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May 3, 2011

Reboot Your Life Article in Life Science Leader Magazine

Co-Author Cathy Allen’s article: Burned Out? You Might Just Need a Reboot Break was recently published in Life Science Leader Magazine.

Cathy asserts that scheduled downtime for employees may be the key to re-invigorating the financial services industry.  She cites a number of financial institutions that are offering, or are beginning to offer, corporate sabbaticals, such as Capital One Financial Corp, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Citizens Financial Group, and Goldman Sachs.  For more information on Reboot Partners’ offerings for businesses of all kinds, visit our For Organizations page!

April 20, 2011

Reboot Your Life featured in BAI Banking Strategies

Check out co-author Catherine Allen’s article“Burned Out? You Might Just Need a Sabbatical”, featured on the BAI Banking Strategies website.

Cathy asserts that scheduled downtime for employees may be the key to re-invigorating the financial services industry.  She cites a number of financial institutions that are offering, or are beginning to offer, corporate sabbaticals, such as Capital One Financial Corp, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Citizens Financial Group, and Goldman Sachs.  For more information on Reboot Partners’ offerings for businesses of all kinds, visit our For Organizations page!

February 18, 2011

The Glasshammer Article

You will enjoy reading this article on The Glasshammer about how financial services executive Margaret Schramm Horn used some of her unexpected sabbatical time to volunteer in Haiti with Foundation for Peace.

Margaret does a wonderful job explaining that lessons learned on sabbaticals very much tie back to leadership skills at work!

February 9, 2011

Work Flexibility In Law Firms

Can Law Firms Offer the Same Flexibility as Accounting Firms?

Co-Author Rita Foley found this article from the American Bar Association Journal and had this response:

“I have been researching sabbaticals for the past three years and there are lots of examples of law firms, from small to over 900 partners who offer formal sabbatical programs.  Sherman & Sterling, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and Foster Pepper, just to name a few.

For all those lawyers who say ‘I could never take a sabbatical, my client wouldn’t allow it’, one partner from Cleary Gottlieb told me that sabbaticals actually help neutralize the ego factor: ‘It’s not healthy for the firm if a client gets too dependent on just one person.’  They have proven that there are ways to serve that client well while the person is out for a couple of months.”

For more on sabbaticals, please visit our Events page.

October 30, 2009

BAI Banking Strategies Magazine Article

Reboot Your Life Retreats and the “Unexpected Sabbatical” are featured in a new article by Orla O’Sullivan in the BAI Banking Strategies Magazine An excerpt:

Regardless of the current state of the job market, unemployed bankers face common issues. One is whether to use the layoff as a kind of sabbatical to plot out the second act of your career or to simply grab the first job that comes along.

“Don’t run to the first job,” advises Santa Fe Group CEO Catherine Allen, who suggests that unemployed bankers instead give themselves “the gift of time” to think about their future. Coincidental with the financial crash last fall, Allen was co-authoring a book on sabbaticals when her publisher saw the need to include discussion of the unplanned sabbatical – being fired.

As part of that research, Allen and her colleagues this year began running periodic career “reboot” retreats around the country. The idea behind these sessions is that spending a weekend reflecting on your options can help clarify what to do next. There are exercises designed to show where your passions lie and who or what blocks you from pursuing them. Funding a career change or time off is also covered.

Annie Searle, for example, embarked on a month-long train journey around the country after being laid off from the failed Washington Mutual Inc. (WaMu) in March. Searle, who had been WaMu’s senior vice president and divisional executive in charge of enterprise risk, attended Allen’s reboot retreat in Santa Fe as part of that trip.

“It confirmed for me that I was on the right track,” Searle says, crediting the retreat with imparting the need for better work/life balance. The privacy and relaxation of her train journey also allowed her to work on the key question: “If I could do whatever I wanted, what would it be?”

She has subsequently started up her own consulting company advising various industries on preparing for disasters, such as, H1N1 influenza (Swine Flu). But she credits the train journey and reboot retreat with giving her enough breathing room to plot out her next move. “Time slows down on a train,” Searle says.

You can read the full article here