Independents are celebrated figures in American culture. Take Harrison Ford’s Han Solo (that name is no accident) of “Star Wars.” Here was a true individual who lived by his own rules and called no one “sir.” He also was the most awesome protagonist of the latter half of the series, way cooler than the over-emotional, servile Luke Skywalker. Ford’s Indiana Jones is another good example. Perhaps no acting roles epitomize this archetype better than those played by Clint Eastwood, though. Characters like the Man with No Name from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and Dirty Harry Callahan almost always worked alone, and when they did operate with others, it was always out of necessity and they still looked out for number one at all times.
The IT industry is home to many similarly independent-minded folks, who like to set their own agenda. Certification Magazine and CertMag.com have a couple of resources aimed at these professionals. One is a new column called Consultant’s Corner written by Gene Zaino, president and CEO of MyBizOffice. Every month, he’ll be covering the critical issues that independent techies face in their careers. In addition, the CertMag Web site has an online community with features and forums focused on them. Check it out at www.certmag.com/independents.