Over the last couple of days I have been starting the process of cleaning out my office.  Here is a picture of me in action:


It has been very therapeutic to get started on this purge because now it seems real this new stage of life that I am transitioning to.  I have been so busy wrapping things up at work the last several weeks that I have not really had much time to start the tangible process of cleaning and moving.

I have stripped the walls of all my pictures, plaques, etc and have moved them to my new little office just a few blocks from my house.  My reference books, investment books, leadership books, cartoon books (yes, I actually have two books of economic cartoons written by the only practicing economics comedian), and other miscellaneous books have all been moved.  Gone in my downtown Minneapolis office are all the trappings of my personality and now it is just becoming an empty office.  My new little office, which just a week ago looked pretty empty and bare is now starting to come to life with pictures, books (the cartoon books survived the purge), and other furnishings to make it my new home.

This downsizing also symbolizes for me a reduction in the constant stress of leading a large investment organization, stress that is there even when I go home at night.  I believe I have handled this stress well, but others who have proceeded me on this journey have told me you don’t even realize how much stress you had until you downsize it.

I have five more days left in my old office, a few more boxes to move, a few more performance reviews to write, and a few more hugs and goodbyes and then I will be embarking on my new adventures!


A Boomer In Transition

One thought on “Downsizing

  1. Dean – You seem to be more casual and less driven, all of which is a good way to go. I admire the priorities that you have set for yourself as you move on in another phase of your life. You are busy and seem to be accomplishing much, but at a nice tempo. You are a good example for all of us. But, don’t forget to leave time in your new, well organized life, for Carter!!!


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