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Taking the Work Out of Networking
Karen Wickre isn’t a “work the room kind of person.” In our interview the former Silicon Valley veteran lays out her low-pressure approach to building and keeping a network that counts. LINK

Your Next Career is “All About the Network” 
“It’s all about the network. It’s always been about the network. 85 percent of jobs are filled through referrals, not through resumes.” Check in with career coach John Tarnoff. His book “Boomer Reinvention” is a no-nonsense reality check on the importance of your network when making career moves. LINK

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7 Insights About Ageism that May Surprise You
Diane Flynn at Reboot Accel has helped thousands of women relaunch careers. She attended the Ageist Conference and returned with these trends for workers over 50.

Did you know that people with a sense of purpose tend to live 7.5 years longer? Or that connecting with other generations may be easier than you think. LINK

Contentment is the Secret to Aging Well
Robert W. Goldfarb author of “What’s Stopping Me from Getting Ahead?” writes in the New York Times “If there is one characteristic common to friends who are aging with a graceful acceptance of life’s assaults, it is contentment.” LINK

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I had the opportunity to speak at the Ageist Conference last week in LA, a first-of-its-kind symposium to examine the economic and social impact of the modern 50+ demographic. What a dynamic, energized, well-connected community of people who want to change the world and live with purpose.

First, some facts about this market that shocked me. Did you know:

  • Women over 55 are the fastest growing age/gender workforce category. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Participation by men over 55 in the workforce is expected to decline by 3% in the next 10 years. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 74% of those over 65 plan to work, versus 14% in 1995. (Gallup Poll 2017)
  • There are now more people over 65 than under 5 worldwide, making the aging population the #1 biggest economic opportunity. (And women are the primary consumers in many categories)
  • People 50-plus will continue to grow over the next decade to the tune of 19 million, vs. a growth of only 6 million for the 18-49 population.

This means companies better take notice, both because their workforce will be older and because this demographic represents a huge market opportunity. 

Following are my 7 favorite insights from the speakers:

1) Don’t just design FOR us. Design WITH us. Paul Irving, Chairman of the Milken Center for the Future of Aging, emphasized the importance of human-centered design, and that designing the best products and services for this older generation absolutely MUST include the end-users in the process. 

2) People with a sense of purpose live 7.5 years longer. Purpose has more impact than any other intervention, like working out, vitamins, or healthy eating. In my coaching practice, I find that most people over 50 struggle to find purpose. I believe it’s why many women start their own entrepreneurial ventures, which provide meaning, flexibility, and social impact. 

3) If you’re 50, you may only be half-way through your adult life. Best-selling author Chip Conley had this realization as he joined the Airbnb executive team at 52. Since then, he has adopted new sports and adventures, in addition to founding the Modern Elder Academy in Baja where all ages can celebrate life with like-minded life-long learners. I am looking forward to co-hosting a women’s week there in January for those seeking reinvention. 

4) We must move from reverence to relevance, and relevance is equal parts wisdom and curiosity – Chip Conley’s guidance on how to work with those half your age. Relevance is earned by staying nimble and continually learning and growing. 

5) Be a peer of whomever you are with. This advice from Norman Lear at 95, who took up a new hobby every 2 years, is profound. Most people feel decades younger than they look, so connecting with multiple generations may be easier than you think. 

6) Change INvisible to IMvisible. Those over 50 often feel invisible, whether it’s being ignored by the media, advertisers, or the hiring manager. We all need to change that. A fellow panelist proudly displayed her beautiful long gray hair and said her mission is to change the narrative around appearance. Chip says that when we’re curious and passionate, the wrinkles fall away. We all have a responsibility to make ourselves relevant and visible, and each of us can do our part to shape the way this growing demographic is viewed.

7) “Where are the men?”  David Stewart, co-organizer of the Ageist Conference, asked this provocative question after looking at the audience, about 80% of whom were women. Why are so many women interested in finding purpose later in life? Speculation from the Financial Times suggests that women have more time after their children are grown, live longer and stay healthier than men, and their higher educational attainment (in absolute terms and relative to men) means that they are more likely to be in knowledge-based jobs that they can hold on to as they age. Perhaps women also feel more purpose. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, says, “What took me from the kitchen to Congress was knowing that one in five children in America lives in poverty. I just can’t stand that.” 

Diane Flynn is an avid reader, instructor, and coach helping women live lives of impact. As Cofounder and CEO of ReBoot Accel, she has helped thousands of women relaunch careers and consults with companies on best practices for supporting gender diversity in the workplace.

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David Allen: A Continuous State of Transformation
David has been in an ongoing state of transformation for the past 35 years. As the bestselling author of “Getting Things Done” (GTD) he took a leap four years ago and moved with his wife Kathryn to Amsterdam to start a new chapter. Part 1 of our interview. LINK

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David Allen author of Getting Things Done.

