Recently, my former Gartner colleague, Bruce Stewart, one of the deepest thinkers I know humbly called himself a “writer”. It’s funny how bloggers strive to be called analysts and ex-analysts feel no such desire.
My big revelation in the last few years is how little crossover there is in my audiences. So few of my book readers are also regular blog readers. Few of my speaking audiences have read my blogs or books. Few of my consulting clients have time for my books, blogs or speeches.
So, it is a tough question for me to answer. Am I an analyst, an advisor to CIOs, a blogger, a speaker, an author?
The last moniker served me very well last time I entered Canada. For some reason Toronto airport has always taken me a while to clear (and many Canadians say same of JFK) – and I have been to E. Berlin, Tel Aviv, and many other places with tougher bureaucrats. The officer asked me my occupation. For the first time ever, I said “Author” and he smiled and said “Welcome to Canada” Darn, why did I not use that before? Trust me, I have used “analyst” before and have been asked “So, where is your diplomatic passport?”
My new book bio calls me “King of Wow” – it borrows a moniker a regular reader of my innovation blog had used for me. I am flattered with the Wow part, less with the pompous King part.
So, humbly I would like to suggest, Peter Drucker style, that I am a bystander. A very interested bystander on the technology roadway. Who knows how long it will take me to clear Toronto airport if I use that moniker:)