In our daily conversations with executives seeking career advice from Borderless, we banish the thought of ‘eventual retirement’, as an old-fashioned term. Our bodies are no longer broken by hard labour, and our lives are extended by great medicine. The prospect of golf and sailing becomes less attractive, when those are the only things to fill our days. We’re healthier and hopefully wiser by the time we’re 50, and are able to continue productive careers or even start afresh. Most of us want to stay relevant and keep contributing economically, while passing on our learnings and making a difference to the world.
This was my own personal experience, when I started Borderless with Els DeCremer, at the age of 50. Helping executives maintain long, productive and healthy careers appeals to our personal values. Here we are almost 20 years later, with more than 50,000 meaningful interactions with fine people from around the world, making a difference to their futures.
It’s precisely why we find this new book, Purpose & Impact: How Executives are Creating Meaningful Second Careers, so important and opportune. Penned by Anita Hoffmann, Managing Director of Executiva Ltd, London, UK, and an executive search consultant and coach, it breaks new ground on a topic that will only gain in importance in our aging societies.
Anita argues that, with an expected 25-30 or more healthy years after the age 50, it makes sense to stay engaged professionally – for your own wellbeing as well as to make a difference for others. Purpose & Impact is a practical handbook based on actual career stories of dozens of executives who were interviewed for this project. It looks at many of the questions on our minds when we get to the mid/later career turning point. The book also offers guidance to senior executives and other professionals on how to rethink and even relaunch careers that align with wider purpose and societal impact.
What we like
This is what some top executives are saying about the book:
True leadership starts with putting yourself to the service of others. As Anita explains, it’s a life time journey that can span different careers. Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever plc, UK
Why retire when you can build a better world? Anita Hoffmann provides a roadmap for business leaders to harness their global experience to forge a new career solving global problems. Never a timelier book for leaders and for the world! Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business coalition, UK
We are living longer and technological change is transforming the future of work. How we think about careers and jobs is an existential question. This book is a must read for all ages. Dr. Frannie Léautier, Founder and Managing Partner, the Fezembat Group, former SVP African Development Bank, Tanzania, France and USA
Purpose & Impact: How Executives are Creating Meaningful Second Careers is now available through Amazon.
By Andrew Kris, Borderless Founding Partner
As many countries have eased pandemic-era restrictions, enabling employees to resume in-person work, the choice for many companies has been a hybrid set-up: a combination of in-office and remote days. Although it’s true a small number of companies have pivoted to entirely distributed models, an overwhelming number of bosses have called for their employees to start spending at least some time back at their desks.
Rapidly changing workplace dynamics over the past decade and especially during the Great Resignation are forcing company leaders to tap into what we call “fluid talent.” Rather than just drawing from traditional sources, they should look to former employees and freelancers as well as talent that is hidden elsewhere in the company, borrowed from other companies, or working in other geographic markets.
Borderless is proud to announce that it has recently received a Bronze award from Ecovadis. An initial assessment of the firm’s performance in environmental, labor and human rights matters, placed the firm in the top 50% of companies assessed by Ecovadis.