Judge Willem Korthals Altes (70 years old) is challenging his retirement. He gets an honorable pension because of his age but he doesn't want to stop at all. "My work is part of who I am," he says. The Dutch singer Rob de Nijs (76 years old) has Parkinson but is determined to finish his tour. After this a farewell tour, a CD and a farewell concert and then he intends to stop. Two examples of professionals who, in the words of Jef Staes, are "in sync with their talents". Working no longer feels like working. Suppose you have to give yourself a percentage between 0-100% for being in sync with your talents, what percentage would that be? And many of your colleagues?
The importance of morphing
|Photo by Jack Leeder via flickr|
How to morph? Keep on doing new things
How to morph as a professional? The Dutch writer Peter Ros gave me a number of ideas with his book Warorde. According to Peter preparedness for change is a learnable skill. Don't wait for a crisis until you change. Stimulate yourself (or colleagues) with new things. Consider for instance:
- Work in a different place
- Change jobs regularly
- When self-employed: develop a new service or product
- Look for people who think differently (for example, if you work for the government, go and see a school)
- Start again from scratch: how should I do it now?
- Read blogs from dissenters
- Make an appointment with someone that annoys you
- Meditate 2 x 20 minutes every day
- Provide "fiddle time"
- Do something you never dared
- Listen podcasts
- Travel to an unknown destination (sprs.me)
An example of staying prepared are the people in Netflix who developed achaos monkey. A tool to derail the working of computers. A great way to challenge employees to get everything right again. Another example are de monkey milestones van AFAS. These are creative assignments for new people within AFAS. The name monkey apparently works well for shaking things up :).