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What is it about springtime that prompts individuals to want to act on the idea of asking their boss for a sabbatical? While sabbatical programs in companies are a growing trend, individuals at work in companies without them are taking the initiative and negotiating their own.
With more and more people contacting yourSABBATICAL for help, [...]
It’s not as if Jared Heyman isn’t a nice guy. He does look likeable. And, as a driven businessman and entrepreneur, his success deserves celebration in ways he chooses. But, his idea of a sabbatical as “running away,” curls my brain.
Taking into consideration that INC. needs to sell buckets of magazines, perhaps he did have a better message than [...]
The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference: Strategies and Employer Networking for Professionals Seeking to Return to the Workforce
Returning to work after a long sabbatical or hiatus that wasn’t employer-sponsored?
The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference is produced throughout the US and abroad by the career reentry programming company, iRelaunch, whose founders are Harvard Business School alumnae Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, authors of Back on the Career Track. The next conference [...]
I received an email from Brendan McGovern, CFO of Meetup, and here’s what was below his name:
From Feb 4 - May 16, I will be out of the office enjoying Meetup’s sabbatical program. I will be traveling around the world, and per Meetup sabbatical policy, will not be checking email & not working. Sound nice? [...]
Often the best outcome of the sabbatical experience is returning to your job uplifted, energized and recommitted. At the core of this payoff is re-discovering true passion. For it is passion that fuels creativity and energy, propelling us forward with a sense of purpose and self-identity.
Admitting we have lost passion for our work isn’t easy. [...]
goofing off. NOT.
I had an interesting conversation with an amazing entrepreneur this week. Let’s call him Jim. He has founded and sold several business, has a not for profit enterprise to raise money for microloans to people in disadvantaged countries, and has a new internet based natural soap business. After an amazingly intense and successful [...]
This is an unpredictable world. Duh – no kidding – you say. I begin this blog with a statement of the painfully obvious. We all know and experience the unpredictability of these times everyday single day in the news and as change manifests in our own lives.
I have a friend who has worked for a global [...]
We all go through periods of chaos, crazy busyness, and being stuck in our lives. And we all need a way to come back to equilibrium, health, and sanity. Luckily we all have reset buttons and they come in small, medium, and large. You can read about examples of these three sizes in my recent [...]
My last post dealt with resistance you might expect from others. There’s another kind of resistance that’s more powerful and sinister. It can rear its ugly head when we least expect it and it lives and breathes inside all of us. I’ve heard it referred to as our internal saboteur or gremlin by The Coach’s [...]
Have you ever met someone that the word – impressive, comes to mind? And although this person has a great resume, is authentic, credible, a real problem owner, and an expert talent in their field – none of this is what impresses you. What impresses you is their extraordinary grace and giving of their spirit. [...]
The sabbatical trend keeps growing. We know that because at yourSABBATICAL our list of organizations offering sabbaticals (see Companies on a Quest) keeps growing.
But if you don’t work for one of those companies, you may be on your own with the work-life balance problem. Perhaps you can make it happen by participating every year [...]
“Indeed, as I look back at the adventurous young woman who left banking to pursue a life focused on a more global, connected vision, I see someone with guts, education, and skills, but also someone who had to learn time and again that those factors alone don’t always lead to success.” – Jacqueline Novogratz, author [...]
In the last two blogs we set the stage for two big ideas, pursuing a sabbatical strategy and establishing the Connected Leader in yourself through life’s learnings – and how these two ideas pair up nicely – like Dancing with the Stars. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. This is the TV show swirling and glittering on [...]
In one of my recent coaching sessions, I had the opportunity to facilitate one of those “breakthrough” moments where my client pulled together a cohesive Career Brand Statement: a specific milestone I establish for my coaching clients for career navigation work. The shift in thinking is this – moving from identifying yourself from resume bullets [...]
Picture a hamster on a wheel, running in place as fast as she can. That’s exactly how I felt before I made the decision to take a sabbatical. I am a small business owner and had been the project manager for building a new house, packing and moving from the old house, and moving into the [...]
I just posted a new video on my Facebook page that was produced by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Bronman – a provocative YouTube video called, ”Did You Know? ” proving the obvious, that we live in exponential times; the video highlights the shifting of educational leadership to China and India, the blinding speed of the technical [...]
.A team of demographers recently discovered that a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea is home to more people who reach a healthy age of 90 than any other place known.
In September I was in Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands, hiking the Samarian Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe. In the first [...]
Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, EMC, Autodesk….
If you work for any of these companies, you’re involved in a highly innovative culture. And if you’re double-lucky, you look forward to a paid sabbatical. Four of these companies – IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Autodesk – are on our “Companies on a Quest” list (see the list [...]
The two times I have brought this up, my daughter, Elizabeth, has had the same response. “Are you sure you’ve got that right?” she queries, looking at me like part of my brain has fallen out.
Yes, I am sure I have it right. Kite boarding IS the fastest growing water sport for SENIORS. This video [...]