Mary's story: flexible, purposeful work after a full time career

Mary's story: flexible, purposeful work after a full time career

In the medium-sized business where Mary worked, Mary’s CEO was well prepared for Mary’s retirement. He had established a succession plan for her C-level role a couple of years prior and had identified a suitable successor. Mary transferred her core knowledge and transitioned her external business relationships to her successor. The risk to the business of Mary’s leaving was mitigated.

The thing is, in focusing on the company’s transition, Mary had neglected her own.

She woke up in retirement with no one asking her to make decisions. No phone calls, no emails. It felt as though the lights had suddenly been turned off.

Silence.

There were no expectations upon her at all.

We can find ourselves following ‘company practice’ and cultural norms and end up very dissatisfied. Dr Martin Seligman, author of ‘Authentic Happiness’, identified five things as being important to happiness. These are positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement. For many of us, work has either intentionally or unintentionally gone a good way towards meeting these needs for most of our lives. 

We remain the same people with the same needs throughout our lives.

IncomeConnection are exploring with Mary what work she would like to do at this stage of her life; drawing on her past experience, hobbies and interests. The world is her oyster; not only is Mary talented, the on-demand sharing economy has over 150 options for flexible, purposeful work.

This time Mary is putting herself first.

If you’d like a chat about your own situation, arrange a phone call with me here.

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