Jan 21st 2019 after a week in ICU, I finally uncovered the mysetery illness that left me without the use of my hands and legs — Actue inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Only for the quick thinking of a GP, neurologist and a few other good people, the outcome would have been different. My year started with a bang and it set the rhythm for what was to be a turbulent and incredibly tough year.
I won’t fill in the gaps, but it meant that my year was on the back foot and then I decided to go and set about running a conference, for ecommerce, in Tralee. 2 weeks out, my sponsor was not a sponsor and save for some scrambling, blind faith and vision, my situation would have been very different.
On October 2nd and 3rd we hosted the www.ecommercesummit.com which turned out to be a success. Hard to put it into words still but almost 150 attendees and 34 speakers over the 2 days. I still have no real grasp on what was achieved, I haven’t been able to find the time to give it what it deserves. I intend to do that, it was far too important to not to. Tickets for 2020 are on sale now and ticking along. I am looking forward to getting my teeth into this more eyes wide open this year coming.
In such a fractured year, I mad so many bad decisions and let many people down for a multitude of reasons, none of them are acceptable. 2020 will need to be different, more controlled and office based. I have changed my approach to consultancy and will be sharing some partnerships I have been cultivating over the last few months.
This is an acknowledgement that I can do better and will do, that I learned more this year than I have in many years gone by. I want to hold myself to a higher standard and be a better partner to those I work along side and repay the huge faith shown to me this year. I spent 15 years building my career and network of friends from various industries.
I am exhausted, stressed and ending the year grateful for survival – that’s what this year has become being about. 2020 will be about growing and doing it in the right ways.
Some thank yous:
@Mauds – my singular source of strength
@Derek – for the ear, the advice and the patience
@Aoife Breen – volunteerism, belief and hard work – hope 2020 is very kind to you
@Colin Creagh – unwavering support, without question
@Una Dillon – consistently wonderful
@Chris Byrne – understated brilliance and great mentoring
@Emily Ross – energy, positivity and unbelievable drive
@Colin Lewis – broad shoulders
@Kevin Fox – keeping me on the straight and narrow
@Kev – that’s what brothers do
@Philip King – a rare gem and a BIG heart
@Aisling Foley – for not laughing !
@Joan Mulvihill and Michele Neylon – for caring
@Pat Carmody – getting the ball rolling
@Aoife O Brien – you get it !
Many more people contributed in a huge number of ways to different my survival and are too numerous to mention. I am sorry to those where I didn’t deliver my best. 2020 scorecard will be different. On that final note, I am adding my values for the 2020 summit – holding myself to a higher standard and a less stressful life:
As a group our mission is to share knowledge, experience and skills with businesses who want to grow in a digital era. Our aim is to develop and foster a spirit of shared values with all those that work for us and with us. Those values include:
Be inquisitive – ask questions
Share openly – learn it, share it
Generosity of time – This does not mean that we give up loads of time, rather we respect the time we get and we expect that in return
Recognition of humanity – With this simple recognition we can build real relationships which have value.
We believe in value not cost – Relationships should not be transactional by their nature
Inclusivity and Diversity – we have never needed a policy for this, as this is just how life should be. Inclusive and full of diversity. These are core ingredients in making the tapestry of life rich.
Work life harmony – always.
For all those that helped me survive and are still friends, I thank you sincerely