Relationships Are Important

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 “Leadership is not a position.  It is not a title.  Leadership is a relationship.” Last week I posted my monthly podcast on Becoming a Sage.  Since there were major Internet issues last week, I am linking to it in case you missed it.  The podcast was my interview with Dr. Dori Mintzer who is a licenced psychologist and retirement coach who …

Embracing Mortality to Move Forward

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One of the themes that emerged out of the research for my leadership book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts was the value of embracing mortality and learning about grief and dying in order for leaders to connect with empathy and compassion.  I started the research for this book in 2004 when I was teaching undergraduates.  In fact, I developed …

Living in Portfolio Mode

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Living in portfolio mode as defined by David Corbett in his book Portfolio Life involves investing in yourself, but it also means spending time exploring and discovering what interests you right now and what you are going to do about it.  This blog post is going to summarize some advice I share in my Sage-ing Workshops about moving onto what’s next. …

Creating and Investing in a Portfolio Life

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According to David Corbett, author of Portfolio Life:  The New Path to Work, Purpose, and Passion After 50, the portfolio life is a life-planning tool adapted from the financial services. The point is to view life as a mix of elements that take our time and energy.  We should be thinking about diversifying, balancing risk and return, and making intentional decisions–rather than …

Invest in a Portfolio Life

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Recently, I participated in a “Transition to Retirement Summit” where I got to listen to several people over the course of three days via webinar interviews.  This Summit was organized and facilitated by Marianne Oehser who I plan to interview for my monthly podcast series titled Becoming a Sage.   My podcasts are sent out as blog posts on the second Friday …

Becoming a Sage by Seeking Wisdom

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One of my favorite words is “wisdom” probably because we think of Sages as having wisdom.  In fact, I like the phrase “becoming a sage” so much that this is the title of my monthly podcast series (on the second Friday of each month). You may be familiar with Krista Tippett, the public radio host of On Being (and newsletter with the …

Writing New Year’s Resolutions or Living Your Legacy?

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It is that time of year when many people think about and some even set New Year’s Resolutions.  Usually these resolutions focus on self-improvement or on learning something new.  But as I was watching CBS “Sunday Morning” last Sunday, I was thinking about the value of living one’s legacy.  Jane Pauley remembered the many people who died in 2016 in …

A Great Example of Sage-ing

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One of the main components of Sage-ing is to push back on societal stereotypes.  The marketing messages about aging and the models used seem to stress anti-aging and favor the young–even the very young.  The imaging of aging are often not positive or favorable. A great example of Sage-ing was in the Sunday New York Times titled “Her Age?  Glad You Asked.”  …

Don’t Age–Become a Sage

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One of my favorite local events is called Sages Over 70.  Since I am passionate about sage-ing rather than aging, I appreciate lifting up the good works of people who have been contributing to the community and to others for many years.  For our community to continue to thrive, we need to keep people engaged so we benefit from their wisdom …