Category Archive: Encore Careers

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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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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Dec 17

More on Introverts and Extraverts: Opportunities in the Encore Stage

I want to follow up on my last post, about introverts and extraverts.  One of my coaching clients is an introvert who functions well in our extraverted world.  She told me that reading Susan Cain’s Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking resonated with her more than anything she’d read …

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Dec 06

Entrepreneurship in the Encore Stage

Entrepreneurship is one of the major themes that appear in articles on encore careers.  It makes sense.  If one is ready to leave past employment, but wants to continue generating income, the time may be ideal to start a small business.  The experience, relationships, and passion to make a difference that people in the encore …

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Nov 28

The Relationship Between a Life Portfolio and Well-Being

The notion of an encore stage suggests energy, possibility and a sense of optimism.  The term implies something special, but essentially the most fundamental goal is the same as for any other stage of life:  We want to flourish. Flourishing is the notion described by Martin Seligman, in his work on the goals of positive …

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Nov 09

Emotional Adjustments at the Encore Stage Transition

I’ve written before about the fact that the encore stage transition has its challenges.  Time management, for example, is different in the encore, where there is no full-time job or other formal responsibilities to provide structure.  Even if one pursues an encore career, the flow or balance of work and other activities is likely to …

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