Category Archives for Read

Tips for Boomers on Starting their Small Business

Our baby boomer generation is at a crossroads. We were brought up to believe that if we got a good education, worked hard and stayed loyal, we would be rewarded with a continuous career and the opportunity to pay off the mortgage, put the kids through school (without student debt) and retire comfortably. But the reality, […]

Read More:

Be a Better Leader and Avoid Getting Downsized

Boomers face the increasing perception that they are getting long in the tooth, and that younger managers are better prepared to lead project teams going forward. Yet the truth is that over 80% of corporate managers are not only ill-suited to their jobs, but their lack of leadership negatively impacts profitability, productivity and morale. By […]

Read More:

How To Prevent Failure For Boomers In an Uncertain World

Starting in the early 1990s, in the wake of the breakup of the Soviet Union, military strategists began to track and assess a geopolitical world with vastly different and challenging conditions. They distilled these forces into four central qualities: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous, and used the acronym “VUCA” to identify them. Boomers can benefit […]

Read More:

Why Boomers Make the Best Mentors

Being a good mentor not only makes sense from a pay-it-forward point of view, it also makes good business sense. Boomers have all the right ingredients to successfully mentor younger professionals to become successful leaders in their own right. Boomers have what it takes to seed and perpetuate the value they have gained through years […]

Read More:

Digital Natives & Anti-Boomer Discrimination

Are you a “Digital Native?” In recruiter-speak, according to journalist Vivian Giang, writing in Fortune, the term is no longer just a glib demographic reference to kids who grew up playing video games. It is code for excluding older candidates from applying for jobs deemed so dependent on their use of technology, that older generations […]

Read More:

Boomer Careers: How to Survive the Next 20 Years 

In 2035, the youngest Boomers will be 71. The oldest among us will be 89. What is it going to be like to look back from that vantage point? Hopefully, most of us will have figured out how to keep working as long as possible – certainly to 70, when the maximum Social Security benefits […]

Read More:

How To Shrink the Boomer/Employer Gap

Boomers are sending a very clear signal to the new economy: we are not “moving over” any time soon to cede our careers to younger generations. Traditional retirement at 65 is either unaffordable or irrelevant to a generation that either must keep working to survive, and/or wants to keep working to serve a meaningful and […]

Read More:

Don’t Rush Your Reinvention

When recovering from a career transition later in life, take the time to reflect on who you are and what you want before jumping into a new job or starting a new business or freelance practice. While we Boomers have lots of life experience, and the wisdom culled from making many valuable mistakes, pivoting to […]

Read More:

Crowdfunding & Your Encore Business Startup

Crowdfunding: it’s not just for kids, anymore. Those of us scratching our heads at the phenomenal $20 million raised by the upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch on Kickstarter, should recognize that not only is crowdfunding here to stay, it is also an important methodology to consider for Boomers looking to launch their own businesses.  While for […]

Read More:

Passion Without a Paycheck is No Retirement At All

Recently, CBS News ran a rosy report about retiree Seth Goldstein, a 75-year old inventor and retired engineer driven by a passion to create, who is hailed as “charting a course for the Baby Boomer generation” by reporter Julianna Goldman. To be accurate, Goldstein is actually older than the 51 – 69 year old Boomers. […]

Read More: