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Ageless Aging: Living Fully with a HEROIC Mindset By Marie Zimenoff

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Ageless Aging: Living Fully with a HEROIC Mindset By Marie Zimenoff

With the “silver tsunami” describing dramatic demographic changes, reimagining choices about careers, retirement, and aging requires a HEROIC Mindset. Adopting a spirit of “ageless aging” retires tired norms of how we’re supposed to be. By adopting six actions we can reframe our “what’s next,” and live more fully with a greater sense of control. On this episode of the Career Confidante, host Marie Zimenoff welcomes careers-industry expert Rich Feller who will introduce the notion of “ageless aging,” walk through six actions to find new possibilities, and explain how a HEROIC mindset is the best insurance against change at work, learning, or loving. Regardless of our age we all have similar needs, a desire to seek more options, and a common aim to be more complete. Rich has a wealth of information and unending passion for this topic … this is a show you don’t want to miss!

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Thinking about career transition? Here’s how to plan ahead By Marie Zimenoff

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Thinking about career transition? Here’s how to plan ahead By Marie Zimenoff

Did you know that most people spend more time planning vacations than their careers? With the responsibility of career advancement and career change being placed more and more on individuals, the corporate ladder truly being a thing of the past, it is time to start taking charge of your career. On this episode of the Career Confidante, educator and change agent Sophia Marshall joins host Marie Zimenoff to get serious about career transition. Join in to learn how to make the most of your career transition, learn about yourself, create a meaningful career, and set yourself up for job search success … all by applying some practical advice!

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Employability in the 21st Century: How to Prepare for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet By Hemda Mizrahi and Christopher Bishop

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Employability in the 21st Century: How to Prepare for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet By Hemda Mizrahi and Christopher Bishop

Now on his eighth career, Christopher Bishop speaks, writes, and consults on the topic of “improvising careers.” He joined me on “Turn the Page” to provide guidance on how you can prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet. Chris stresses the importance of devoting time now to work toward what you’ll be doing next—your employability depends on it!

He suggests:

1. “In the next 30 years, we will experience breakthroughs in education, mobility, communication, healthcare and energy to name a few – they will seem like *magic* to us sitting here in 2016. Get ready!”

2. “The new job landscape will be driven by the intersection of historically unrelated disciplines – take nanopharmacology as a concrete example; lunar tour guide if you want a more far-fetched postulation.”

3. “Given the rate and pace at which business and global economics is evolving – you must be prepared to learn new skills but understand that you also need to UNLEARN and RELEARN – to stay viable and employable.”

4. “Fortunately, there are many more options for obtaining new skills than ever before – lots of publicly available learning assets including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses), TED talks, insightful blogs, e-books, and Meet Ups.”

5. “I know that increasing AMBIGUITY can be scary and off-putting – but try to learn to embrace it! We have no other choice.”

6. “Stay ahead of the curve in terms of TECH and BUSINESS – chase the maelstrom and be always at the edge – then you will be viewed as a valuable contributor.”

7. “Access tactical advice on how to apply my Three Secret Ingredients – Antenna, Voice and Mesh – through the presentation I delivered at the World Future Society annual conference in DC last July. Here is a link. It is called *How to Succeed at Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet.”

8. The key to innovation is connecting unlikely dots – check out my post on LinkedIn – “The Maxwell Approach: connecting unlikely dots to drive innovation”

9. “Share the guidance and historical perspective I provide for recent graduates who have landed jobs at big companies – “6 Tips for GenZs at dinosaurs”

10. “Check out Cambridge professor Carlotta Perez’s book “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital” for more insight into the cycles of innovation, and adoption that have been occurring for the past 350 years.”

11. “Read this great piece in the NY Times by Steven Rattner called “Fear Not the Coming of the Robots,” in which he cites Queen Elizabeth refusing a patent for an automated knitting machine in 1589 for fear it would put her poor subjects out of work.”

Keep up with Chris’s insights and guidance by following him on Twitter @chrisbishop, visiting his website, www.improvisingcareers.com , and inviting him to speak at your event on the topic of *How to Succeed at Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet!”

Listen to my conversation with Chris to learn more about how the landscape of work is being reinvented and what that means for you!


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Jaye Smith, M.A., educator, author, consultant, coach, and Co-founding Partner of Reboot Partners, joined me on “Turn the Page” to provide guidance on how you can “Reboot Your Life at 60+” and plan for your next chapter. Listen to our conversation to find out about some the universal fears and struggles that people over 60 share around the world, and how you can look toward your future with greater confidence and ease.

Jaye spoke with me after the show to share exercises that have supported thousands of “Reboot Partner’s” readers and retreat participants in approaching their lives with a fresh perspective. Here are three to get you started:

“A number of us get stuck in doing things the same old way. That thinking and approach makes it hard to reinvent ourselves as we plan for a new chapter in our lives. In order to have a new experience, we need to find ways to OPEN UP OUR PERSPECTIVE.

When needing a breakthrough or a shift in perspective, we recommend trying out this exercise. We call it “Taking Little Risks.” What little risks can you take to begin to have new eyes about your day-day life and long-term view? Here are some ideas: identify FIVE new ways to travel to and from work, FIVE new kinds of food you have not tried, and FIVE activities you’ve always wanted to try. You get the idea. Try new things that draw you out of your comfort zone. This will help you to release old habits, see things differently, and exercise your brain!”

“We talked a lot about visioning and imagining your ideal future. Another way to uncover some of those dreams and goals from another angle is to consider what you would like to make sure you do, see or experience before you die, that reflect, in your way of thinking, a WELL LIVED LIFE.

Write down those things and think about them in terms of the next few decades. How will you plan to accomplish that BUCKET LIST? Looking back on your life on your 100th birthday, what would you have liked to have done and seen?”

