Don’t Become One of the Working Retired

July 18, 2022
Executive Coaching

A “working retired” person refers to someone who still collects a paycheck from a company but has really “checked out” in terms of the work they do. They’ve slowed down, feel a bit entitled and as a result, become less productive.


The term is self-explanatory and these individuals are seen by the leader of the organization and other team members, but not necessarily the person who is a member of the WRC (Working Retired Club). I made that term up. There’s no such organization.


Now I want to point out some indicators that, although you may be very productive, you are starting to lean toward being part of the WRC. It’s when you start talking about retirement or your age. It’s when you start to point out differences between you and younger generations. It’s when each day seems to be more taxing than ever before.


So what if you need to work several more years to set up a good retirement? Consider developing a different attitude and not worrying about your age. It’s what you contribute and have passion for, not how old you are.


If you were slipping into the WRC, start tomorrow with a more positive attitude. You still have much to contribute to your organization.



This does NOT mean that you don’t have a plan if you are close the retiring and want to set up your position for success in the future. A SP (succession plan) should always be in place so that proper training and a smooth transition are offered.

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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