Category Archives: Career transitions

Becoming an Ex

Margaret Beaton

For many ‘being an Ex’ relates to having been divorced. But ‘becoming an Ex’ is used differently. It describes the process of exiting a career or life role, which are increasingly frequent occurrences in today’s world. Becoming an Ex is a well-established social phenomenon that refers to both disengaging from a life or career role … [Read More]

 

How you can make better choices about your life and career

Margaret Beaton

Do you make the mistake of jumping too quickly to conclusions about your life and career because you give too much emphasis to the information in front of you? Do you fail to search for new information that might change your views or disprove your beliefs? I am sure all too often, the answer is … [Read More]

 

Steer your career decisions with no regrets

Margaret Beaton

“This above all: to thine own self be true” is part of Polonius’s advice to his son who is in a hurry to get on the next boat to Paris. This captures the essence of my guidance to you: Steer your career and have no regrets. In a way we all seek ‘Paris’ in our … [Read More]

 

Will you leave well?

Margaret Beaton

Tom Stoppard, a British playwright, penned ‘Every exit is an entry to somewhere else’. Stoppard’s eloquence leads me to ask How well will you leave? whether you are about to step up or let go in a particular phase of your career. I am referring to the challenges, including the pain, of leaving precious people … [Read More]

 

Could this be you?

Margaret Beaton

After a lifetime in the firm, Simon’s career as a partner was over. He was not yet 60, and the firm didn’t need him any more. The inexorable forces of de-equitising had arrived in one short, traumatic meeting with two of his colleagues, the bearers of the decision by the management committee. It wasn’t personal. … [Read More]

 

New economy jobs for ‘older’ lawyers

Margaret Beaton

Much of my time as an executive coach is spent working with clients in the second half of their careers as solicitors. These law firm partners love the law. They love working with clients. They have vast experience. They’re clever too. And usually they have endless energy. But they’re looking beyond what they currently do. … [Read More]

 

How to make the end a grand entrance

Margaret Beaton

Every day many partners in their 50s and 60s in professional service firms ask themselves this taxing question, “What’s next?”. The question refers to 10, 20 or even 30 years ahead of them, the era some authors now call the ‘Third Chapter’. Whether consciously or not, the question worries them because they- and their firm … [Read More]