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Your Next Season


Your Next Season: Advice for Executives on Transitioning from Intense Careers to Fulfilling Next Seasons

by Leslie W. Braksick, PhD and William R.K. Innes, DEng
This unique and unprecedented book provides executives with unvarnished advice for the single greatest transition in their adult lives: retirement. It presents findings from hundreds of interviews with executives, providing insights and advice, as well as a guidebook on how to transition from an all-consuming corporate role to a fulfilling and rewarding Next Season. Your Next Season has been endorsed by preeminent CHROs and retired Executives  of leading companies, including GE, American Express, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Ingersoll Rand, Tenet Healthcare, Lear Corporation, Bank of America, Allina Health, ExxonMobil, Estée Lauder, MSA, Merrill Lynch, Delta Airlines, GE, Wells Fargo, and others.

A Lens Into Executive Retirement From the Spouse/Partner Perspective

by Debbie Dellinger
Retirement is a major life transition, affecting not only the retiree, but the family—specifically the spouse, partner, or significant other. Approached with intention and discernment, this transition can position both the executive and spouse/partner for new and exciting possibilities. All aspects of your lives together and as individuals are now subject to a reset. MyNextSeason has supported hundreds of retiring clients and their spouses/partners on this journey, and we have learned that sharing the experiences of those who have gone before—the voices of those who have “been there and done that”—is invaluable. This book will ease your journey through helpful insights and advice: Honestly communicate, give attention to each aspect of the transition, explore roles, rearrange existing responsibilities, chart a new course, and give grace generously!

Living Into Your Next Season: Moving Forward After the Crisis of 2020

by Leslie W. Braksick, Mark Linsz, Debbie Dellinger, Marty Gervasi, Margaret Grun Kibben, Peter Lichtenthal, and Austin Braksick
COVID-19 stopped us in our tracks and upended our lives, changing our world. We have seen so many tragic ripple effects – sickness, loss of life, iconic companies facing bankruptcy or closure – plus the extreme mental/emotional toll on healthcare workers and others personally touched by this pandemic. It’s overwhelming. Yet unexpected gifts also have come from this time. Life was simplified. People spent more family time – taking walks, playing games, dining together. Business meetings and educational classes were held by video and teleconference. Our country and the world aligned around a common enemy and goal: We are in this together. This book examines: Where do we go from here? What do post-COVID-19 seasons hold for us—collectively and as individuals? What lessons do we carry forward from this time? The authors –specialists in helping people make career and life transitions – bring their different voices to share, help, teach, offer, thank, empathize, and encourage.

Preparing CEOs for Success: What I Wish I Knew

by Leslie W. Braksick, PhD, and James S. Hillgren, PhD.
A concise, highly readable, totally practical guide for executives who are undergoing coaching, in three parts. (I) Eight Key Themes from our study of what CEOs were not prepared for and wished they knew before becoming CEOs, with remarkably candid, insightful quotes from sitting CEOs of 27 global companies, offering unvarnished advice to help prepare future CEOs, executives, and leaders. (II) The CEO Prerequisites—six attributes, nine career experiences, and nine management practices proven essential by the most successful CEOs. (III) The CEO Handbook, eight chapters to guide any company’s senior executive coaching and development. (This book’s findings are still used today by first-time CEOs, Executive MBA programs, and companies planning for succession or executive development. However, events of the past decade and 2020 have impacted the CEO role, so a new 2020 CEO Study was conducted. We are excited to share and publish these findings in an updated book – Look forward to this update in Spring 2021.)

Unlock Behavior, Unleash Profits: Developing Leadership Behavior That Drives Profitability in Your Organization, 2nd Edition

by Leslie W. Braksick, PhD.
This book contains a set of practical tools and methods of Behavioral Science, artfully applied to the real world of business and industry. A veritable handbook (and oft-used university textbook) for leaders and coaches on applying Behavioral Science in their daily work, it shows how to transform anyone’s performance to do their best. Simple models, how-to examples, client success stories, testimonials, and methods for transforming cultures are all based on nearly a century of research.