A New Adventure!

leadershipI’ve had a really big month. I left my job. I started a new one. I’m moving to Arkansas.

Let’s start from the beginning.

First, after five rewarding years with Graceworks, I realized the time had come to move on to another adventure. I’ve learned so much from Carol and Annie and the whole Graceworks team—I believe there’s no one better for helping businesses make that vital human connection. I’m also grateful to all the amazing clients I’ve had the privilege of working with—thank you. There’s a lot to miss—including that awesome title: Chief Freedom Officer—but I’m looking forward to what lies ahead…

I’m back working on my book and last week I started my new job with McKinney Rogers, a global business execution company. I absolutely love it. I joined as a Principal Consultant and work as a course developer/director on the Integrated Business Leadership (IBL) team. I’m thrilled to be working with these people—they’re smart, innovative, and really “get it” in terms of how to effectively develop leaders of character. I can’t wait for you to meet them (I’m hoping to finagle a few interviews or even guest posts out of them!).

This new job also brings with it a big change for our family. After many years in New York City, we’re leaving the Big Apple for Northwest Arkansas!

Things we’re looking forward to:

  • trading in our apartment for a house—and paying $1,000 less a month for it!
  • doing laundry at home (not schlepping it to a Laundromat)
  • letting our kids run around at 6am and not worrying about our downstairs neighbors
  • having a backyard
  • seeing the stars

Things we’ll miss:

  • the street food (especially falafel & shawarma)
  • riding the subway (this is Luke’s)
  • seeing trains, planes, and tractors every time we go to the grocery store. (also Luke’s)
  • the Chrysler building
  • all of our amazing friends

What else should we look forward to in Arkansas?

20 thoughts on “A New Adventure!”

  1. Congratulations Geoff! Sounds like a Big, Bold change!!! After having the pleasure of working with you while I was at Ashley McGraw, I know you’ll be great! And, I’ll keep following…

  2. Congratualtions, first of all you’ll need a couple fishing poles, Luke will love fishing and I remember you doing your fair share of fishing at Grandpa’s camp, I know you haven’t forgotten how to bait a hook, and you can put your scouting experience to work!!

  3. Congratulations Geoffrey!! New beginnings are always exciting!! I have been told that Devils Den State Park near Fayetteville is a wonderful place to hike. I am an avid hiker and live in Omaha so it is on my list of one day drives. Wishing you and your family a safe and event free move!

  4. Geoff . . . this is random . . . but I was reading a blog, clicked on a link . . . read another post and clicked on another link . . . and there you were in the comments. We’ve never met, but I know your wife from staff days long ago at COTW. I had seen your blog once before from a link she posted on facebook. Anyway, I live in Africa now, and seeing a ‘familiar’ name and face in such a completely random way made the world just a little bit smaller and ‘home’ feel not so far away.

    Congrats on the big move! As a native of The Bronx, just a warning: prepare for culture shock! And all the best with what lies ahead.

    1. Thanks Deb! I totally know the feeling of being in a foreign land and getting a whiff of “home.” And thanks for the warning—though I doubt our transition to Arkansas will be as severe as yours to NIger! Be encouraged and keep up the great work!

      Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  5. Visiting Bentiville, Arkansas twice a year from LA (visiting you know who)has become a treat because of Braum’s Ice Cream. They have the most amazing flavors, I try a new one every visit. Your family will love it!
    PS I am not a representative of Braum’s :-)

  6. Welcome to NWA. NYC to NWA, wow, talk about a culture shock. :-)

    Devils Den is a great place to hike, mountain bike and fish.

    Excellent trout fishing at Roaring River state park in Cassville, MO

    Pea Ridge Battlefield is a nice day trip with the family.

    More MTB’ing.

    http://www.slaughterpen.com/home.html

    Don’t forget (I wish I could) Branson! :-)

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