A New Career Opportunity!

If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting very frequently lately, I’ve been a little distracted.

A couple weeks ago I started a new job. On 2/14, I became the new Director of Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics (WSBE).

Here’s a link to the press release.

With our two daughters in college, this opportunity allows my wife and me a chance to pursue our goal of moving to the seacoast area of New England. UNH is located in Durham, New Hampshire, about 30 minutes from the ocean and Portsmouth, NH, 60 minutes north of Boston, 60 minutes south of Portland, Maine, and about 30 minutes from the mountains. We’ve vacationed in this area for years, and it’s our favorite part of the world. We’re in the process of selling our home in upstate NY, and looking for a new one in the Seacoast area.

I’ll be responsible for marketing and managing custom executive development programs. Basically, I’ll be working with clients to determine their needs, and then collaborate with WSBE faculty and external partners to develop and deliver high-impact learning experiences. We can deliver programs at the client’s site, or at our partner conference facility in downtown Portsmouth, NH.

My last position was Manager of Leadership & Management Development at Paychex, Inc, a $2 billion payroll and HR outsourcing company. As you can imagine, much of what I wrote about was based on my work at Paychex, as well as previous companies. For example, a recent post about “Passing the Leadership Baton” was written as I was working on my own transition.

This new opportunity should now give me plenty of new blog material. I hope to have guest posts from some of our staff and professors and lot’s of new insights, learnings, and fresh leadership development advice.

It will be an exciting new career transition for me…. a chance to keep doing what I love to do, while at the same time practice what I preach and branch out in some entirely new directions in order to learn and develop.

At some point, I’ll probably even do a little succession planning and leadership development consulting on my own; maybe even finish that e-book I’ve been working on.

I don’t anticipate any major changes for Great Leadership. I’ll still maintain ownership of it and post as often as I can. One small difference is I’ll now be public about where I work, although the opinions expressed will be my own and not UNH’s.

I’m so jazzed about all of this, and am pleased to finally share it with all of my readers.

So…… in the spirit of social networking, here are my top 10 questions for Great Leadership subscribers and readers:

1. Where are the best restaurants in the seacoast area (you can see where my priorities are)? Who makes the best “chowda”? Best lobster roll? Best “woopie pies“? Can I still get an good order of chicken wings?

2. Do you have any tips for successfully transitioning from industry to academia?

3. How about from being a “buyer” to a “seller” of leadership development/training programs?

4. Tips on succeeding in a new job in general?

5. Do anyone have any contacts in the New England area? Potential clients, suppliers, partners, or other networking opportunities? Email me at Daniel dot mccarthy at unh dot edu or LinkedIn.

6. Is it hard to learn to surf? Or should I stick with boogie boarding?

7. Any home selling or buying advice? We’ve already buried the Saint Joseph statue.

8. Any tips for settling into a new community?

9. What’s the most important thing you look for in a university-based executive development program, or any leadership/management development program?

10. Is  it possible  to remain a Buffalo Bills fan in the heart of Patriot’s country? Should I remain loyal to a losing franchise, or jump ship?

Thanks for your continued support, and I look forward to your advice and hearing from you!