When someone chooses to leave the company at a natural point in their career, when their work is done and the timing is comfortable and right for Organic, I like to say that person is “graduating.” I am officially “graduating” from Organic on Friday, May 2nd.
Omnicom has begun a search for a new CEO for Organic. Until the role is filled, an interim management committee made up of seasoned Organics will be responsible for major executive decisions: Chuck Russo (EVP of Client Development), Marita Scarfi (CFO and COO) and Jonathan Nelson (Founder and Chairman).
On a personal level, Organic has been my life for seven years. It’s not easy to leave but I am very confident the company is in a terrific place which makes it a comfortable time for me to graduate.
• Has superlative talent in every corner of the company and a tight-knit management team
• Is doing some of the very best work the company has have ever done
• Has a premier roster of client relationships
• Is considered a leading brand in the marketplace
• Has a unique and cohesive culture that allows people to learn, grow and do great work
Organic’s people and culture are the magic in the company’s success. Organic has this hidden, hard-to-identify attribute that it’s taken me the better part of seven years to understand. It’s a mash-up of natural intelligence, great creativity, kindness, sincerity, compassion and determination. I think it’s very evident in Camp Organic – an exercise in customer empathy.
I am very thankful for my time at Organic – and by extension, my time over the past several years with Omnicom. I met and worked with many, many exceptional people who are responsible for the company’s success – a special thanks to each of them.
The past seven years would make a great business book because it’s three success stories in one: turning around a dot-com darling, repositioning the company as a leader in user-centered design and online marketing and managing through a period of rapid growth period that redefined the company. I finished the final chapter, and so it’s time to move on.
Thanks to everyone for making this a truly exceptional life experience. And, a big thank you to all of the bloggers and readers of ThreeMinds for your support since our inception.
PS: Follow the jump to learn more about the picture above.
Second Life has highly engaged Residents who don’t miss a beat. The Resident in the photo at the top of this post snapped the photograph of my avatar as it had just entered SL – before M Linden got new hair, skin and clothing. People who are new to Second Life are called Noobs and the photo above is what males entering Second Life look like until they personalize their avatar. Unless you change your status in Second Life, when you are away from your key board (AFK) or idle, your avatar “goes to sleep” in the slumped over position as mine did in the picture above. A lucky Resident snapped this great picture and posted it on her blog and on Flickr, where it has been collecting views, comments, laughter and a dose of friendly ridicule.
I wrote about Second Life in Click Z in 2006 and created my first avatar more than a year ago. Around the same time, I invited the dynamic Founder, Philip Rosedale, to speak at an Organic management meeting. He was a hit. He has a fantastic mind and a magical vision for Second Life. Last month, I read Philip was recruiting a CEO so I wrote him a note asking him what he was up to. We had dinner and the rest is history. Or will be, hopefully. I am deeply honored to be joining the Linden family.
Come visit me in-world. My avatar is M Linden. I start May 15th. As you can see in the snapshot below, I am still sleeping on the job but now I have better hair, skin and clothes.