Navigating Living Longer

Category Archives: Maintaining Relationships

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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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 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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The frustration of Embracing Change

The world around us is changing at an unprecedented rate and it is clear that many organisations we encounter are really struggling to adapt to what, for today at least, are the new ‘norms’ I written previously about my experience dealing with Financial Services organisation that manage to embrace the whole spectrum from ‘struggling badly’ […]

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Hidden talents…

Time and again in recent months I have been astonished by the creativity and inventiveness of friends and colleagues. Yesterday I had a meeting of interested parties to discuss what could have been a controversial idea. In less than half an hour not only did I get their support and cooperation, but their suggestions for […]

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One final misery….

My interest in longevity was peeked by a friend, a Chartered Surveyor who looked after large Scottish Estates. He shared a completely different way of thinking about life -where ‘family’ was more important than the individual and every member was ‘expected’ to do what they could for the common good. The Chinese express the same […]

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End of lockdown dinner

Last week I went to an End of Lockdown dinner. 60 friends and colleagues, all of a certain age, gathered at a local venue which offered the space to socially distance. Before attending everyone was asked to complete a Lateral Flow test and all were double jabbed. Watching as people arrived there was evidence of […]

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