One of the most challenging positions to be in as an internal communicator is to be in the space somewhere between being in-house and being a consultant. In that space, one has to be deeply embedded and committed to moving one’s host organization forward, while at the same time, not being fully internal to one’s organization, and having to keep a close eye on the market.
Indeed, covering those bases while transplanting a family to a foreign country has put a damper on my blogging activities of late.
I am pleased to report, however, that after nearly two and a half years, I have been asked to join the staff of my current company, VimpelCom. My decision to say yes truly reflects “a change in terms.”
My role will be that of Senior Editor, continuing to work to create greater coherence and cohesion in a company that is the world’s seventh largest mobile operator, with more than 50,000 employees and 224 million customers in countries stretching from Italy to Bangladesh.
While I am cautioned by my German friends that “that which is temporary is permanent, and that which is permanent is temporary”, the change in status from resident alien to organizational citizen, and the ability to eliminate the initials “a.i.” are worth noting in their own right.
Now, I can get back to doing some blogging.