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Man is a social animal. While many of us have drives for achievement or power, a leader loses his or her most vital tool when s/he forgets that most basic truth of humans - at our core we are wired, through the millennia, for engagement with the world...together. The holidays and their traditions are a testimony to our need for community, whether that community is family, neighborhood, or larger society. If you think Thanksgiving is a tribute to the spectacular goodness of turkey, you might want to think again. For better or worse, for millions of us, it is a reaffirmation of, and reconnection with our primary community, the family. Everything we do around this time of year is an affirmation of the power of this need...lighting candles and reciting prayers, decorating houses, even shopping together. A wise leader understands the need for belonging and the incredible power it offers for any productive effort. What are the communities that give you the best sense of who you are? In what ways do they help define you and provide a sense of meaning? Read more | 0 Comments
In my last Weekly Wisdom, I spoke about professional athletes' careers ending when they're around 40, forcing them into occupations in which they are very young. Now I want to talk about something similar but different: retirees starting businesses. According to an AARP survey of about 1,500 adults aged 45 to 74, one in ten people who work for someone else say they plan to start their own business when they retire. The survey also found that 15 percent of workers in that age group are currently self-employed. What makes this extraordinary is that these "seniorpreneurs" are voluntarily becoming young in their new lines of work. It takes courage, confidence and passion to leave a lifelong career and branch out into something as challenging as running your own business. Even if you start a company in the same field in which you worked for 40 years, being a small business owner is like being a first-grader all over again, with a lot less room for error. Millions are doing it, or planning it, but why? I think, in part, it's because becoming young at things renews us. We go from "been there, seen that, done that" in our previous profession to "I don't know, teach me" in our new one. While potentially frightening it's also thrilling and energizing. Part of the attraction of being young in something is that we get to be kids again. Sure, we'll make rookie mistakes. But we also get to discover new gifts that we might not have believed we had. That's magic. How has being young in something reinvigorated you? How can you bring that to the people you lead? Read more | 0 Comments
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