The sun rises on a new day, and right now, anything is possible.
Ever been retrenched, made redundant? I have. Just last week actually.
Oh, hope I haven’t made you turn away, feel a little uncomfortable, like you’ve just seen something your mother told you not to stare at.
“Come away child, don’t stare”, as she drags you away by the arm overenthusiastically.
Don’t leave, not just yet. Let me tell you a little more first. You never know when you may need some of these insights – believe me.
Don’t be concerned for me, I am not going to go postal, I am not blue, in fact I am very positive. It’s not the first time for me and the way the world of business has changed, it may well not be the last. Last time was voluntary, this time not so, but completely understandable, a decision I would likely have reluctantly made, if I had been in the shoes of the decision makers. And anyway, I share this ill fortune (if it is) with many of my colleagues and people across all industries who have been uprooted over the last few months/years.
In our enlightened world, the stigma of redundancy, as ugly and deflating as the word may sound, is almost gone, save for those who are afflicted of course, and then it is only in our own minds. Yes the stigma was one of the most unpleasant aspects of redundancy in years gone by. Now it is ‘business as usual’ as they say, or you may be more familiar with BAU from your corporate vocab.
I thought it might be interesting to write a few articles in my spare moments between searching for the next opportunity, the next big adventure, as we all say bravely and defiantly.
If you have been made redundant recently, then let me add this to all of the sage advice, opinions and experience you’ve no doubt been buried under. My first experience, 10 years ago, was honestly very positive and I count it is as one of the successes of my career. I was out of work only a short period of time and I was not bruised mentally and certainly not financially. Yes I was lucky, but we also make or at the least, influence our luck. I am positive that things will be as fortunate this time around. I will push my luck this time and see what it yields.
And you know what? I am looking forward to doing my fair share and perhaps more, for a while whilst I get back into employment. I might just brush up on those microwave, and leftover reheat skills much to the delight of my family. I may perhaps even top my record of meat and seven veg in one dinner, an achievement only a man can really appreciate. I am sure I will eventually get over this urge, and far more quickly than I should.
Day one is a diary and noting down as many ideas, contacts and even pipe dreams that come to mind. Sadly I have just been on a wonderful holiday and can’t claim fatigue and a well-earned rest, so I will be on to creating my next chapter immediately.
Well, without further ado, it’s time to start a new beginning.
Will write again soon.