That resonated with a lot of us, including the self-employed, who were struggling to figure out how to operate businesses, network, and promote our services and products in a world order with no precedent.
Most of the best business practices no longer were effective.
All that career advice - such as network more - became counterproductive. Unless we had something to trade on the network, other professionals began to block, unfriend, and delete us. They were overwhelmed just holding on.
And, ageism was making it suicide on the job to reflect on the past. No one wanted to hear it. What they did want to hear was if their corporation was merging and how long their exit package would cover their family's health insurance.
They are usually those who had peaked in their careers in certain organizations. Then it was over.
They range from being unit directors at Gulf Oil during its golden age before it had been taken over by Chevron to being almost partners in BigLaw firms in the Midwest. That was before the crash of 2008.
Clueless, they expect others to also be honoring the memory.
Three times recently, Gulf Oil "alumni" sent me emails about some aspect of the good old days. Several weeks ago, a former senior director alerted us that he had come across a photo of not only the former head of the public affairs department but also another manager on a fishing trip. Both were dead.
I had been focused on pitching to ghostwrite a book on aging for a Noble Prize winner. My head was not wrapped around 1981.
For the third time, I requested that my name be removed from the email list. My career had started at Gulf. My memory was of making more than the average culture mistakes.
Actually, my gut told me to duck all content floating up from the memory bank - both others' and my own. That wasn't going to bring in business in the now. No current winning player even glanced back at the past. The present is happening too quickly.
One of the almost partners came to me for coaching. He considered it was a plus in his search for a job in the legal sector that his alumni group was keeping him up to date on gossip at his former law firm. They met in person monthly. No, the material they passed on to one another didn't deal with new software or business development practices.
Gently, I asked him how that ritual was moving his job hunt forward. Duh. He had the ah-ha moment. Being dragged into others' nostalgia was keeping him stuck.
That applies to all of us. Anyone has a perfect right to release nostalgia emissions. And we had a duty to our careers to get out of the way of that force field. That extends all the way back to our days in professional and graduate degree programs.
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