other software programs. All in, it’s been 21 years since I’ve focused on anything but change as a result of software. This is definitely going to be a challenge.
Of course I’m also concerned about leaving the normal work life behind… My colleagues have been great about stepping up to make sure that my absence results in minimal impact. I’m so grateful for that. It also causes a tiny fear that everything will go so well without me, management could wonder if they need me. Sad truth but this blog is supposed to be honest and reflective.
Being outside of my 21-year world (wow, my consulting career is old enough to drink!) will be a great way for me to grow my perspective not just about the world, but also my work. When I ask questions now and design programs for customers, I know what they are likely to ask or need. For the sabbatical, I’m starting totally fresh. No clue where this will go, no past ideas or examples up my sleeves… So I’m hoping that I will bring back to SAP some new ways of approaching change, because this is sure going to be a big change for me. I’ll be my own experiment. Frankenfeldman.