David Allen has been in an ongoing state of transformation for the past 35 years. As the bestselling author of ‘Getting Things Done (GTD) he took a leap four years ago and moved with his wife Kathryn to Amsterdam to start a new chapter. They radically changed how they ran their company and expanded the reach to a global network of trainers from their new home base.

Following is part 1 of an interview he did with us.

Milestones of Transformation

We had one transforming moment, when it looked like the book was going to be successful, it showed up that I had a choice to keep doing what I was doing, keynote speaking about the book, keeping it fairly small, or whether to scale it up since the world was knocking on our door. That was a big choice to make.

Neither of us are the best choice to run a company or manage people. That’s not what I do very well or what I want to do. We asked our small team if they wanted to do it and they said yes. We figured the only way to pull it off was to create partnerships and use technology. That was a big change.

It took me 25 years ‘to figure out what I figured out’ and then I wrote the book. I thought I would spend the rest of my life figuring out how to distribute it, transfer the system and get it to stick as an education model. That is not my area of expertise.

We tried with someone who stepped in to run the whole organization, but it wasn’t a fit. I guessed I’d have to figure out how to run this company myself. So, I read everything I could about management. I knew I was not the right guy to market something and to have full accountability and responsibility to run something.

I did know I had a lot of people in our organization who were hip and smart and I thought ‘wouldn’t it be great if I could figure out a way for the company to run itself?’, then I could be freed up to do what I do best.

I had that in my mind. Then I shared the stage with Brian Robertson at a Conscious Capitalism conference. He told me that he was a big champion of GTD and what it would be like to have an organization that could do that. It turned out that he had built a company around self-governing and organizing called Holocracy.

I wanted to do everything I could do to prove this wrong as fast as I can, because if it did work I didn’t want to wait another day. He had gotten religion around GTD and when he brought that into the company he was managing it was so easy to have ‘mind like water‘ (This refers to a mental and emotional state in which your head is clear, able to create and respond freely, unencumbered with distractions and split focus.) screwed up fast. As soon as you go from a 1 person company to 2 and then more, issues and challenges around staying clear, keeping your agreements, managing yourself and so forth is magnified exponentially.

Kathryn and I agreed that if this could work it would be what we needed, as we were ready to fold the company otherwise. The burden of management had become too much work. So we jumped in full bore and we’re still using that ‘operating system’ 7 years later.

That was a five year project. In this operating system there is no hierarchy only roles and responsibilities. It’s distributed authority in an elegant way, but it’s tough work. I always say it’s the worst way to run a company or the best thing anybody’s ever tried.

As we were doing that, our company became more virtual. My work was spreading around the world. So, we made a partnership with a company SMCOVE that knew how to build global franchise partnerships. We now officially have licensees certified for training in 60 countries. I found myself thrust into the global world.

“Let’s not get stale.”

In the meantime Kathryn and I were feeling a little antsy. We don’t have kids. We were seeing people a little older than us a little too sedentary. We were still active and healthy. We said “Let’s not get stale.” Let’s throw a dart and reinvent what we’re doing and the way we do it.  From that came, “Let’s move to Europe!” It became a “someday maybe” We weren’t quite ready to jump away from the physical office we had in Ojai at the time. But we planted the seed.

We lived in a fabulous little house, but it was a teardown when we bought it and we planted and made a lovely garden around it. We decided to put it on the market and knew it would be an emotional buy if at all. Gods little acre. The market was crap at the time. As we say in the south, “You can’t catch any fish without bait in the water.” Within two weeks a guy walked onto the property and said that’s exactly what I want and gave us what we were asking for it. We said “that’s a sign.”

We wanted to unhook from the US-centric consciousness as well. Little did we know what was coming. So it was an intuitive call.

We first got trainer wheels for the change. We found a townhouse in Santa Barbara, where we could bike to town. Santa Barbara has a European feel to it. We were there for three years and finally said let’s do it.

We loved Amsterdam and had been there before, but it could have been anywhere as long as it was close to an airport. It’s the San Francisco of Europe. They call it the republic of Amsterdam. It’s edgy enough and comfortable enough and everyone speaks english very well. It’s cheaper than London and warmer than Stockholm.

Part 2: They take the plunge and are in love with Amsterdam.

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In this episode we catch up with Jeff Tidwell, who is the CEO and Co-Founder of Next For Me, a resource that “connects and inspires our generation to evolve our post-50 lives through new work, a new purpose, or a new social contribution.”

Jeff shares his insights on the challenges and opportunities faced by the 50+ generation, the resources needed to overcome obstacles and shift careers or create an entrepreneurial path.

Jeff also discusses his own experiences as an entrepreneur and his key lessons so far.

Retirement Wisdom LLC is a new coaching company that helps successful people enhance their retirement transition experience with education, insights and actions, all designed to help them define and achieve their goals.

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