It’s no secret that the business world looks very different today than it did 30 years ago. In fact, we’re so inundated with news about how work culture has changed that to reel off the transformations seems almost redundant—the role of social media, the increasing importance of networking, the decreasing importance of resumes, buzz words like “transparency,” “resilience,” and “flexibility,” new trends like solopreneurism and portfolio careers…the list goes on and on.
It’s easy to rattle these off, but harder to understand how they might affect you—especially if you’re a member of the growing numbers of Baby Boomers who are launching second careers at a time of life when our parents and grandparents were getting ready to retire.
Some encores are simply excited about doing what we’ve always dreamed of. Some lost their jobs when the recession hit, and some realized that Social Security might not pay all the bills. There’s a wealth of information out there about the wonderful things (like decades of carefully honed experience) that encores bring to the table, but we can’t ignore the other side of the coin, which is that Baby Boomers need to reeducate themselves when it comes to succeeding in business. Many encores may find it difficult to find work if potential clients and employers think that they don’t know how the new business culture functions.
Doug Lundrigan of Lighthouse Business Solutions is an expert in 21st century companies, and this is going to be a very exciting episode of Solo Pro Radio—the first of three conversations about what encores need to know and how they can learn it. Join us on Wednesday, January 29th at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST (or any time after that!) for a crash course in the new business culture!