How To Live A Well Designed Life

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This post is my last in a series of recent posts based on reading the book Designing Your Life:  How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.  They teach how to grow into your life regardless of age or stage.  If you go to their website, they provide numerous resources including worksheets to help you work through …

Becoming a Sage Episode 9

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann. Episode 9 features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Chris Monroe.   Chris enjoyed a wonderful career collaborating with newspaper publishers on ways to reach audiences in new and different ways, sharing the dynamics of an ever-changing industry with the uninitiated and protecting the public’s right to know from government intrusion. The …

Becoming a Sage Episode 8

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann. Episode 8 features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Marianne Oehser.   Marianne Oehser is a certified Retirement and Relationship Coach who focuses on assisting people build happy, fulfilling lives in the “post-career” phase of their lives. She also assists singles and couples build and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships – after …

Becoming a Sage Episode 6

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann.  Episode 6 features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Dorian (aka Dori) Mintzer, M.S.W., Ph.D.   Dori Mintzer, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who provides Psychotherapy, Career/Life Transition Coaching, Couples Relationship Coaching, Executive Coaching and Speaking. She is a Licensed Third Age Coach and a 2Young2Retire Certified Facilitator. She facilitates workshops …

5 Tips on Creating a Healthy Corporate Culture

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Creating a healthy corporate culture is one of the most important roles for leaders.  Culture is the “invisible tapestry” that weaves people together and influences how people think, feel, and act.  In the absence of a strong and positive culture, people are not connected and the culture can become toxic.  Based on my experience and research, below are five tips …

Living and Dying as a Sage

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Iowa lost one of our pillars recently with the death of Joy Corning, former Lt. Governor of Iowa.  Since Joy knew she had a terminal illness, she embraced her life and her mortality.  Joy recognized that dying was a part of living.  For example, Joy started giving away her special possessions to her three daughters and friends and sharing stories about the …

Why Are Leaders Not Walking The Talk?

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One of my favorite parts of the Sunday New York Times is the Sunday Business section titled “Corner Office” by Adam Bryant.  It is always on page two and consists of a Q and A with CEOs or senior leaders.  The questions tend to focus on leadership, culture, interview questions, and advice to college graduates.  Because of the content, I …

Why Life Transitions Are Difficult

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As I have said before, I am on a mission to retire the word “retirement.”  I remind people that we are not “retiring,” but we are moving on.  Everyone will move onto something.  We may be paid (encore career or second career) or we may not be paid (volunteer) or we may work part-time.  But we will be doing something …

Why Vulnerability is a Leadership Strength

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One of the chapters in my book, Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts, was titled “Vulnerability is a Strength.”  But when the manuscript came back from the editor it was titled:  “Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion.”  Since the book is written for an audience of men and women, the editor was concerned that vulnerability would not resonate …