Category Archive: Encore Dreams

May 12

A Personal Update

I started this particular blog as a place to share my thoughts about innovation in higher education. Over time, I began posting more on positive psychology and encore careers, which became increasingly important to me, both as subjects of study and as areas that support my work as an executive coach. Indeed, although I enjoy …

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Dec 10

One More Boundary Condition in the Encore Stage

In addition to the three boundary conditions I discussed in my last post (financial considerations, health, and family circumstances), perhaps I should add a fourth:  Some encore dreams may require or benefit from additional education and training.  Seeking a certification, or even a complete college degree, may make sense, when one considers the potential scope …

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Nov 27

Boundary Conditions in the Encore Stage

In my last post, I mentioned that many people approaching or already in the encore stage of life have boundary conditions they need to consider in planning their future.  In my experience, these boundary conditions tend to relate to financial issues (e.g., limited income and savings), health concerns, or family considerations. With regard to financial …

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Nov 05

Reflections After Presenting Encore Career Workshops

I wish more people were familiar with the term “encore career,” or the “encore stage of life.”  It is that time when one has the opportunity to make fresh choices for the future; to reflect on what brings energy and a sense of excitement, and an opportunity to design the future life you want.  In …

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Sep 23

Seeking a Little More in the Encore Stage

I’m looking for an extra 5%.  As I’ve written before, staying positive takes some work for me.  I “think too much,” make lists, and try to anticipate (and head off) things that might go wrong.  (To put a positive spin on it, risk management may be one of my strengths!)  Like most people of my …

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Mar 20

A Reality Check

  “Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on.”  (Mike Royko)   No one who is in touch with reality is happy all the time; difficult times come to everyone.  I’m not a fan …

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Mar 14

My Personal Theme Song

I have a theme song:  “Birdland,” by Joe Zawinul.  The composition honored a famous jazz club, also called Birdland, as well as the great jazz musician Charlie “Bird” Parker.  The version I know best is by the late jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, and I either listen to it or play it in my head, before …

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Mar 07

A Restless, Intentional Soul

In my own mind, I am “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”  Unfortunately, those words were used to describe Lord Byron, who seems to have been much more dangerous than I.  Here I am, exploring the encore stage, after a career as a professor and university administrator.  Like Walter Mitty, perhaps, I sometimes live in …

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Feb 07

Gratitude and the Positivity Ratio

Gratitude is a personal experience, although it can be shared.  In my last post, I wrote about my appreciation for the “semi-structured” way I am able to live, placing it in the context of my transition to the so-called encore stage of life.  However, I want to emphasize that our lives can be full of …

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Jan 31

A Personal Take on Gratitude and the Encore Stage

A friend describes me as “the most intentional person she knows.”  I don’t exactly experience my life in that way, but I do know that I was intentional about working the transition from my former life to the life I live now.  I walked my talk, I suppose, by developing a life portfolio and using …

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