Baby Boomers as well as members of the Silent Generation who are still working have lots of reflect on in the unraveling of Jack Welch. FORTUNE columnist Alan Sloan opines, "Now Welch has lost his game."
And, game is everything. When professionals are not on it, they become caricatures of what they used to be. In a weekend and a few days, Welch disintegrated from an icon to a type of King Lear character raging on the heath.
In court we observe partners who also have lost their game. They use tactics, body language, and facial gestures which might have been effective in a different time. Instead those on their team cringe. But because of the partner's power in the firm, he or she is still the lead attorney in a trial.
How do we know it's time to go gently into the night? If there were an easy answer to that there would be no meltdowns like that of Welch. On "Boston Legal," Denny Crane certainly didn't know, did he.