Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novi
Roger Cressy is a fascinating guest, unlike any other we’ve had. His jobs have spanned from retail management (yup, a department store, a really nice one – I’ve been there – and not the one in the States or the UK) to our Beloved Performance Management.
Roger’s is also a geographical journey, from Malawi/Nyasaland (he just missed the Central African Federation) to Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, to South Africa, to the United Kingdom, back to South Africa, and thence to the United States – I may have missed a few countries in that list and perhaps got the order wrong.
Part of his peripatetic perambulation is an artefact of decolonization, the rest is a restless quest for opportunity. Oddly, in person is a very calm man.
I first met Roger through, unsurprisingly, ODTUG’s Kscope. Equally unsurprisingly given my stupendous memory, I don’t remember the year or the city. Such is the hurly-burly nature of a good conference.
If you’ve not met him, Roger is tall (maybe it’s that I’m shrinking, ah the joys of middle age) and has a beard of biblical proportions; once met, he is indelibly remembered.
Diversity in Every Respect
Roger has a full life, more than most of us, safely ensconced in the West, and the places, roles, and people he’s met have given him a unique and philosophical outlook on the business and technical world we all share.
Have a listen to this fascinating episode.
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