To the people of Tait who have touched my professional and privat life
After 14 years I’m leaving friends and colleagues on my path to different pastures. It is a strange feeling. First, it is like leaving some good old friends behind. I developed an attachment to you and care about your well being and success. I hope I made some contribution to your personal and professional development. I certainly learned a lot. Second, it is like regaining some freedom back, allowing me to look forward, to review, reflect and set new goals.
And here is the space to say thank you to those who made a lasting impression on me.
- Prue Chapman and Richard Copeland, who saw in 1999 the potential in the not so young German coming to New Zealand
- Frik de Beer, who taught me a lot about cultural difference (“wire 8 mentality”) during the Millenium project
- Jurg Honger, whose mentorship in project management I value the most
- George Elder, with whom I not only have a great mutual understanding and continuos debate in managing all aspects of ICT but value as a friend
- Josie McNee, we initially drove us nuts before we managed to harness our different points of view to great effect
- Will Mooar, for asking those awkward questions that needed an answer (not for those that didn’t ..)
- Eddie King, the most dependable person I know
- Andrew Kell, for having a dream and living it
- Michael Chick, who taught me a lot about strategic decision making
- Sir Angus Tait, for living the principle “doing the right thing is more important than anything else”
And here is also a big thank you to my team at Tait (you know who you are) who made my job as fun and successful as it was.
“So Long and Thank You for the Fish” – (HGTTG)