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Summer break…

Taking a summer break.  But have a bunch of ideas in the queue, so stay tuned.

Fun times with grandkids at a water park for several days over July 4. Now off to teach a class – staying involved with the consulting firm at a slower (but still lucrative) pace.

Have a great summer yourselves!

Uncle Daryl

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2016 Annual Review…

One more year gone, and once again time again to reflect.

Got this idea from Chris Gullibeau of The Art of Nonconformity. Great idea!

So as always, I’ll review three categories:

But first, a quick overview…

The JumpToConsulting project is now SIX years old. With today’s economy, many people are considering career options such as consulting. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned.

One of the most satisfying results has been helping several engineering colleagues make their own JumpToConsulting.

It has also been fun to learn more about about blogging and writing. That curiosity and drive to learn is what led me to consulting in the first place.

The EMI-GURU project is now almost FORTY years old (full time since 1987.) It has been great fun, and quite successful. I made a lot of friends, and traveled the world.

Best of all, it let me to practice my profession as an Electrical Engineer in a ways I could not even imagine as a college student or young engineer. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Much of what is discussed here is based EMI-GURU experiences. The stuff I talk about is not theory — rather, it is real world and based on almost 40 years of consulting!

LOOKING BACK on 2016…

Jump-to-Consulting – The blog is now over 200 posts. In July, shared my ideas in a live presentation on consulting at an IEEE engineering symposium in Ottawa. Great feedback.

Although serving a pretty tight niche, the blog has helped several colleagues. That includes both genders – consulting is a great way to break ceilings and stereotypes.

So don’t be bashful — your questions and feedback mean a lot, and they inspire me to keep going.

EMI-GURU – The sadness and shock of losing my good friend and business partner in 2015 is pretty much behind me. I still miss him, of course, but life goes on.

With rare exceptions, I’ve ceased consulting and refer business to select colleagues. I remain committed to technical classes, doing six this year. .

Personal – A sad year, however, as we dealt with my sister-in-law’s Alzheimer’s. After many years of independent living, we finally had to move her to full memory care. Quite an ordeal, but things are finally better for everyone.

Otherwise, life is good. Sami the rescue mutt continues to bring joy, along with daily exercise as a “personal trainer.” Hope you enjoyed her Holiday Greeting.

LOOKING FORWARD to 2017

Jump-to-Consulting – Keep on blogging, with at least one post per week. Also considering other enhancements. Watch my blog for more details. Better yet, drop me a line!

EMI-GURU – Continue teaching technical classes, but not more than once month. There is nothing like seeing a student suddenly “get it.” Teaching remains a passion.

Personal – Spend time reading, writing, and traveling in our little RV. Restart the SEC diet and exercise. Fire up the ham radio. Play with the mutt, and just goof off!

Wishing you all the best in 2017 — and THANK YOU for reading my blog!

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Happy Holidays 2016…

Happy Holidays, and all the best in 2017!

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Thank you for your interest in my work at both JumpToConsulting and EMIGURU. Life as a consultant has been great for me, and I wish you happiness and joy in your lives too. Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours… Uncle Daryl, Mary, and Sami the ShihTzu

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A quick update from the trenches…

Been a bit remiss in my posts the last few months, for which I apologize.

My sister-in-law has Alzheimer’s, and my wife (her only sibling) is her principal care giver. She recently reached the point where we realized she needed a move to full time memory care. As she is in Minnesota, we didn’t want her wandering off at -20 degrees.

So the past few months have been busy. First, investigating places. Second, getting things in place. Third, executing the move, which was done two days ago. Like a typical consultation, things have taken longer than planned, and not everything has gone as smooth as desired.

So I hope to be back on some sort of a schedule in a few weeks. Don’t worry — I still have a backlog of ideas to share. Stay tuned…see you again soon…

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Now What???

The first half of this year has been rough. It started out with plans to move back to our old house, followed by Mary breaking her arm which required surgery. Two weeks later, my good friend and business partner (Bill Kimmel) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

All this happened in January!

