Closing a Door

Today, February 19th marks my final day of employment at Cerner Corporation. I’ve spent just under a year here as a member of the Online Marketing team. Like I blogged previously, I am leaving the company to take what is in many ways a dream job for me: Community Manager at AMC. I’ve received an outpouring of support from my wife, my family, close friends, my church, the readers of this blog, my followers on Twitter and my friends on Facebook. Even the people that I work with at Cerner have been amazingly supportive (despite now having a rather large awesomeness void to fill) and they know how well-suited I am for this position and how much I’m looking forward to it.

All told, I’m really overwhelmed by the support that people have given me.

And as easy of a decision it may have seemed from the outside, you should know that I struggled at times. See, despite what everyone says, Cerner is a really good place to work. I wasn’t really actively searching for this position. In a lot of ways, it found me. But when your dream job comes knocking, you open the freaking door.

Unfortunately, that meant that I had to close a door at Cerner. During a time of uncertainty last year, I was given an amazing opportunity to join a great team at an industry-leading company that is poised to have a huge next several years. And not only that, but I got to do work that I was proud of, that I was good at, and that I enjoyed:

  • I worked on the team that launched uCern, Cerner’s collaboration platform for its clients and partners.
  • I led the social media efforts for the company during their annual health conference last October.
  • I helped write the best practices for all Cerner associates as they get engaged in new social, collaborative platforms and channels.
  • And most recently, I’ve been able to work on another large web initiative with some of my professional design and development idols, Happy Cog Studios.

It was that work that made my experience different than the one that had been described by all the friends I worked with at Perceptive Software that had left Cerner with a sour taste in their mouths. My experience was very positive. I worked with smart people on great projects and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s true that Cerner expects the best out of its associates, but that’s one of the keys to their success. Having an open mind when I was hired gave me the right expectation.

To all my Cerner friends, I salute you. You made going to work enjoyable and rewarding. To the Online Marketing team — Sara, Jake, David, Lance and Jason — keep crushing it. You guys have been a blast to work with. If it were any other position at any other company, I would not be leaving.

But as they say…”it is what it is…”

In a silo

I hear you, Jake.

I’m well aware of the lack of actual blogging that I have done lately. I really feel disconnected to everything outside of work, home, Alli and Dreyfuss. The only thing I am positive of outside of those things is that in football, the Chiefs stink worse than my fantasy football team, the Long Haired Hippies.

At work, they call isolated focus “being in a silo”. So I guess this is me just looking outside.

The Cerner Health Conference is just around the corner and I am driving the CHC Connect blog and the Web 2.0 initiatives surrounding the conference. To do this, I have been given the services of an iPhone. DID YOU HEAR THAT? AN IPHONE.

In fact, I am writing this post from the free WordPress iPhone app.

So there’s that.

Evenings I come home and spend time with my favorite dog and the best wife ever.

It’s simple. But it’s a very good life.

Northland

Road Sign

This weekend will mark two months since I started at Cerner. Each morning and evening, I drive the 35 miles door-to-door through the worst parts of I-35 North traffic. Olathe to North Kansas City is a hike, but I’ve yet to find a shorter way to travel than the highway.

Sure, during the heaviest days downtown, I’ll take nip up on I-635 and across on I-70 to downtown so I can bypass all the Southwest Trafficway, Broadway noise. But for the most part, I spend a good amount of time on I-35, listening to Adam Carolla’s daily podcast (which has been boring as of late).

A mass transit system that worked would be amazing. I’d love to hop on the train, read a few chapters of a book and arrive 45-50 minutes later at headquarters (or at least a couple blocks from it). But alas, the government of Kansas City, Missouri is full of morons who couldn’t tell their elbow from their ankle. I understand that a bi-state tax is about as likely to pass as it is for Tony to move out of his mom’s basement, but this city has smart people in it. I can’t figure out why someone hasn’t managed to come up with a viable solution yet.

Maybe, that’s my calling…