“Things happen every day. You can’t spend your whole life trying to guard against something happening. If you do that, in my opinion, you’ve wasted your life.”
“You can choose not to sit on the fence. You can choose not to criticize. You must stand as guard at the door of your own mind and choose to be positive.”
~ Gail Kelly
“You have to maintain a culture of transformation and stay true to your values.”
~ Jeff Weiner
“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”
~ Joseph Campbell
Changing of the Guard! So to speak! Last week, I alluded to the BMG knowledge of a future change in the public/private sectors. Much of that change is a result of the baby boomers retiring or getting ready to retire. I’ll speak to my own experience in the Not for Profit Sector and my choice to retire. As I prepared to leave my Executive Leadership position, it was apparent to me that so many of my colleagues, my peers, would soon be “gone” and the not for profit sector could embrace a natural opportunity for transformation. This changing of the guard to the generation coming behind us is at a time when so many external factors are pushing transformation.
Many of us are comfortable with our familiar leadership. We feel comfortable with our jobs, confident in our knowledge and proud of our accomplishments.
What’s so special about that comfort and the confidence of our accomplishments? I would say, it is indeed special that we are sitting on a huge resource to be part of a significant and positive change! I believe we have a duty to help transform the current success and foster an environment of change. The stop in time gives us the chance to engage in new and unfamiliar operations and to encourage a new mindset!
Changing of the Guard and Out with the Old and in with the New are perhaps a tad harsh. However, in order for change to happen, many of us (retirees or future retirees) need to be willing to embrace this time for change and be part of the new mindset. Surely with our ability to share our knowledge we can also recognize the need to let our experience and expertise be seen through new eyes and new energy.
Written by Deborah Lavender, BMG Senior Consultant
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