Next month is our ninth consecutive Red Rock Leadership Forum – our biggest day of the year. We will be holding it the splendid Sydney Town Hall in the CBD and expect hundreds of partners and customers from within the not inconsiderable Oracle ecosystem in Australia to attend to learn about the latest in Cloud, Datacentres and Applications.
While I’m excited every year as we gather together all our stakeholders into one big room to discuss the hot topics of the day, I’m particularly excited this year because we’ve arranged for one of my most inspirational friends, Gearoid Towey, to give a brief motivational talk on how to manage transition. With Oracle now finally bridging the gap quite aggressively from on-premise to cloud and the wider industry embracing this massive change at some pace, we all face a great deal of transition in our professional lives.
Transition was something Gearoid Towey was forced to face alone. When his career as an elite Irish Olympic Rower came to a sudden end after the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he found that there was very little assistance for him in how to cope with life after professional sport. As he researched it further he found so many former athletes had struggled with the impact such a change had on their sense of identity and purpose. We can think most recently of the obvious troubles haunting Ian Thorpe.
You can read more here about how Gearoid coped with this transition but register now for the Red rock Leadership Forum to hear his advice for embracing change and managing transition. The only constant is change in this life so his advice will be most valuable I can assure you!