Reinvention Career Coach
Bestselling Author & Speaker
You'll be part of a team of committed, like-minded professionals who share your ambition to create an effective and realistic plan to set your second-act career in motion.
A 4-person career coaching group is a small enough to keep the session manageable, while also giving you the benefit of everyone's experience and insights.
The Boomer Reinvention™ methodology is a proven framework based on
to help turn your career mindset around, and position you for a sustainable 21st century career.
(A word of encouragement: Your second-act career is already inside you!)
Journaling. I recommend a simple, compelling technique using a brief daily journal to help unlock your hidden career potential, and track your progress along the way.
Using Feedback. Applying outside perspectives to your career process can be invaluable, and you'll learn how to productively engage with trusted friends and advisers to help shape and guide your career process.
Mission Statement. You'll learn how to take your value proposition, and turn it into a compelling statement of purpose, focusing and energizing your career plan.
Career Relationship Funnel. This is a sensible technique to effectively categorize your contacts and activate your network to get optimum results from your networking activities.
Reframing. Turning a "negative" into a "positive" has many applications and many benefits. You'll learn two specific techniques that can apply to your career.
Optimizing Your Profile. What value do you actually provide in the career marketplace? You'll learn how to clarify and communicate the unique value proposition that you offer.
Affirmation Statement. Working with written affirmations is a powerful way to re-program your habits and bolster your confidence. Using this technique effectively can be a powerful foundation for your next career phase.
Thought Leadership. In today's digital world, "standing out" means you have to "stand up" and be heard! Using social media to share opinions, engage with other professionals, and advance your own agenda and vision is a key skill you'll want to leverage as part of your career strategy.
"Working with John helped clarify my value and my business brand, and position me for the new opportunities that have come my way.."
Julie C. // Broadway Producer/Theater Executive
"Over the months I spent working with John, he helped me refocus my attention and energy towards better defining the unique value I offer my company. I learned to advance their agenda while also advancing my own, essentially reinventing my role there."
Michael I. // Automotive Industry Product Specialist & Team Leader
"As a 60 year old recovering banker with a recent health issue, I've had a tough time getting back to work. I felt like "you're too senior for the role" just meant I was too old... If you fill out all the worksheets and do the diary (they're on point and sometimes painfully revealing) you come away feeling, in fact, re-invented - and motivated to execute a much improved plan."
Jon A. // EVP Strategy, Finance & Energy Sectors
"John's process delivers a structure with real problem-solving tasks based on sound reasoning and exercises that are thought through and tested. His generosity and hard-working style gave me a tool kit that was a hell of a lot more than rhetoric. After ten sessions, I did make a turnaround in my approach to my business and career."
Clayton C. // Consultant, Cultural & Community Program Designer
Prepare for Session 1: Journaling.
Start your Reinvention Journal. After our call, and before our first session, I'll send you the guidelines for how to keep your Reinvention Journal - a (brief) valuable daily exercise to track ideas, as well as receive inspiration, guidance, and solutions from your own inner knowing.
Downloadable:Reinvention Journal Handout
Session 1: Welcome!
In our first call, you'll meet your fellow participants, introduce yourself, share your goals for the program, and a bit about what brought you to the program. Then you'll talk about your experience with the Journal process, and share some ideas, and aspirations with the group. Then, we'll go over your assignment for Session 2: completing two Reframing exercises to help you open your mind to new ideas, and take a step away from old thinking patterns that may be holding you back and preventing you from considering new opportunities.
Downloadable:Reframing Exercises Handout & Worksheets
Session 2: Reframing
You'll share your takeaways from working on the Reframing exercises, as well as any ideas, insights as well as obstacles, questions, or concerns that came up in your Journaling. For Session 3, you'll be picking one or more colleagues, close friends, or advisors to engage in constructive feedback sessions. This will help give you an outside perspective on who you are and what you've accomplished - as well as guidance and pointers for your career strategy.
Downloadable: Constructive Feedback Handout
Session 3 will take place two weeks after Session 2 in order to give you enough time to complete the feedback work. The more meetings you can arrange, the more information you'll have to work with. You'll start Session 3 with any updates and/or takeaways from your Journaling, and then launch into your feedback experience. For Session 4, you'll shift your attention to your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is your new resume. But it is also your personal branding page - your opportunity to encapsulate who you are, and to better present yourself in the new light you want to create for your reinvented professional self. I'll be distributing some guidelines for how you'll want to update your profile for the following session.
Downloadable:LinkedIn Profile Handout
After you've done your preliminary LinkedIn update, we'll bring it up in the session to discuss, and to get the feedback from the group. The goal will be to make the profile even more targeted and more personal, as a way to "get above the noise" and create a unique and arresting value proposition that your target market (people who could be helpful to you on LinkedIn) will value take note of. You'll take these notes and for the next session complete the final draft of your LinkedIn profile.
This will be your final opportunity to discuss the changes and evolution to your LinkedIn profile, and to become more grounded and more confident in the value proposition and message that the profile is communicating to prospective employers, partners, investors, colleagues, advisors, and supporters. For Session 6, based on the work you've done with your LinkedIn profile, you'll create a Mission Statement for your future career vision, as well as an Affirmation Statement to energize that vision. I'll be distributing guidelines for these activities.
Downloadables: Mission Statement & Affirmation Statement Handouts
After sharing any updates and/or Journaling insights, you'll share your Mission Statement and Affirmation Statement with the group for support and feedback, and we'll discuss how to use the LinkedIn profile, the Mission Statement,and the Affirmation Statement as support for your networking strategy, based on the Boomer Reinvention concept of creating a Career Relationship Funnel. I'll be distributing the guidelines on this for you to review and begin to set up over the coming week, including initial prospecting on LinkedIn, and in-person networking groups or professional organizations that you could connect to.
