This is the second of my personal blogs and I have been drafting diary-style for a few weeks, as a run-up to the launch of Olderhood.com.Hence this first load-up of 4 blogs all at the one time. This is a one-off situation, as I will be updating my blog weekly, every Friday.
In my first ever blog I briefly explained the theme of this blog: Migrating from Employment to Enjoyment.
I would like to tell you that I have a whole series of things to talk about and that I will follow a pattern, but that would be too much like how I have led my life heretofore. Planning, planning, planning. Oh dear. So, out with the old, and in with the older I say. My project management skills may have some use, but unless I warble (intelligently I hope) then this blog will become like a project plan. Yikes
I started writing this in late April (2013) – about 8 weeks away from retiring out of the Bank. Butterfield Bank is a fine organization, with many dedicated people having a keen interest in doing what is right for the customer. I have been involved with the Bank for 38 years, one way or another. I’m biased. So what ..?
So, here I am trying to tidy up outstanding matters and arranging a succession plan. I never reached dizzying heights in the Bank, but have had some 15 or so folks reporting to me in recent times. It is therefore important to recognize that my migration has a fairly serious impact on them as well.
I cannot take the arrogant approach of “Look after thyself and forget the rest”. Not me. Call me old-fashioned. Call me old school. Call me daft…. but just call me !!!!
I have lots of things I will be doing in my new office set-up, and it is exciting. But, I will always be more than willing to lend a hand, or an ear, or even a brain, to those who supported me, if they need it. Most won’t.
I’m hoping that I won’t miss walking into the Bank every morning to be greeted with “Good morning Bill”. Cup of coffee. Quick squint at the Royal Gazette, our local newspaper, or BerNews, our local online news site. A reconciliation of personal checking accounts and investments – and of course the credit card. Then do some work.
I’m having to think about health insurance and pension issues. I’m having to think about furnishing a new office and buying equipment. Do I really need a Blackberry..? I’m having to think about turning the lights off in a new office at night. This is chilling stuff I’ll have you know. I thought it was going to be more like ……….
Here endeth the second blog.