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July 1, 2014

Part-time Retirement – The Atlantic

In preparation for our new book on retirement coming out this fall, we continue to find more and more fascinating ways that individuals and companies are re-creating retirement.

This article in The Atlantic focuses on the wisdom of part-time retirement, specifically a program at the National Institutes of Health that allows older employees to stay on at 20 hours per week, retaining their expertise and providing a gentle on-ramp to long, costly retirements.

“The biggest piece is that we get to retain talent that would otherwise be leaving,” says Philip Lenowitz, the agency’s former deputy director of the Office of Human Resources, who also participates in the part-time retiree work program. The program also allows NIH workers to ease into retirement. “It’s a way to find out how to transition from not putting on a suit and tie every day,” Lenowitz adds.

Read the full article here.

 

 

 

June 21, 2014

June Newsletter – Small Risks

It’s finally summer!  The time of travel, expansion, growth, and experimentation.  Longer days offer more hours in the day for you…and extra time to start trying new things.

Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone can be frightening.  With that in mind, one of the most successful exercises we do at our Reboot Your Life workshops and retreats is called “Five Small Risks.”  It’s a way to challenge yourself in a non-stressful way.  Making change in your life doesn’t necessarily require a whole overhaul of your job and relationships – the beginning stirrings of change just require that you take a few manageable risks that bring in new interest and energy.  What we’ve seen is that other new ideas almost always immediately follow from these small, purposeful actions.

FIVE SMALL RISKS

  • Decide 5 New Foods You Will Try in a Restaurant or Cook at Home 
  • Go to 5 Movies You Might Never Have Considered 
  • Take 5 Different Routes to a Destination and Explore the Areas 
  • Try 5 New Forms of Exercise or Movement 
  • Plan 5 Different Exploratory Weekend Trips 
  • Call 5 New/Old Friends and Plan Something with Them 
  • Make up Your Own 5 Things….. 

Pick one category and do one of the five things each month until you have done them all.  Schedule it into your calendar.

Let us know what small risks you’re going to try this month!  You can post your ideas and plans on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages, or tweet us @RebootBreak.  We would love to track the effects of your new actions this summer – we know they will be meaningful!

April 30, 2014

Brooklyn 2014 Reboot Your Life Retreat ~ Authenticity

“The retreat provided connection, community, tools, and a plan.”

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“At the retreat, I found self discovery, exploration, insight, ideas from others, great people, developing relationships, fun, laughter and learning. It was an amazing and joyful experience.”

 “The single biggest way to move forward in life is to envision change in a supportive atmosphere—and that is the substance of the Reboot Your Life Retreat.”

 “The workshop exceeded my expectations! The four Reboot Partners have such great synchronicity. I’ve attended other workshops, and this one is truly one of the best. Great teachings, great interactive exercises, great direction. Thank you.”

Those are but a few of the quotes from participants after the April 2014 Reboot Your Life Retreat in Brooklyn, NY. This was an outstanding group of women and men who nurtured each other from when we sat down for introductions on Friday afternoon to when we parted after lunch on Sunday. There was so much sharing and caring all around as everyone contemplated and began to plan their next chapter. Hard work too, as we went through the content of the sessions and workbook.

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Some participants were planning a Reboot Break from work or a reinvention. Others were in a pre-retirement designing phase. Despite that and an age diversity, the issues were similar – as we always find at these Retreats – so the group was exploring and discovering together.

Every Retreat group has its own personality, and a theme emerges. The theme of this retreat turned out to be authenticity.  Everyone came to realize that they want to be their authentic selves in their professional and personal lives, and especially going forward in designing and living their next chapter. There’s a freedom in that.

BK2014TablePic2The setting was lovely at Rita’s Brooklyn brownstone home. Rain was predicted but we had sunshine and even spent some time in the garden.

We had fun too. One member is a singer, and we had an impromptu dance party in Rita’s kitchen one night to the sounds of his CD. Another member shared his cooking skills, with great roast chicken, fennel salad, roasted potatoes, and cake. In fact, all the meals were healthy and excellent. Watch for recipes on our blog soon!

Everyone said their expectations for the Retreat had been met or exceeded. Certainly strong bonds were formed, and there were “aha” moments and new personal plans made. We Reboot Partners were thrilled with the whole enterprise and can’t wait for the next 2014 Retreats in Sag Harbor August 15-17 and Cape Cod October 10-12. Join us!!

April 16, 2014

April Newsletter – Volunteer Travel Trip to Morocco!

In our book, Reboot Your Life, we often talk about the idea of volunteering when traveling or on sabbatical.  Recently, Reboot Partner Cathy Allen, along with her husband and nine others, went on a two week trip to Morocco – as part one of many Passport to Folk Art Trips led by the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market to the countries of the folk artists represented in the market.  All of the Reboot Partners have a strong connection to this incredible Folk Art market and volunteer every year to mentor and assist the artists (as depicted in on our blog.)  These special trips are a chance to meet the folk artists and their families in their own villages – to get to see more of their work up-close as well as the environment where they create it – and to combine important volunteer work with a fascinating travel experience.

Cathy and the group got to experience the diverse climates of the region – from snow in the High Atlas Mountains to sweeping sand dunes in Erfoud to 90 plus degree weather in Marrakesh. They explored the winding narrow alleys of the Fez and Marrakesh medinas, rode camels to and from a tent camp in the Sahara, and toured palaces and museums and kasbahs from the 8th century forward.

Part of the Market volunteer effort is to get the senior government and corporate leaders in the host countries to support their artists as well as focus on economic sustainability and preservation of the traditional arts, and the trip was a great success in that goal. Cathy met with a number of women leaders in the country when she spoke at the Moroccan Women Corporate Directors meeting, and with the head of the International Women’s Forum in Casablanca.  The group got commitment from a number of senior people to help with Moroccan folk artists.

The most exciting and rewarding part of the trip, however, was meeting with the artists and seeing their work….and of course, supporting them by buying their art!  The group went to Sefrou to visit Amina Yabis and the Women’s Button Cooperative. Amina knew that Moroccan women needed to have access to the cash economy and economic life of their community to participate in public life outside of the home. She established Golden Buttons with the help of the US Peace Corps to develop a literacy campaign for women and girls (half in Morocco are illiterate) to learn to read and write Arabic.

They also met with Fatima Akachmar of Cooperative Adwal in Rabat El Kheir, created to preserve the weaving tradition. Supported by the Moroccan Ministry of Artisans, they formed a cooperative where many women from the community, all single, divorced or uneducated, have been recruited to train to become master weavers.  The trip was full of these artist visits as well as to the medina and souks of Marrakesh.

Nine rugs and lots of beautiful folk art later, Cathy and Paul struggled with their bags home. Two former Reboot Your Life retreat attendees were on the trip as well and all were amazed at the quality of folk art, the friendliness of the people, and the beauty and variety of the landscape.

It was a wonderful example of how you can combine travel interests, nonprofit volunteer work, and a love of being with friends into a combined package!

April 9, 2014

SAP and “Social Sabbaticals”

We were very interested to see this article about SAP - one of our interviewees for our 1st book!  It highlights the company’s program of giving “social sabbaticals” to retain tomorrow’s leaders:

“93 percent of CEOs acknowledge that they need to change their strategies to attract and retain new talent (previous surveys have indicated the same realization), but less than a third have acted on these plans.”

Read the full article here.