February 3 2008

On Friday, I posted some job requisitions in the IBM internal hiring system, which seems like as good a moment as any to describe a change to my responsibilities within IBM Lotus going forward.  This year, I am adding a team of people and direct management responsibilities to my continuing role as the worldwide product sales executive for Lotus Notes and Domino.

IBM typically doesn't consider internal personnel moves relevant to the outside world.  I'm choosing to mention this here, now, because it means change.  Being a people manager during 2008+ will certainly affect how I blog and what I blog about.  It means that in terms of the day job, not only are the next few weeks laser-focused on getting the right sales programs, plans, and training/enablement ready for the year, I'll also be working the hiring process.

This isn't my first foray into people management -- I managed small teams off and on between 1999 and 2004, and went through all of IBM's excellent management training courses.  The opportunity to get back into people management and bring in additional talent to the worldwide product sales leader role is an exciting one, and one I didn't hesitate in accepting (though I had to forego an exciting alternative in the process).

The next few weeks are going to be a blur -- with the exception of a much-needed beach vacation -- but I have found that regular blogging actually helps provide a touch point of sanity.

Oh, before anybody asks -- these jobs are posted for internal hire only.  If you are an IBMer (US preferred) and are interested, you can look up posting B046439.  Once my team members are hired, I'm looking forward to introducing you all to them, both online and as part of various customer events and regional travels.

Speaking of people moving into new roles, I don't want to miss the opportunity to congratulate Bob Balaban on his move to Binary Tree.  It has been an honor to work with Bob inside of IBM, and to see his leadership directly influence the Notes/Domino 8.5 release plans and beyond.  His talents will be missed, but I know he's always an IM away for sound advice and sanity checks.  Good luck and congrats, Bob!

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