Redundancy is a wonderful thing. Really.
It’s tempting to take it personally, but viewed the right way, it can be an opportunity to reflect, to take stock, to re-evaluate and plan the next phase.
I’d been lucky. Two great long-term jobs, plenty of training, wonderful experiences, clever colleagues, relationships, the only question – what do I do with it all? Who will pay for what I have?
Athletes might. I’d encountered many, up close and personal, and witnessed them struggle, particularly with their “off-field” obligations. The Rules of Engagement. Maybe I could help them? I broke their world down into bite size chunks and went to work. A couple of accountant mates saw what I was doing – the thinking resonated with them, too. The service offering quickly broadened to include professional services.
The Third Half was born.
The basic tenet is simple. Regardless of what we do and how well we do it, we still have to relate, to communicate effectively, to collaborate, if we are going to fulfil our potential. Our skills, degrees, qualifications and experience will only take us so far, before we enter the realm of the Third Half.
Play on, extend, excel.