I have put an end date on my LinkedIn profile for the iVention Advisory Board position. Nothing has actually changed but let me explain.
I used to be active with iVention, LLC, talking about markets appropriate for the product, giving general advice, participating in brainstorming sessions, and occasionally doing some project-related work. In fact, there was a time when we’d speak about these issues, every day. Over time, that’s all stopped, to the point where we do still keep in-touch but it’s more that we’re just sharing business ideas and bouncing ideas off each other as many small businesses do.
As such, I actually feel a bit of a fraud keeping the title when we’re not currently doing much with it, so I have removed it from my LinkedIn profile. Someday, maybe they will need me, again, and I will reinstate it but, knowing how the rumor mill works in our industry (and probably everyone else’s industries, as well), I thought I’d just be clear that there’s been no falling out, no missed expectations, no anger or unhappiness to cause a rift.
And, when we look at it, it’s just like project work – we ramp-up and have occasional exchanges with each other, then get into full-blown project mode where we’re with each other ALL THE TIME!!! Then, as work slows-down, as fewer activities are needed from project team members, there are fewer meetings, less e-mail, the charge time dwindles and, eventually, we realize we haven’t had any interaction with the rest of the team members for some larger block of time than we realized. It’s just the nature of our work.