All Posts by John

Boomers Start Here: How to Reframe

With increasing regularity, late-career professionals are hitting a wall in their fifties. Whether they’ve been summarily let go, bought out of their jobs, or are unwilling to retire, baby boomers often find themselves at a career crossroads, unsure of their next steps. Low retirement savings, increased longevity, and unexpected family responsibilities (to adult children and/or […]

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Why Millennials Act Entitled

Management and leadership guru Simon Sinek explains with compassion but no pity why millennials behave as they do – often alienating older generations who think of them as entitled and narcissistic. He points out that millennials (at least in theU.S.) were raised to feel special, and shielded against the real world by “helicopter” parents.  I […]

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Be of Service

If you’ve lost a job or a business after many years, you may well feel completely adrift, but to be of service to others at this challenging time may be a way to find yourself and to get re-inspired. Even after the requisite amount of time grieving over the loss, there is likely a period […]

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Get Fired? How Boomers Can Take the New “High Road”

What’s the first thing you should do when you get fired?  I’ll bet “post on social media” is not what comes to mind. Yet that’s exactly what Sree Sreenivasan, savvy gen-x tech journalist, Columbia professor, and, until recently, Chief Digital Officer at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, did when he got fired from this high-profile […]

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Blunt Talk Podcast: Beating the Odds on Reinvention

Gino Arcaro has turned his name into an acronym for Good Inspiring News Only. He is the producer and host of the Blunt Talk podcast. That should give you an idea of what this dedicated author, football coach and gym owner in Welland, Ontario, is all about. A committed seeker of truth and wisdom, Gino was a […]

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Meaningful Work vs. Traditional Retirement

This goes to the heart of my practice – questioning the assumption that our goal as we get into our 50s and 60s is to “retire.”  The more I look at our economic status and our lifestyle – or maybe it’s our cultural identity, I can’t help but feel like the concept of retirement is […]

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Home-Based Business Ideas for Boomers

For baby boomers looking to get out of corporate America, starting a small home-based business  may be one of the best ways to get yourself back in the professional saddle. Home-based businesses are often easy to start and require little capital outlay, making them an ideal investment for first-time entrepreneurs. Leveraging the Internet is the common […]

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Career Change: Adaptability is Key

 Check out my interview with Jim Rembach’s FastLeader podcast. Jim is building a great resource on leadership and management skills across many disciplines and points of view. When discussing career change, I think it’s important to ease people’s anxieties about the process. It is, of course, a very delicate proposition, particularly for people who have […]

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Start Your Second-Act Career with a ROBS Rollover

Resources abound for individuals looking to start a new business for a second-act career, from multiple loans options to crowdfunding, etc. But the Rollovers for Business Start-ups (ROBS) strategy stands out as a unique opportunity for older business owners who are looking to manage the risk associated with a new start-up. At first blush, I […]

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