It was painful watching Bill sink, but it happened (too) quickly, and he passed away in April. The funeral was in early May, followed by the sudden loss of a cousin two weeks later. In the middle of all this, the remodeling was finally done and we moved.

Like January, May was a month I don’t care to relive.

For the past six weeks, I’ve been tying up loose ends with Bill’s part of Kimmel Gerke Associates (aka EMIGURU.) At the same time, I’ve been reflecting on what I want to do next. These past six months have been a grim reminder that time is not infinite.

So here are my current plans.

I plan to ramp down EMIGURU –ramp up JUMPTOCONSULTING — and simply slow down and enjoy life. So if you are interested in consulting, stick around as I get back on schedule with this blog and related projects.

EMIGURU – While my goal is to decrease the consulting, I plan to stay involved with the training side of the practice. I enjoy training, and it also gives the most bang for the buck for helping others. More effective to work with 10-20 at a time than just 1-2 at a time.

Efforts are underway to hand off consulting projects to a select group of consulting colleagues. The objectives are to support our clients, while helping some of the younger folks in our business.

Several technical courses are currently on the books. My goal is to limit classes to no more than one a month, a reduction from past schedules. Just got back from a class last week, and have classes scheduled through September. We’ll see how it works out.

JUMPTOCONSULTING – The goals here are to post at least twice a month, and to start developing an on-line class. An introductory e-book is also on the wish list, along with some magazine articles on consulting.

Still considering the book I’ve always promised myself to write. After a couple of technical books, I don’t need it for the ego boost, but it would be fun to do. So it stays on the to-do list for now.

PERSONAL – The goals here are to goof off more and enjoy life. Thanks to the consulting business, I’m financially independent and no longer need to work.

Not bragging — just grateful that I made the JumpToConsulting when I did. With time and effort, you can achieve this independence too.

So stay tuned, as I share more thoughts, ideas, and examples of how to make your own JumpToConsulting.

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Happy Engineer’s Week -2015

Time to celebrate for all my geeky friends! It is E-Week 2015 – February 22-28.

Here are some links that may be of interest. Particularly good if you want to inspire some young person about our crazy profession.

So break out your favorite Dilbert cartoon, and let’s party!

Beer and pizza are optional 🙂

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Some sad news…

A New Year’s Resolution for 2015 was to post here at least once a week.

Next week I’ll break it. Here is why…

Late last week my business partner (and very good friend of over 40 years) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As many of you know, this is a very aggressive disease. The prognosis is grim.

It has been a rough week, and will likely be that way for the next month or so. In addition to a technical class I am scheduled to teach, I’ll be picking up a class for him.

It’s not a problem. That is what good friends and good partners do – they back each other up. But it does mean that in the short term, I have less time for this blog.

One more thing. I take some comfort in knowing how much both my business partner and I enjoyed starting and running our engineering consulting practice.

As I told him, I’m so glad we made our full-time JumpToConsulting almost 30 years ago – and that we didn’t keep putting it off. It has been great fun and most rewarding!

There is an old saying,  “We usually don’t regret what we have done as much as what we have NOT done.”

I’ll be back. Not sure when, as we’re busy restructuring our business and wrapping up loose ends. If interested, there are more details in an open letter to our friends, clients, and colleagues over at EMIGURU.

So please check back from time to time. I still have a backlog of ideas and concepts to share on how to make your own JumpToConsulting.

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Still on a summer break…

After almost four years of blogging about consulting, the summer break was needed and welcome.

Still involved with this project, however, as I’ve had the pleasure to work with a couple of readers on a one-on-one basis.  It is fun to share the enthusiasm, and very satisfying to see the progress. It also has me rethinking where to go next — so stay tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer – we’ll be back soon.

P.S. Please let me know if you have specific questions/topics to address.

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Taking a summer break…

No, I haven’t forgotten about this blog and those of you who follow it.

Just needed some down time to recharge. Doing some travel, reading some books, and spending some quality time with family/grandkids.

I’ll be back — hope you are having a good summer too!

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