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Now’s the time to make history

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We realize that you can’t be a leader “on the rise” forever. But coasting once you hit your apex only ensures a swift decline.

So, here are some ways to make your mark while you’re still on top:
  • Become a mentor. Once a year, choose a new employee as the focus of your concern. You don’t need to pick the brightest, but you do need to mix it up in terms of career track, gender and ethnicity. At the same time, help a junior colleague negotiate the shoals of a new division or city.

  • Perfect the orientation process. New hires walk through the gateway to your profession. Make their “introductory course” legendary for its difficulty and excellence. It’s the public face of your industry, so even for novices who move on to other careers, make it the best in the world.

  • Write about something that matters. In a trade journal, newspaper or blog, share your expertise to enlighten and improve the community.

  • Reinvent yourself. Learn a new, complementary area of expertise.

  • Build a library. Make sure there’s a repository for the history of your enterprise and, if one doesn’t already exist, your field.
—Adapted from “14 Things to Do Before You Retire,” Thomas Benton, The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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