“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
We are living in an era with too much focus on what’s next, with too little attention paid to the sage advice of those who are retiring from their work lives. Knowledge and know-how are walking out the door at unprecedented rates as boomers retire. Leaders, managers and technical expertise are moving on and I’m afraid we will regret not capturing their advice and valuable perspectives.
Two articles were posted on July 31 that are well worth reading, thinking about and discussing with your team. Two leaders of major companies, PepsiCo and GE, are retiring. Indra Nooyi and Jeff Immelt are different leaders from different industries and far different backgrounds. Their advice focuses on people, management of oneself and an appreciation for the process of work.
Things I Learned by Jeff Immelt
I invite you to read the full text and think about how their words apply to you whether you are a CEO, a mayor or a manager, or leading from within the organization. I also invite you to make extra effort to capture the thoughts of those leaving your organization formally and informally so that we don’t look past decades of experience that may help us all meet the challenges of the future.