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2023 – The year of the Network.

Having a much-needed break over Christmas to enjoy time with family and friends, it’s given me a chance to reflect on the past year.

I didn’t start 2023 thinking that by the end of the year I’d be “turning the green banner on”. But, life happens, and it’s one of those things that is a bump in the road but is simply that… a bump. Never let it define you.

We encounter networks in every aspect of life:
⚡  The electricity powering this computer has been delivered over a network of cables distributing power from where it’s been generated.
🗜  The data is going over my home network, the network of my broadband provider then over a global network of connected computers to yours.
🖇 This platform is a network of people all connected for a variety of reasons. Friends, colleagues, customers, recruiters. The experiment by Stanley Milgram in the 1960’s suggested the six degrees of separation where you can reach anyone in the world via a maximum of 6 hops. The advent of social media has likely reduced this.

After making the decision to move on from my role towards the end of 2023, I was faced with a job market that was deteriorating daily, with sometimes over a thousand people going for a single role. Some people congratulated me for making the bold decision, others derided me.

The desire to “do my own thing” has been around for over 20 years and whilst I have always found permanent work and for most parts enjoyed it, there has always been in the back of my mind the feeling of having more control over my professional life.

As such, Cortroom Consulting has become a reality. The power of the network has delivered and 2024 starts with a healthy pipeline of conversations, opportunities, new projects and the realisation of a 23 year “itch”. www.thecortroom.com

💑 I am blessed with a loving wife, family and friends who have supported me through this year
🔓 I have a passion to help businesses and charities to solve problems and unlock the opportunities to improve
⛪ And most importantly to me, I have a faith that plays a massive part in my life.

Wishing you & your families a safe and peaceful new year and all the best for 2024!! 🙌