For Eclipse CEO and chief strategist Dave Dyson, living in a van disrupted his life and career in the best way possible.
Dyson, who leads Chicago-based consultancy and technology advisor Eclipse Telecom, has been taking his show on the road for the better part of a year. About a year ago, Dyson announced to the world that he had bought a Sprinter van and would be traveling the continental U.S. in it. He did so in part because many of his employees had relocated from Chicago over the course of the pandemic.
Dyson, who had promoted remote work among his employees, found himself sitting alone in the Eclipse office for two years.
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"I believe in putting my money where my mouth is, and I am going to prove that I can run Eclipse from the road," he wrote on LinkedIn at the time. "I am willing to make mistakes and adjustment as I go, but my hope is that I get real work experience and field notes about the opportunities and challenges nomadic living and working provide."
A year later, Dyson says the van experiment fundamentally altered his view of leadership. He will share his experiences on the road during a presentation at the upcoming Channel Partners Conference & Expo. The session, titled "Leadership Lessons from a Guy Who (Sometimes) Lives in a Van," weaves in his stories with his observations on larger channel trends.
Dyson fielded some questions to preview his keynote and about what he sees occurring in the industry.