Downloadables:Career Relationship Funnel Handout & Relationship Career Funnel Planner
After the customary update and Journaling check-in, you'll share your progress with setting up your Career Relationship Funnel, including any questions or obstacles you may have encountered that the group may be able to help with. For Session 8, which will take place two weeks after this one, you'll be continuing to implement your networking strategy, including attending at least one in-person networking event, and connecting with between five and ten new people on LinkedIn.
This session will largely be dedicated to debriefing the networking experiences you had over the prior two weeks, including any discomfort you experienced, or, conversely, any successes or breakthroughs you had. Support from the group is important, here, and this is one place where the value of working to support your fellow participants will yield significant support and results. This week, you'll be getting your final assignment, which is to create a Thought Leadership strategy, including personal blog posts and/or a social media curation plan.
Downloadable: Thought Leadership Strategy Handout
These last two sessions will be about your ongoing career reinvention practice. You will have had the chance to set up the process that is going to lead to a successful second act career. You'll continue to Journal, and network, and to start your thought leadership practice. We'll use the session to discuss your experiences and to support and fine-tune your approach. On the basis of creating your thought leadership strategy, your assignment for the final session will be to begin work on your first blog post, or to start collecting the articles that you'll be sharing on your social media profiles.
You've arrived at the final session! It's time to assess the progress you've made over the course of the program, discuss your strategy going forward, and to set some clear intentions for your next actions, and what you would like to achieve over the coming three to six months.
The Boomer Reinvention book has been a valuable resource for thousands of people, but it does not have the targeted focus that a defined weekly Program can provide. While I encourage you to read the book and get all of the value out of it, this Program is what is going to get you "off the couch" and into an actionable career plan.
Four people over the course of an hour strikes a balance between your overall time commitment to the session, and your opportunity to share your experiences. Any more people and the group would go on too long. Fewer people won't give you the benefit of other people's experience, or their valuable feedback.
You can expect to spend approximately 20 minutes/day on your journal. Other assignments can be as little as an hour/week. The most intensive assignment will be the Feedback meetings that you'll set up and take with trusted colleagues/friends to get their outside perspective on your strengths, challenges, and opportunities.
Yes! By definition, this is a program that you tailor to your experience and to your goals. It is an internal process that relates to any business. If you're feeling good on the inside, your experience will reflect that on the outside. The Boomer Reinvention methodology is about you figuring out what turns you on at this point in your life, and helps you define that value proposition so you can take it out and represent it in the business world.
Each session will be recorded, and these recordings will be available to you for the duration of the Program. If you miss a session, you will have access to the recording.
Note that to respect confidentiality, the recordings will only be accessible to the 4 participants, and will be deleted 30 days after the conclusion of the Program.
You'll receive the following downloadable course materials - and these are yours to keep.
Absolutely! By getting a clearer sense of who you are and what you're looking for, you will come across as prepared, confident, and directed. Remember: you don't want to get just any job offer, only the ones that really spark your interest, and where you can be most effective (and most appreciated!).
For most of us over 50, the prospects for continued employment past 60 are looking dimmer and dimmer. Ageism has a lot to do with it, along with the cultural and institutional tradition that says we're just supposed to "move over" and retire at this point. So for the vast majority of us who want to keep working, we're going to have to figure out this next "act" in the "play" of our careers. If the work that we've done up until now is our "first act," then the next phase of that work - or the pivot to something new - is going to be the "second act."
I understand that working with a career coach may be a sensitive topic, and that you may be reluctant or uncomfortable sharing information with 3 other people you haven't met before.
Each participant will electronically sign and agree to a confidentiality statement as part of their Coaching Agreement, in which they agree to not discuss any issues or topics (or names) that come up in our sessions.
Additionally, as your coach and facilitator, I will be able to advise you in our sessions on how to share the underlying essence of what you need to discuss or work on, without getting into details.
Remember that each person in the group is dealing with their own set of challenges, and that, at the end of the day, you are all opening up together, and so you need to be supporting one another - including the confidentiality of what's discussed.
In my experience, shared participation like this promotes a positive bond that everyone is willing to respect.
There is no question that everyone works at a different pace. The beauty and the value of a group program lies precisely in the diversity of experience that each person brings to the table. If you have more extensive experience in, and awareness of, career development skills and procedures, and/or are just diving in faster than the others, then my 1-on-1 work with you will more than keep you challenged and on-track. Your role, then, will be as a leader to help inspire and support the rest of the group - which, as leadership tends to do - will raise the bar even more on the work you have to do to meet your own goals.
My mission is to help late-career professionals transition to meaningful and sustainable careers beyond traditional retirement.
Fired 39% during my 35 years as a film producer, studio executive and tech entrepreneur, I began my career reinvention at age 50 in 2002, earning a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology to focus on education and training.
This transition brought me back to entertainment, where I served as Head of Show Development for DreamWorks Animation from 2003-2009, developing culture-changing creative leadership, training, and college recruiting programs. I currently also co-run an entertainment management graduate program for Carnegie Mellon University based in Los Angeles.
My book, Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50, launched as a No.1 Bestseller on Amazon in February 2017. In the months since, I have been invited to speak across the country, including San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, Town Hall Seattle, the Chicago Public Library, The Atlantic/Humana's "New Old Age" conference, and for a number of university alumni groups. In September, I was honored as a Top Influencer in Aging by PBS/NextAvenue.