Trying something new

I’ve resigned from my fairly awesome job because I have a new dream now that I’d like to share with you. I alluded to it briefly at the end of the planning survey but now it is taking shape and becoming real.

I’m going to travel the world, work for brilliant people, live with them so I get to know who they really are and write about all the things I learn. I have 4 people who have agreed to let me learn from them while I stalk them: Rob Campbell in Shanghai, Simon Kemp in Singapore, Jason Oke in Hong Kong and Saher Sidhom in London.

I am still looking for several more people and could use your help identifying them. I’m interested in planners, managing directors, creative directors, clients, digital, traditional, innovation and more. I want to essentially put together the PhD program that I could never find in a university. And I really want to go to India, Japan, Australia, South Africa and Argentina. But I’m sure there are some smarties who are willing to go along with the scheme in other places too and I’m open to that. Who do you think I should ask to be my coach?

I’ve saved some money to pull this off but I am opening my own business in Holland so I can keep Amsterdam as my base. I’ve named it I’ve Got the Fever – too corny? Well, it does what it says on the tin. This means that I will have to do some freelance in order to keep my visa. If you have any projects you might consider me for, I would love to hear about them. I’m hklefevre at gmail. Since I’m a company, I don’t need a work permit and can go anywhere. Please don’t make me go back to America! Give me a gig!

It will probably take me a year and a half to finish the book. Maybe two? I’m just really excited to see more of the world and meet as many planners as possible. If you aren’t already, consider following me on Twitter so you know where I am and we can connect.

31 thoughts on “Trying something new

  1. If you’re going to be in London anyway, you’re welcome to head North and hang out with the Northern Planners (which in internet terms means me, Sarah, Lucy, Andrew, Andrea and Rob) for a while 🙂

  2. Heather, that is just awesome. I am actually trying to put together a training seminar for planners (and creatives) in Germany. Over the years I have developed my own mindset and thought pattern how I think planning should work and since a lot of people have told me that this framework helped them do a better job I decided to teach my planning framework in seminars. So if you are ever in Hamburg let me know. I’m really interested on your (international) perspective on this.

  3. Heather, it’s been a while. Exciting news on your end. I’m in a somewhat similar position, left my gig to pursue something entrepreneurial. I’m based in Brooklyn now and will be setting out in May for a global trek to create a film/video series. My business partner and I will be interviewing people as part of it, would love to see if we could link up and interview you. Let’s connect: harrison@harrisonwinter.com.

    Best of luck on your new adventure, I’m sure it will be a success.

    -Harrison

  4. Respect heather. Cool project. Loving the idea. Hope you will get a lot of support. If you are close to switzerland or passing by, let me know! Fabian

  5. P.S. I love the name of the company.

    P.P.S. Living and working in different parts of the world is a great idea and one I can related too as I keep Toronto as my base. Asia is my next goal after this.

  6. Good job lady. I’m so proud you are making this happen. I’ll put the word out in case there is someone with a spot in one of those above mentioned countries for you. And how about just, GOT THE FEVER? The “I’ve” is not needed (yours truly, carlathecopywriter). You are an inspiration. Let’s chat soon and you can give me another kick in the ass to do a u-turn as well.

  7. Oh my God! I’m shaking reading this entry cause I’m excited and all. Good luck exploring the world and i’m sure you’ll finish your dissertation brilliantly. Have fun!

    PS: I will do the exact same thing like you, maybe 5 years from now.

  8. That’s pretty damn awesome news, congratulations! Yes, your company name is corny indeed but that also makes its charm. Have a fantastic time! I’ll most probably be hanging out in a few of the places you will be (London, HK and SG for sure, Shanghai maybe), I’ll hopefully meet you soon!

  9. Hi Heather, what you are trying to do is impressive. It’s amazing when you can travel the world and work with some brilliant people with their own unique mind. Let me know if you are interested to visit and know about the emerging market (esp. for digital) : Indonesia. I’d be more than happy to say hello and chat. @niathenia

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