Navigating Living Longer

Category Archives: Keeping Active

People relate to people

One organisation I’m working with is planning a major shake up to ‘improve efficiency’. Nothing new, in fact they have been slow to embrace the digital world so a ‘catch up’ is long overdue. Inevitably there are cost considerations and they are currently looking for the best way to structure their business units. Listening to […]

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Managing volunteers…

One of the greatest attractions of moving to a second career is the opportunity to do what you want to do. There is no family placing you under a financial burden and if you are fortunate enough to receive a pension you have the opportunity to consider the voluntary sector as well as paid employment. […]

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Learning new skills

One of six personal skills needed for making the most of living longer is Embracing Change . It is almost inevitable, the longer we live, the more change we encounter. Yet not all change is good, and embracing change just because it’s there is a fools game. The skill is is retaining an open mind […]

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Time out

Having recently tested positive for Covid I’m starting of a period of self imposed ‘time out’. I only tested positive yesterday, and so far I am one of the lucky ones with only minor cold like symptoms which have not stopped me working. As a result I am catching up with the outstanding email traffic […]

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A nice problem to have….

This evening I met someone making the transition from their ‘first career’ to what follows next with ease – it was wonderful. Their first career involved setting up and running a company and the transition included closing it down and drawing a line. Although this has taken time all seems to have gone well and […]

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Transitions

As part of finishing my ‘first’ career I stopped working ‘for’ people and started working ‘with’ them – and that made a big difference. I work for myself now, doing what I want. Sometimes I get paid, sometimes not – what is important is that I make a difference. Moving on from education to the […]

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A different perspective

A client asked me to review a document. In building a portfolio of activities for his second career his love of driving classic cars had led to a role driving wedding cars. What wasn’t anticipate was the very special relationship he built with each bride. Picking them up from home signalled the end of months […]

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What did you do with all that money?

A big part of making the transition from your first career to the next is taking charge. First careers are characterised by families and debt. Most people work for a pay cheque and time is at a premium – ‘so much to do’ if only there was the time and money. At the next stage […]

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40K

Every now and then something really hits home. A friend who runs an oil company mentioned, in passing, that while his company’s total reserves would keep the world going for just eight hours it will take the earth 40000 years to replace them. This struck home. We are worried about carbon emissions and climate change […]

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Embracing change…

A couple of months ago a good friend was enjoying a days shooting on a farm in middle England, close to nowhere in particular. Without notice, and to the surprise of those around him, he keeled over and was clearly in a bad way. An ambulance was called – but where exactly were they? One […]

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