Your time has passed.
You can’t win the battles anymore within the organization.
You know it. They know it.
You’re trying to hang on.
It’s only another five years.
You’re asking questions about ageism because that is the institutionally approved way of continuing to fight.
The fact is everyone is moving on except for you.
You are in the past, telling stories about those times.
You aren’t looking ahead anymore.
The horizon has gotten much shorter.
This is actually what the end looks like for most people.
There is a stage before this where there’s an opportunity to transition.
Within an organization, is being seen as the wise mentor.
In life, it is the space of eldership.
It is the place where your “inner good grandparent” shows up.
It is the place where you stop competing with those who are following you.
It isn’t necessarily a place of greater ease . . . At least at work.
It is the space where you can step into being more gracious, more generous, more majestic.
What does a good grandparent do?
First and foremost, they love their grandchildren and the grandchildren know it. There is nothing that the grandchild can do wrong. They love the grandchild.
They try to create safety for the grandchild and try to create a reasonable risk for them.
They’re always available.
Can you do that?
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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