A SMALL but select gathering of members and partners sat down to the periodical “fifth Tuesday” dinner meeting
A SMALL but select gathering of members and partners sat down to the periodical “fifth Tuesday” dinner meeting at the Red Lion Hotel last week.
In the absence of both the president and the president-elect, who were on holiday, the chair was taken by John Grout, immediate past president.
Honorary member Ken Fitt had invited his cousin Alan Bolton-Frost to come to speak.
Mr Bolton-Frost, who had travelled from Cambridgeshire with his wife Joan, described how he had held a senior post with the Rank Group and now lectures at the Cranfield School of Management as well as running a consultancy in executive coaching and mentoring entitled The Buzz for Life.
Taking into account the age range of his audience, he suggested that a sudden cessation of full-time employment was a shock to have to cope with and that the secret was to manage the change by a slow transition, having in mind definite goals.
“Change happens constantly but transition happens slowly,” he said.
Club treasurer David Rusman said that one of the goals on his bucket list was to be James Bond!
Having involved his audience in his presentation, the speaker drew out that one of the main issues faced was the loss of status and he told the story of the high-flying executive who, having just retired, got into the back seat of his car only to find there was no driver!
Proposing a grateful vote of thanks, Peter Thomson joked that Mr Bolton-Frost had demonstrated the transition from being an executive in the Rank Group to being a rank outsider!