Today, I decided to take my own advice. In past posts, I’ve encouraged readers to pursue their passions and opportunities will follow.
After a long corporate career and eight great years in the agency world, I made the difficult decision to leave Ketchum. Beginning this summer, I will hang up my own shingle in order to consult, teach, coach and write.
At several points during my career, I seriously considered branching out to do my own thing. But other great opportunities continued to emerge before the ink had a chance to dry on my new business cards. So, during my recent vacation, I was able to spend considerable time assessing what I truly want to do during the next phase of my career and life. The experience of writing this blog and my just-completed teaching gig at DePaul University also factored into my decision to take the leap at this time.
I’ll miss most aspects of my job as head of Ketchum’s Corporate Practice in North America, but I look forward to continuing to work with many of my talented and creative colleagues since Ketchum has indicated it wants to be one of my first clients. More details after I wrap up my Ketchum duties, but my goal is to consult with a select group of clients while continuing to teach and write this blog. Thank you for contributing to this amazing journey through your readership, guests posts, questions and comments. -Ron Culp