Monthly Archives: July 2007

Blogging break…Retire Now

I will be taking a vacation from work and blogging for the next 3 weeks. Watch for this blog to resume full operations near the end of August. I am reprinting an article I wrote for Slacker Manager on Retire Now.

I believe “retirement” does not mean full disengagement, just as I do not believe that work means full engagement. I will be weaving some “retirement” into my summer…

Retire now: Weave retirement into your work even if you are in your 20s

In about 10 years the number of young people getting into the workplace will no longer be enough to replace retirees.

Tim Cork, a career coach, stated in The Globe and Mail, “if you are fifty-something and you can expect to live into your 80s, you should be thinking of this as half-time and not the beginning of the end.”

 He encourages older workers to think about a new career with these tips:

  1. focus on your strengths
  2. find your passion
  3. network
  4. create your brand
  5. do your homework
  6. take action
  7. don’t be discouraged
  8. have a support system

I don’t know about you but this would be the same advice I have heard for recent graduates from high school or university.

If you are younger you may be expected to work longer in your life.

Don’t wait for retirement, retire now.

Retire now…

Retire now  does not mean you stop working. It means you work at what interests you and what you care about.

Retire now  means that you take vacations, breaks, and time with your family.

Retire now  means you stop always trying to climb up the career ladder and enjoy being on the rung.

Retire now  means you “stop trying harder and try softer.”

Retire now  means you don’t always have to be connected or respond to each email within 22 seconds.

Retire now  means that you make contributions to society and you fully develop yourself.

Retire now  means you can take full satisfaction in what you have done in your life, even at 22 years of age!

Retire now  means you learn from the past, look forward to the future, but live in the ever changing current now.

Retire now  means that retirement is a part of working not apart from working.

Don’t wait for some magic age such as 50, 60 or 65. Don’t wait for some “retirement package.” Retire now.

Click, Slacker Manager, if you would like to read all 5 posts I wrote for Slacker Manager in the last week of July.

If you would like to read all 5 posts in David Zinger was lucky enough at 21 years of age, 32 years ago, to have listened carefully to Don, an 80 year-old-fried who said retirement was wasted on the elderly and that people 21 should be retired. David has been retired ever since while still actively working. Retirement is a way of living and working that can successfully reside within an active and full career. 

ZENgagement: The Art of Time

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Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber wrote a wonderful short book entitled: The Art of Time.

Through routine, a guilty conscience, or simply a lack of reflection, we unconsciously deprive ourselves of a large part of our time…

In fact we usually do:

  • What we enjoy doing before what we don’t enjoy doing,
  • What goes quickly before what goes slowly,
  • What is easy before what is hard for us,
  • What is familiar before something new,
  • What others have imposed on us before what we have chosen ourselves.

To have the time of your life, what would happen if you decided to consciously engage with the second half of each of these questions before the first half?

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ZENgagement: Seize Now

Seize engagement now…

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.  ~ John Anster

ZENgagement: Cling Free or This Too Shall Pass

Be careful of clinging too tightly to fixed concepts of employee engagement.

Work, people, and relationships change.

Here is a short zen story on impermanence:

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A student went to his meditation teacher and said, “My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, my legs ache and I’m constantly falling asleep. It’s horrible!”

“It will pass,” the teacher said.

A week later, the student came back to his teacher.

“My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It’s just wonderful!’

“It will pass,” the teacher said.

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An Employee Engagement Six Pack (MMP #22)

Employee Engagement: Monday Morning Percolator #22

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Are you flying with a six pack of employee engagement?

In this case, I don’t mean half a dozen beers.

The six essential instruments in a light aircraft are often referred to as the six pack:

  • airspeed indicator
  • attitude indicator
  • altimeter
  • turn coordinator
  • heading indicator
  • vertical speed indicator

Do you monitor 6 strong “indications” of your employee engagement to get you successfully to your destination?

  1. Airspeed indicator – how fast can you move towards your goal?
  2. Attitude indicator – is everyone maintaining a strong and positive attitude and avoiding too much wobble?
  3. Altimeter – how high can you climb with fully engaged employees?
  4. Turn coordinator – are you responsive to change to turn back to employee engagement if you begin to drift off course? Can you feel exhilarated while making a steep turn?
  5. Heading indicator – do you stay vigilant about where you are headed?
  6. Vertical speed indicator – how quickly can you climb to new levels of employee engagement?

Grab a coffee, jump into the workplace cockpit, and prepare to take off with these indicators of employee engagement.

Of course, you could also grab a six pack of beer or root beer and have a down-to-earth discussion about employee engagement with the team of people you work with.