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.Â In that space, one has to be deeply embedded and committed to moving oneâ€™s host organization forward, while at the same time, not being fully internal to oneâ€™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.Â My decision to say yes truly reflects â€œa change in terms.â€
My role will be that of Senior Editor, continuing to work to create greater coherence and Â cohesion in a company that is the worldâ€™s seventh largest mobile operator, with more than 50,000 employees and 224 million customers in countries stretchingÂ from Italy to Bangladesh.
While I am cautioned by my German friends that â€œthat which is temporary is permanent, and that which is permanent is temporaryâ€, the change in status from resident alien to organizational citizen, and the ability to eliminate the initials â€œa.i.â€ are worth noting in their own right.