Redundancy: New Opportunities?

Image result for asg technologies logoWhen I joined ASG Technologies, almost ten years ago, I believed that I would be seeing out the rest of my working life at this great, innovative software company. Until very recently, that belief prevailed. Over the last three years in particular, the company has gone through remarkable transition, and I have enjoyed a major role in its exciting evolution. The future looked very bright.

Then my world came crashing down!

On the 21st September, I was summoned to a “redundancy consultation meeting.” The invitation letter informed me that, due to a shortfall in services sales revenue, the company had found it necessary to make some cost reductions. My salary and overhead fell into the category of a cost reduction. I was requested to present my proposals for options to avoid redundancy. Unfortunately, none of the options that I presented at that meeting proved viable, so I find myself joining the ranks of the unemployed.

Naturally, this comes as a huge disappointment to me. Over the past ten years, I have had the honour and great pleasure to work with some amazing people, many of whom have become close friends.

Suddenly, my life is in turmoil!

Well. It was, until I realised what had just happened to me.

Those who know me well, believe that I am a very positive person. I inspire and motivate those people who surround me. I thought about this today, and I have come to the conclusion that this belief is more than a sentiment. It is true. It is time to look at the fantastic new opportunities that are opening up in front of me due to my change in circumstances. I’ve got to get on with life.

My best friend and fellow author, Eloise, told me that, “As one door closes, another on opens.” I would go a step further. Many doors are about to open for me!

As I busy myself with updating my CV and my LinkedIn profile, and searching for new jobs in technology, I am starting to look for opportunities in other sectors. Realistically, I realise that it is going to take me a while to find new employment.

So now I have yet another, unexpected opportunity. I am going to have my time to get my head down and become super-productive with my writing.

  1. I can continue with my next novel. I have already started that.
  2. I’ve had a series of children’s story in mind for a long time. The children and parents that I’ve tested these on get very excited and can’t wait to read them. I aim to write the first three episodes before I start my next job. That’s a challenge, as I don’t even know how long this interlude will last.
  3. I’m going to enter lots of competions in writing magazines: flash fiction, poetry, short stories……
  4. I’m going to write tonnes of short stories, following the advice of Linda Lewis and others, and submit, submit, submit.
  5. At the Swanwick Writers’ Summer Schools in 2016 and 2017, I learned a lot, and I really do mean A LOT, from Sue Moorcroft about writing commercial popular fiction, finding agents and publisher, and turning my writing into cash. I am determined to use what I have learned from her, and position myself to proudly declare to her that she has made me viable as a living author.
  6. To be able to achieve all of the above, I am going to have to do a lot of research. Once again, it was the speakers of Swanwick who taught me to do this better. I want to give special shout-outs to Kate Bendelow and Kathryn Aalto.
  7. Finally, I might get around to actually take the sound advice offered by Suzie at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards earlier this year regarding monetizing blogs. I need some income!

I need to knuckle down, believe in myself, and work hard.

My dreams WILL come true!

So stand by for some action. I’ll keep you informed.

Wish me luck. I’ll need it.


About Lance Greenfield

Blog: email: I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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18 Responses to Redundancy: New Opportunities?

  1. Wishing you the very best of Good Luck, Lance 👍

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  2. Hi, Lance! I’m sorry to hear you had an unexpected job change, but have to agree with you: This moment is an opportunity. Being creative and approaching your job search as part of your creative endeavors, I suspect, will inspire even more interesting opportunities to present themselves. Knowing the three or five things you want to call into your life (for me it was more writing, speaking opportunities, and giant hairballs to unravel) will help you spot them when they arrive. I’m excited to see what you’ll discover.

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  3. Ivana says:

    Such positive vibes coming from you. Amazing to see you turning what most would see as a misfortune into a possible fortune. Good luck!

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  4. Osyth says:

    Jeepers, that must have been a dreadful shock so chapeau to you for this remarkably positive response to it. I wish you huge success in pursuing your writing to the extent that you never have to be employed again except as an after dinner speaker or workshop leader. Bisous to you.

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  5. Public speaking is something else to consider seriously. People say that I am very good at it and I have no fear of any audience. I always have too much to say, although I have no idea how to go about seeking engagements or what I would speak about.

    Merci beaucoup pour l’idée et pour les bisous!


  6. scskillman says:

    Good luck Lance, you have a wonderful positive attitude and I hope this does prove a billiant opportunity for you to take your writing to a new level. I shall be very interested to hear about how you go about getting speaking engagements – something I too have been thinking about a lot! It does seem that that’s the best way for authors to sell books.

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  7. James says:

    If you do talking book can I audition for the voicover

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  8. Whoop! Exciting times ahead! Go Lance!

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  9. It is true that to a very great extent you make your own luck. With your positive attitude everything will come right for you.

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  10. arlene says:

    Let’s all think positive always. When opportunity knocks, grab it.

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  11. It is frightful news, Lance. But you have a fabulous attitude! Wishing you all the very best. Hugs!

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  12. I’m in the same situation. Whilst I’m late to the party for this post. I hope you’re doing well!

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    • Still looking for my next opportunity. It’s a slow process. There was a time when I would be snapped up by companies clamouring at my door. Those days are gone now. Hopefully, this won’t last too long.

      Alternatively, a movie director will come knocking on my door, asking me about film rights to one of my novels. Now, that would be nice!

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