How to Reinvent Yourself After 50 – Dorie Clark – Harvard Business Review


This one of my most popular early blogs

Originally posted on Dr Alf's Blog:

Institute of Interim Management

Institute of Interim Management (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re over fifty, or indeed or forty, this is a brilliant, MUST READ article, from the Harvard Business Review.

via How to Reinvent Yourself After 50 – Dorie Clark – Harvard Business Review.

Personally, over my long career, I have re-invented myself many times. Timing is everything. The trick is to catch the wave early and not just become another “me too!”

Many “over fifties” feel that they can turn their hand to interim management but as I have often indicated on this blog, that’s probably unrealistic. For some of of my most popular blogs on interim management open this link.

Personally, I have little time for redundant executives who feel that they can try interim management for a bit until a real job comes along. These people are deluded and potentially crowding an already commodity-driven market place…

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Opinion: Too Old for Millennial & too Young to be a Baby Boomer? – John Gelmini

What Dr Alf has identified are the people I used to look for whilst working in the insurance industry in America who had lived long enough to become complacent but not long enough to take steps to protect themselves with Disability Income Plans and effective and efficient means of saving.

Whatever disaster these people might have faced, it was always going to be “the other guy” or by a process of divine intervention they imagined that “something would turn up because it always does”.

Today, one also needs to develop linear income from multiple sources as the old beliefs about corporate life are no longer true.

Companies are loyal to themselves, not to their employees, so people in Generation X need to rethink their positions, learn languages, retrain and develop linear income.

Some of them may have to move States, or even countries, or consider downshifting and self sufficiency.
What they cannot do is kid themselves that the Government or anyone else is going to save their bacon because that task belongs to them.

John Gelmini

We are Generation X,

We are Generation X, (Photo credit: Kathy Crabbe Art)

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