“Think about the various stages of your life, your first pieces of furniture, your first job, your first home. Once you start the process of accumulating “stuff,” it can get worse as you move through other phases, such as having a family and inheriting belongings of aging or deceased family members. Before you know it, you are buried under more stuff!  The interesting phenomenon is that baby boomers, for the most part, want to get rid of stuff and live more simply. We call it “living light.”

What are ways that you can simplify your life? Who can help? Identify a plan, maybe with your partner or perhaps a more objective friend, and start to eliminate stuff. Many are benefiting from “living light” as both a cathartic and money making experience through yard and estate sales, on eBay, or some of the new apps that help you sell what you don’t need.

You will feel lighter and freer to do other things and not tied down unnecessarily.”

Jaye recommends “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston, as a practical resource.

The Reboot Partners website offers information about upcoming retreats and other resources.

Refer to The Retirement Boom: An All Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter (2015), and Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break (2011) for additional expert advice.

Listen to my conversation with Jaye to hear success stories that mirror what’s possible for you!

How You & Your Child Can Thrive Through Personal Style by Hemda Mizrahi

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How You & Your Child Can Thrive Through Personal Style by Hemda Mizrahi

How can you present a true, clear message about who you are, both at home and at work? Personal Style Coach Allison Hamilton-Rohe reveals her formula during a guest appearance on my Internet radio show, “Turn the Page”

Our dialogue about launching you on your style journey continued after the show, when Allison offered an example of powerful personal style: “Look at the amazing Duchess of Windsor, whose husband literally gave up his kingdom and chose exile over life without her. While she was not a “classic” beauty, her charisma and appeal were undeniable — especially for her King!” This is one of the ways that personal style is distinct from fashion. The common personal style thread across your lifetime is YOU, what flatters and matters to you most, what you aspire to be and do.

Once you experience how the language of style can move you past image anxiety and into a more fulfilling reality, you’ll appreciate the benefits of discovering it earlier in life. Hopefully, this will motivate you to pass the learning onto younger generations, including your children and grandchildren.

Allison references Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” in identifying ways you can support your child in achieving a positive self-image. Dr. Dweck’s research indicates that 40% of your happiness is a product of how you see yourself, and the corresponding choices you make.

As a parent or guardian, how can you help your youngster to look and feel good? These are strategies that Allison’s own kids have embraced:

The number one thing you want to encourage, instill and empower your children to feel towards themselves, their bodies AND their style is love. You can do this any number of ways!

Dr. Dweck suggests offering process rather than person praise. This involves acknowledging repeatable behaviors that can reinforce a praiseworthy character trait, skill, action, or outcome. For example, rather than saying “you look pretty,” be specific about what you appreciate: “I love how those barrettes bring out the sky blue color of your eyes.”  A statement like this encourages your child to feel proud about doing something well. In contrast, “person praise” can create self-doubt when something goes awry, like the physical changes and emotional reactions that might occur at the onset of puberty!

When you’re shopping with your children or going through their wardrobes, only buy/keep things they love.  If they need a new coat, find a coat they love.  If you have a sense of their style and size, shop online with them.  You might select a few items and then ask them to look at the order before making the purchase. Ask them one question only: “Do you love what I’ve picked out for you?” If they say no, delete it. No exceptions. This sets a precedent that style is something that feels good and they can enjoy.

It’s okay to insist that your children brush their hair and teeth, clean their bodies, and wear clothes that aren’t ripped. This is basic grooming. It’s important to teach your children these habits early on so they’re prepared when the time comes for them to “dress to impress.” It may take energy and patience, and consistent practice works.

Allison shares a personal illustration: “I posted a picture checklist by my kids’ door that I ask them to check everyday. They receive a star each time they complete their list. When they master a skill, I give them a bonus and we celebrate. Now, if I notice they forgot to brush their hair, all I have to say is, “Checklist?” and they go, “Oh!  Whoops!” and run back upstairs.” This tactic can be adapted to the specifics of your household. If you have a special needs child, creating a visual map of the checklist and breaking down tasks can be helpful. Teaching basic self-care is deeply important to preparing a child to be an independent adult.

If you’re dressing up for a party and your child is dying to wear a dress that’s a bit over-the-top, or put on lipstick, don’t sweat it.  If your kid puts on a shirt and pants that don’t match well and he’s three, let it go! If your son wears pink or your daughter wears combat boots, offer the freedom of experimentation. Allison reflects on rejoicing in her daughter’s self-expression: “I bought my daughter a button that read, “I dressed myself today. I loved posting her wacky outfits on Facebook.” Style can be fun and it allows kids to play with who they want to be. Allow your kids to enjoy it!

Your kid is going to be who she is. If you do your job well, she’ll value her unique qualities and use them to propel her purpose in the world. If your kids settle into a style that unsettles you, have a conversation about the power of style and what it means for first impressions.  Allow your children to be in control of the message, and check in to ensure it’s the message they truly want to send. If not, work with them to change it. If your son loves his style and it STILL unsettles you, enlist a family therapist to address the underlying issues both for you and your child.

Identifying with any of these strategies as ones you’d like to adopt for yourself? Go for it!  Your example is the best guide for your children. If you’re kind to yourself, insist on love, maintain standards, allow yourself to play, and encourage your own self-expression through style, they will, too!

If you need expert guidance along the way, contact Allison through www.dailyoutfit.com. Mention this blog in booking a session on the “Work With Me” page of her site, and read on through her free newsletter and blog posts, including this one on “back-to-school” shopping sprees: http://www.dailyoutfit.com/2014/08/top-10-tips-to-make-back-to-school.html

If you haven’t yet listened to Allison’s guest appearance on my show, we invite you to learn about the three key components of her personal style formula. Find out how personal style can work for you

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