The baby boomers are now in a full retirement blitz, right? Think about it…thousands of experienced professionals transitioning out of paid employment into a new phase of life. Who will follow them? One option is that legions of inexperienced leader-wanna-be types have convinced themselves they’re ready to step up. But are they?
Work/Life Balance is A Lot of Work
Have they embraced the need to respect work/life balance but also appreciate that without hard work, whining about balance is perceived as a lame excuse to slack off? Have they developed the maturity to understand that as the world of work has evolved the role of ethical decision-making is more important than ever? We’ll see…the last thing we need with a big election year looming are the khaos legions taking over. We have enough of those in high profile public positions, no need to fill the list of leadership vacancies that are soon to follow with them too.
Best Days Behind Us
Some might say that without an old-fashioned work ethic the future of corporate leadership looks bleak. Without a laser focus on achieving goals, making sacrifices, and joining the cult of profits above all else, we are doomed to continue our economic nosedive. How can we possibly move ahead without laughing off the younger generation’s expectations of that infamous balance? Surely we can’t make the world of work better and different at the same time, right?
Best Days Ahead
I’m here to tell you both are possible. Not only are they possible, but quite frankly they are essential if we’re going to take work to a place that has meaning beyond a paycheck. Work can be so much more, but it takes leadership. It takes new leadership across many facets of life.
It takes you.
How About You
What have you done to prepare yourself to lead effectively in 2012. So much is riding on what you do as an individual, as a member of a team, and as a representative of your organization. Are you ready?
I’d love to hear from you.
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