START LIVING YOUR LEGACY AT WORK
Most of us would like to feel we have made a difference.
Working on a client engagement that included the challenges of transitioning planning for partners in their early 60s, I developed a series of “legacy exercises” focused on work legacy. Ideally everyone by age 50 should be thinking about legacy.
Starting earlier is even better, as it helps to create a career vision of meaningful work. Perhaps sadly, often busy people tend not to think about legacy till later when they must try to make up for lost time. Legacy is about more than end of life and who to leave money to. It is about work, family, friends, causes, mentoring – what one passes on to the next generations and peers in as broad a sense as you would like to think about it. Primarily it is about values and about continual learning for you and others.
Here are some questions you might start thinking about as an individual or a team.
- What do you want to be remembered for wherever you are working now? By your clients? by your colleagues? In the context or your role or roles in the organization?
- What do you want to be remembered for in your community?
- What would you like to pass on to the next generations – people you work with or know in other capacities?
- What do you want to be remembered for in general as a person?
- What can you start to do now or change now to be able to achieve that legacy?
Building legacy can be one of the most fulfilling things you can do in your life. And not only that, it outlives you and, in a way, keeps you present when you are no longer there.
Contact me to learn about our Legacy-Makers Mastermind groups and to receive a free list of “Tips for Building a Legacy at Work.”
Phyllis Weiss Haserot www.pdcounsel.com