My first experience of Georgia was as a kid. My grandparents loved, loved, loved “Gone With the Wind”. They had it on 4 or 5 VHS tapes and watched it almost weekly. Every 40 minutes the movie would stop, they’d get up and put in the next tape. Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to Georgia”
But, as OSTraining has grown in the last several years, I’ve found myself moving into the role of a manager rather than a teacher.
Still, the two roles have a lot in common.
One of the biggest similarities is that you really need to be careful about the behavior you model. For example, I often used to work weekends. Some Saturdays and Sundays, I’d send emails, make site changes and be noticeably busy.
At the end of the year, we got a card from Chiara. If you’ve ever met Chiara, you know that she has a unique and artistic flair. She put all of that talent into one of the most unique cards we’ve ever receieved.
One of my wife’s high school friends, Todd Marrone, passed during Christmas.
Todd worked as an art teacher in Philadelphia schools for 15 years.
I never met him, but after hearing the news, my wife was telling me about him. She was showing me some of his YouTube videos, including a TED talk from 2011. It’s a beautiful talk, and from the sounds of it, a fitting introduction to Todd and his ideas about being a great teacher:
We started talking when he launched one of the first ever commercial GPL businesses back in 2007.
The next year, we did a Joomla class together in Las Vegas and then were two of the speakers at the first ever CMSExpo in Chicago.
We’ve keep talking almost every week since.
The summer, we reached a fork in the road with Admincredible. Members of our team were getting really busy in other areas of their life and at the same time the Admincredible platform needed a substantial extra investment to go where we wanted to take it.
We decided to look into selling. We had interested from hosting companies and development companies, but the best fit was Vic and his Watchful platform. Not only was the offer from Vic, but Watchful offers almost exactly the same service as Admincredible, so it was the smoothest transition for our customers.
Thanks to TJ and Eddie for taking the Admincredible ride with me. Thanks to our customers for taking it with us and thanks Vic for taking on it from here.