Well, nothing stays the same, that’s a given! We all evolve, we progress and we move, either forward or backwards (that’s true also!). But either for better or for worse, one thing is certain, that everybody is changing!
In the same sense, time has come for me to move forward. Completing a life-long professional relationship of 9,5 years with Nikos Manouselis and the wider team, in three different institutions, the Agricultural University of Athens (2005-2007), the Greek Research & Technology Network (2008-2010) and Agro-Know (2011-2014).
Through these years I have worked in research, earning “my stripes” there, I have taken it up a notch going into an MSc and PhD after that. I have assisted in EU-funded Project management and moved up to managing a multi million project. I have organized events, facilitated them, managed them and so on. I have worked with creative thinking, with design thinking and brainstorming and lately I worked (and still doing so) with customer development techniques such as the lean approach. I am still studying all the must-read literature on the domain and it’s really fun and useful (in that order, actually!).
So, having done all of this and many many more that would fill two blog posts, it’s time to see what I can really create for myself using all the tools I have been patiently collecting all these years since 2005. I cannot pin point it exactly, not just yet, but I do feel that the change is here and it’s time to grasp the opportunity. I feel like sitting on the edge of a cliff, wind blowing in my face, looking down at an endless “sea of possibilities”. I have my parachute on, my hiking shoes, my sunglasses and my swiss-army knife. A knife with all the small gadgets and tools, many of which were “gathered” during my time working for Agro-Know. Working on my own on interesting projects but most of all, working with a group of inspired, trusted and esteemed colleagues that offered me a chance to develop both personally and professionally.
This blog post goes out to all of you, either still in the AK Family or not, to say a big “thanks” and wish you all the best for the time that I won’t be monitoring the interesting things you are doing from up close. And to be on the safe side, to also say “see you later” as the world is that small that you can never say goodbye to anyone, really. Time will come when our paths will cross again, one way or another… 😉
(parts of the text taken from my blog@ http://palavitsinis.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/the-end-of-an-era/)