Job Transition Update #2

Thanks to so many who have inquired about how we’re doing with the transition to my independent consulting business. I’d like to provide a little update.

So far things are progressing far better than we would have initially thought. Navigant’s willingness to waive virtually all of my non-compete agreement helped me retain clients without any ethical concerns. They have even continued to refer clients to me as companies approach them about business continuity issues.

I have been able to build a network of about a dozen other independent consultants who can use each other on larger consulting projects. I think many of my opportunities will be higher end things that are very targeted to my skill sets, but it’s great to know that if clients ask me to do something that requires more intensity than a one person consulting firm can address I have teammates waiting in the wings.

I have had several great projects, including some clients who have already budgeted for my time again next year. The idea of repeat clients is really important to me so I’m not starting at zero income every single year. Some of the companies Ive worked for have already asked me to quote fees for phase 2/3 efforts. Even if only half of these are signed I will be a very busy camper.

Of course in all of this we are living in God’s grace. I like the term I heard the other day – “dependent responsibility”. We are always dependent on the Lord to ultimately care for us, but we are responsible to put forth maximum effort as well. This is true in every aspect of our life, but with respect to my transition to independent consulting it means I have to provide really stellar customer experiences and wise counsel that makes them want to keep doing business with me. I often think of Proverbs 21:5…

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

How I ask Kristen to pray for me regularly is that I would plan wisely and work diligently, so feel free to pray the same way.

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Don’t hope for November

I wrote after Scott Brown’s upset victory in Massachusetts that it could be the worst thing for Christians and I’m afraid I am turning out to be a prophet. Already you can see people whose trust should be in the Lord looking to November to “take back the country” and “repeal Obamacare” and everything else that will just burn up one day.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t use our citizenship properly. Paul did that on multiple occasions – both to make life easier for future Christians and to preach the Gospel in Rome. But Paul didn’t use his considerable rights as a Roman citizen to change the political system anymore than Jesus argued that Caesar should be paid taxes.

One of the more disturbing things I’ve seen in a while is worth a whole blog post (which will be coming). Glen Beck, a Mormon, had a bunch of “evangelical christians” on his show. (Maybe this happens a lot, I don’t know I only see his show once in a while and find it both enlightening politically and entertaining). At one point he looks at these guys and says something like “I’m a Mormon. Is there any reason you can’t fellowship with me?” None of them said anything about the fact that Mormons deny Jesus Christ is God and that it’s a big deal to deny Christ because it means you’re going to hell. About a week later I read online that one of these guys actually said he thinks Glen is saved even as a Mormon. Amazing.

As Christians, we should have hope. But the basis of our hope is not politics or a return of Republican rule in Washington DC. Our hope is based on the fact that God’s Holy Spirit is indwelling us testifying to us that we are His kids. Nothing else matters, not this November and not in 2012.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)