Retire Retirement - Career Strategies for the Boomer Generation
A book for members of the Boomer Generation
Are you Boomer? If so, here’s the good news for you: an unanticipated life bonus – extra years, filled with opportunities. You are a member of the first generation that will experience a new life stage – a significant period of healthy, active adult life after your children leave the nest.
You may decide to launch a new career, start a business, work as a “cyclic” contractor, or turn to volunteer work. This book will encourage you to experiment, network, and build on your success as you move ahead. Unconventional work arrangements are becoming more commonplace, and this book will show you what’s reasonable — and how to negotiate to achieve your goals.
This practical, cheerfully optimistic book will explain your options, including unconventional ways to remain in the workforce. It will help you understand the important role that work plays in most Boomers’ lives – and why it often seems so different from other generations’ approaches. It will help you decide what you want and show you how to go about getting it.
Retire Retirement is an enticement to explore and a guide to what you’ll find. Now’s the time to imagine what your next stage of life can be like and explore the opportunities that will satisfy your needs and preferences. This book will show you the way.
Retire Retirement: Career Strategies for the Boomer Generation, Harvard Business School Press, March 2008
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Endorsements for Retire Retirement
“If you’re less than crystal clear about your next 20 years, invest a weekend letting this book challenge your thinking, open up options and ultimately boost your confidence in your ability to control your destiny.”
Joseph Grenny, NYT Bestselling co-author of Crucial Conversations
This practical and insightful guide elegantly provides both context and specific guides to action for a Boomer Generation poised to blast away traditional notions of retirement. It is a must-read for anyone over 40 who cares about their career, and their contribution to society at large.”
Paul Saffo, Roy Amara Fellow at the Institute for the Future
Startling, refreshing, and immensely useful, Retire Retirement deconstructs traditional retirement. Erickson outlines cutting-edge work arrangements that allow baby boomers to reinvent retirement and find continued meaning and purpose in work.
Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Off-Ramps and On Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success, President of the Center for Work-Life Policy
Finally a book that captures the essence of the boomers, gen X and gen Y in a crisp and insightful way. All generations will love this book.
John Seely Brown, Former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and co-author of The Social Life of Information
When it comes to major social change, boomers are both rebels and trendsetters. This book will guide their next big reinvention: bucking retirement, doing what you love on your own terms, and getting paid for it.
Ken Dychtwald, author of Age Wave
With a keen eye to the future, and rich stories, insights and questions – this book is a must have resource for every baby boomer who aspires to make the very best of the ‘thirty year bonus’
Professor Lynda Gratton , London Business School, author of Hot Spots: Why Some Organisations and Teams Buzz with Energy —-and Others Don’t
The future for Boomers is filled with X’s, Y’s and unprecedented opportunities. “Retire Retirement” is a practical, engaging and rigorous guide to navigating the changes, and charting a path through the second 25 years of our careers.
Dr. John W. Boudreau,, co-author of Beyond HR: The New Science of Human Capital
“Tammy Erickson brilliantly weaves together the current and future social, economic and vocational benefits to Boomers resulting from the convergence of several shifting cultural phenomena. iInformative and inspirational, this book is a -a must-read for professionals at all career stages.”
Dr. Beverly Edgehill, President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.
Those of us in middlescence see ourselves throughout this book as it lays out options for our career and life choices that will help us find personal fulfillment and organizational success. Erickson’s ideas help us shift from being overwhelmed with or afraid of the new realities to making informed choices that enrich our personal and professional lives.
Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, The RBL Group
For anyone who needs to understand how generational differences influence how we live, work, learn, think and yes, even retire, this book should be required reading.
Warren Bennis, University Professor, University of Southern California co-author Judgement: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls
Tammy Erickson paints a remarkable landscape of the opportunities awaiting boomers. Her book is an engaging, pragmatic and inspiring guide to rethinking your career. Put this book at the top of your reading list!
Jay A. Conger, author, The Practice of Leadership, Professor, Claremont McKenna College and the London Business School