what's your problem?

I am a few months away from retirement, a fact that my company is well aware of. I think they are keen to get in some fresh blood to replace me as finance director. But as my retirement approaches, I've realised that a life of golf or gardening doesn't appeal to me and that I like my job and would like to stay.

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I don't know how to approach this with my company, or even whether I should bring it up. What do you think?

A: Here's another instance (see above) where keeping things unsaid could be in everybody's interest. The likely, uncomfortable truth is this: although your retirement may be regretted, it will not be resisted. You can put this to the test very easily. Tell your CEO that you hate the thought of giving up all work, so after you retire you plan to open up as a freelance financial adviser. You'd be extremely grateful if he or she would write you a reference.

As with the case above, how he/she responds will tell you everything you need to know. You may suffer initial disappointment - but I suspect that a new life as an independent, even if slightly scary, could be a much better bet than clinging on where you are.

- Jeremy Bullmore has been creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London and a non-executive director of the both Guardian Media Group and WPP.

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