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Parker J. Palmer: Reinvention and the Inner Life of a Writer, Teacher, and Activist

On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old, is Parker J. Palmer’s bestselling dispatch from the front lines of creative aging. Palmer, who turns 80 on February 28, has developed significant followings in the worlds of education, leadership, and spirituality; and it was included by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat as one of ‘The Best Spiritual Books of 2018.’

Palmer reflects on his unconventional career path in these pages, as well as in previous classics such as Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, and The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life (which had a 20th anniversary edition published in 2017).

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Chip Conley and the Making of a Modern Elder

If anyone can make aging cool, it’s Chip Conley. He is a walking, talking embodiment of disruptive innovation who has made his living, and personal brand, as an entrepreneur and an original thinker.

In 1987, he was in his 20s when he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality, a California-based chain of boutique hotels, and was CEO until selling it in 2010. Several years later, a chain of events caused him to reinvent himself, into what he now calls a “Modern Elder.” He’s written several successful books, but his latest, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, may ultimately become the one with the longest-lasting impact.

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29 Handy Resources on Happiness, Mindfulness, Positivity and Emotional Intelligence

We all need reminders, especially during the work week, of the positive and inspirational aspects of life. In that spirit, these 29 quick resources may be just what you need to find the right amount of energy and purpose to strengthen your day:

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Happiness

Shawn Achor

Tal Ben-Shahar: Bringing Happiness to Life

Greater Good Magazine: Nine Scientists Share Their Favorite Happiness Practices

The Harvard Gazette: Good Genes are Nice, But Joy is Better

livehappy: The New Definition of Happiness

Annie McKee: The 3 Things You Need to be Happy at Work

the pursuit of happiness: Our Story

TED: TED Talks on Happiness

 

Mindfulness

Tara Brach: Resources

The Guardian: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds.

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Oliver Burkeman and the Mid-January Effect

Improving your life at any time of year can seem overwhelming. That is especially true for mid-late January, with many people trying to implement new year’s resolutions or similar goals and strategies. Last year I wrote about keeping on track at a time when the weather is bleak and things don’t seem to be changing fast enough. I believe that my thoughts from last year are still valid, but you might want to add the ideas of Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman to the mix. I wrote about him in 2009 and 2011, and he has a new book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.

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Drucker, Dylan and The Beatles

What did Peter Drucker have in common with Bob Dylan and The Beatles? More than you might initially think. All were/are at the top of their fields; all were/are prolific, serious innovators. They also changed their initial styles of expression from their early to more mature work.
Beyond that, there are interesting geographic angles. Drucker, who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1909, began working as a clerk apprentice, and studying law at Hamburg University, in Germany, in 1927. This was a formative time for him, which included being introduced to great works of literature by a local librarian, and also attending the opera on a student ticket to hear what became a life-changing work, Verdi’s Falstaff.  Thirty- three years later, in 1960, The Beatles left Liverpool and did their own apprenticeship in Hamburg; playing grueling hours in the city’s gritty clubs.…

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Make Time Your Friend, Not Your Enemy

Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of the 50 Classics series, has a new book, Never Too Late to be Great: The Power of Thinking Long, that should provide considerable inspiration to many people who need it the most. Among those who should find it especially interesting and helpful are late bloomers, career changers, people in transition and even procrastinators. The premise is that significant success, even and especially in middle age and beyond, is possible if you think strategically in long enough time frames, while working hard and doing what is necessary to make it happen (e.g. additional learning, networking, and gaining experience in a field any way possible).…

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The Leonard Cohen Economy

Leave it to The Economist, and specifically the Schumpeter management column, to find the intersection between Leonard Cohen and entrepreneurship. The February 25th Enterprising Oldies explores, in a neat package, why all of us (no matter where we are chronologically in adulthood) may have to explore entrepreneurship and other forms of self-employment at some point in our working lives.
As we think about how to diversify our portfolio of work experiences, it’s worth digging deeper into how we can apply some of the life lessons of the 77 year old Cohen, a singer/songwriter/poet/novelist who was inducted into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

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4 Areas of Mid-January Self-Improvement

Last week I wrote a guest post for LexisNexis Government Info Pro, Creating Your Total Life List for 2012. Much has been written at the end of last year and the beginning of this one about new beginnings. But as we get deeper into January, it’s easy for the fresh feeling to wear off. No matter how many systems you use to better your life, having handy reminders for self-improvement are always helpful:
1. Time management and productivity: Jason Womack, whose book Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, will be released next month, is interviewed by Meridith Levinson for CIO.com, in Time Management: 6 Ways to Improve Your Productivity.…

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Laura Goodrich and the Art of Seeing Red Cars

The most valuable books for personal transformation are often short, practical and to-the-point. That is an apt description of Laura Goodrich’s just-released Seeing Red Cars: Driving Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization to a Positive Future. Laura is the co-owner of On Impact Productions; and also a consultant, radio/TV/film host and a fellow Berrett-Koehler author. You can read a free excerpt from her book and see her new promotional video at her page on the B-K website. I met Laura last June at the B-K Authors Cooperative Marketing Workshop. I wasn’t surprised that her book is full of solid, actionable advice, because in one of the exercises during the workshop, we were in the same “co-consulting” group to briefly discuss areas in our professional lives that we wanted to work on.…

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Scranton Comes Alive

Scranton, Pa., where I was born and grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, was not particularly a cultural hotspot when I lived there. But in recent years, the situation has changed dramatically. Many people know it as the fictional setting of the hit NBC show The Office. There are now Office-themed tours, the subject of Jayne Clark’s recent USA TODAY story Scranton welcomes fans of ‘The Office’. And during last year’s presidential campaign, the city became known for the family roots of both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joe Biden. Among the major improvements in recent years include two top minor league franchises shared with their neighboring city, The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Triple-A baseball affiliate of the New York Yankees; and hockey’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the top affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.…

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