The Dangerous Myth of Reinvention

Two recent news stories show the upside of encore success stories — and the downside of reinvention myths. BusinessWeek recently posted a slideshow to its site, showcasing 16 people in new, later-life careers. Eight of the 16 are in true encore careers dedicated to the greater good, and two of these are ones we know […]

Maybe You Can Afford a Gap Year, After All

My colleague Marc Freedman has been talking up the idea of midlife gap years – a time to take stock, take a step back, and figure out next steps. It needn’t be a full year, though there is something about a full cycle of seasons that seems consistent with beginning a move into a new life stage. […]

Sabbaticals for Nonprofit Leaders More Important in Tough Times

The following commentary, written by Civic Ventures Vice President Phyllis N. Segal and Civic Ventures Board Chair Ruth Wooden, was published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy in its July 28 issue.  In today’s challenging economic times, sabbaticals for nonprofit leaders might seem to be a luxury beyond the reach of most organizations. But the tough economy makes sabbaticals more […]

How Can Couples Make Encore Career Decisions?

Say you’re ready for an encore career, but you have a partner who wants to retire to the golf course. Or you want to work part-year and travel, while your spouse wants to continue working full-time and stay put. A new book, The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of […]

Harvard Business Review: A Gap Year for Grown-ups

Thousands of college-bound teenagers take a gap year to rest up and gear up for what’s next. Why not make the same opportunity available for their parents? That’s the question Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, asks in a new Harvard […]

Change, Fear and Taking the Plunge

I’m not big on change. Most of us aren’t. That becomes a bigger problem the more choices we have and the more restless we feel. Second adulthood is about choices and restlessness and trying something new. But that means change, and many of us get stuck at the edge of the diving board. And some […]