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Tea Leaf: There comes a time

Published: Thursday, April 5 2012 3:12 p.m. MDT

There comes a time...

…when a significant career shift is warranted.

…when it is time to spend more time smelling the roses.

…when it is time to spend more time with your family. (My family includes Lynnette, my beautiful bride and partner of 27 years; four daughters and two sons; and 13 grandchildren.)

…when it is time to spend more time working on a frustrating golf game.

…when it is time to contemplate writing a fifth book.

…when it is time to sleep in more often…or get up earlier. (Personally, I favor the first option.)

…when it is time to stay up later on occasion…and not worry about an early-morning meeting or conference call.

…when it is time for me to actually finish a screenplay I have been working on for the past five years.

…when it is time to see more of the world…and sometimes just taking the time to expand one’s horizon and appreciation of history.

…when it is time to spend more time reading, painting, working out and doing things that have perhaps no real value other than pure enjoyment.

No, I am not retiring from professional speaking.

…I never plan to do so.

No, I am not planning to conclude my 16 years of service to the $52 billion Zions Bancorporation.

…one of the most highly regarded commercial banking enterprises in the nation, with banks in 10 states. I hope to serve as economic consultant to banks in four of the bank's states for as long as they find me useful… (OK, no wise cracks!)

A change

What I am doing (for those few who might actually care) is giving up control of the professional speaking portion of what I do…and allowing true professionals to handle it. They will handle all the paperwork, the expense billings, the sales process and the occasional “hassle.” Awesome!

When frequent inquiries to speak come into the office via telephone or email, the vast majority will be forwarded to my management team at San Diego-based SpeakersOffice, Inc. We will still maintain contact with a few select national clients, as well as handling inquiries for more “local” presentations.

Change for the better

After eight months of discussion, I am very fortunate to have accepted an invitation to join SpeakersOffice, Inc., considered by many to be the top business speaker management firm. The company's website is www.speakersoffice.com.

I will be SpeakersOffice's 14th speaker…and the only economist. I can truly say that of the top 10 “business topic” speakers who I am aware of, a majority is part of this team.

Looking forward

I have reached the ripe old age of 61. Both of my parents passed away last year. Such events do force one to consider health, longevity and priorities.

I have without doubt bored my wife, bored my adult kids and bored anyone else who might listen in recent years with what I consider three powerful truths about life as one gets older.

I believe the first truth was attributed to actor Warren Beatty. It suggests that when one cannot distinguish what one does for a living as being either work or play. That is a form of success.

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