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Pausing and Reprioritizing: It Changed My Life June 13, 2017 - by Mark Linsz, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner
In mid-2012, I reflected on the past five years. At the time, I was Treasurer of Bank of America and thought back on the financial crisis: the summer and fall of 2008, the Lehman and Merrill weekend, the bank downgrades, and capital raises. Our family had moved twice, from London to New York and from New York to Charlotte.

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Feeling Boxed In? Try Listening to the Radio! December 7, 2016 - by Mike Sharp, Former My Next Season Client
One of the challenges I faced during my job transition was the feeling that people were trying to “put me in a box.” I received a lot of well-intentioned advice on what I should do next. Some colleagues were convinced I should jump right back into the corporate real estate business. Others urged me to start my own executive…
How Sweet is Charity? April 21, 2016 - by Deborah Dellinger, Director, Not-for-Profit Operations
A psychology professor in British Columbia wondered if having money aided or impeded perceived happiness. Her research uncovered that adapting to a larger income carried an invisible price tag: for many people, it diminished their ability to be delighted by the small things of everyday life such as savoring a piece of chocolate. Based on her…
How Will You Spend Your Time? February 25, 2016 - by Deborah Dellinger, Director, Not-for-Profit Operations
How will you decide who receives the benefit of your hard-earned skills and experience in your first season after retirement? Everyone has an opinion, offering you strong, valid reasons to turn your focus toward their agenda as you transition from productivity to purpose. Using your executive skills for a larger purpose, however offers . . .
The Medical Benefits of Volunteering January 19, 2016 - by Deborah Dellinger, Director, Not-for-Profit Operations
Baby Boomers are the most active, fit, and wealthy generation to date. As they transition by the droves out of major corporations many are opting for next careers that include skills-based volunteerism. Perhaps the reason for this surge is found in the science of volunteering: giving back is actually good for you.
Reflections on Retirement: Day 307 November 3, 2015 - by Kathy Cassidy, Former Senior Vice President and Treasurer of GE and GE Capital
We absolutely need to find a new word for retirement! “Retirement” conjures up images of endless vacations and relaxation as a “reward” for all of the years of hard work and dedication. One definition of “retire” is to withdraw . . .
The Return on Investment of Giving Back October 22, 2015 - by Deborah Dellinger, Director, Not-for-Profit Operations
Why do we feel so good when we volunteer? What is the basis for our sense of fulfillment, accomplishment, and community? Study after study shows those who volunteer in meaningful ways exhibit less depression, live longer, feel a sense of purpose, maintain mental acuity, and express satisfaction with family relationships and friends.
The Learning Curve . . . Again (Part 5 of 5) August 27, 2015 - by Vanessa Castagna, Advisor
How does it feel to be in charge…of yourself? For better or worse, you are now managing your own calendar. The demands on your time may be less or may have shifted in nature. That crazy travel schedule has subsided. Your perspective has expanded as you realize there is so much more about life to learn and discover.
Personality Assessments and Retirement August 11, 2015 - by Richard Downen, Advisor
On a golf trip to Hilton Head South Carolina I was paired with a recently-retired executive who lived in the area. The golf community had a broad demographic array and included families of all ages. I asked how he liked the community and what he enjoyed the most...
Stepping Out (Part 4 of 5) July 13, 2015 - by Vanessa Castagna, Advisor
Just think of all the work you’ve done, the new people you’ve met, and the effort and time you have given thus far to finding your “next season.” The soul-searching and introspection have been healthy, rigorous, and yet at times unsettling. After spending years committed to a corporate role, your life looks completely different...
Hitting Reset for Your Health June 23, 2015 - by Dr. Jennifer Daley, FACP, My Next Season Medical Concierge
As an executive, you’ve spent sleepless nights mentally preparing, planning, or worrying about big meetings, big decisions, and big initiatives. While it might seem that transitioning out of those roles would reduce overall stress, handing over these responsibilities and being unsure of “what’s next” may still have you tossing and turning. . .
Casting a Wider Net (Part 3 of 5) May 21, 2015 - by Vanessa Castagna, Advisor
Now you are three or four months down the road: sleeping better, eating better, overall feeling better, and you have lots of reasons to get up in the morning. Your family tells you your sense of humor is back, and they are enjoying spending more time with you. Your friends are envious of all the "free" time you have planned (or allowed) . . .
Creating My Perfect Scenario May 7, 2015 - by Barbara Morris, Advisor
Like many executives, I have always been one of those people who is all-in on practically anything in which I’m engaged. So it was with my career. Not only did it mean total dedication to my job, but that the organizations to which I belonged and the non-profits on whose Boards I served were all related, either directly or indirectly, to . . .
Finding Your New Rhythm (Part 2 of 5) April 16, 2015 - by Vanessa Castagna, Advisor
So now you've had some time to "soak", relax, breathe, and truly appreciate all the accomplishments of your career. Hopefully, you've taken enough time to reflect and absorb the positive impact you have had on so many people, your business leadership, and your company. Emotionally, you are settled into the realization that you are now . . .
Sourcing Talent: Skills-Based Volunteers and Executive Advising April 2, 2015 - by Deborah Dellinger, Director, Not-for-Profit Operations
A notable trend is afoot in the not-for-profit world: skills-based volunteering. While I’ve known about the trend for a while, it caught my attention again when I recently attended the well thought out and executed Social Capital 2015 conference held in Alexandria, Virginia in February. Experts from corporate foundations and leaders from . . .
Take Time to Soak (Part 1 of 5) March 19, 2015 - by Vanessa Castagna, Advisor
Whether you’ve known for a year or two, six months, or only a week, imagining the last day in your current role will evoke mixed emotions. All sorts of feelings surface from the realization that your job will actually end. There will be a last meeting to chair; a last business decision to make; a final signature; and a last call or email on behalf of . . .
First Steps for Your Next Season March 4, 2015 - by Frank Berardi, Advisor
Recently I was having lunch with a colleague who worked with me at Allstate Insurance for many years. We spoke of a phrase that was coined many years ago by people who left the company and found good fortune after they left. It was common to hear people say "There is life beyond Allstate.” This was always met with a chuckle and . . .
In Memoriam of a Friend: Leaving a Legacy through Coaching Others February 23, 2015 - by Linda Novick O’Keefe, Founding Chief Executive Officer, Common Threads
It is with much love, sadness, and gratitude that we post this blog following the recent passing of Liam McGee (1954-2015) – a respected colleague, friend, mentor, leader, and our very first client at My Next Season. After transitioning out of a transformative career as CEO at The Hartford Insurance Group, Liam continued to make . . .
Sharing Our Stories February 10, 2015 - by Leslie W. Braksick, PhD, MPH, Co-Founder and Senior Partner
If we had to pick just one thing that we knew would be incredibly helpful in expediting the development of young professionals and leaders, it would be to capture, sequence, and re-present more senior leader’s stories about their experiences and lessons learned. People do not easily retain facts, stats, or statements of information . . .
Stretching Yourself at a Crossroads January 22, 2015 - by Mark Linsz, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner
One of the best pieces of advice that I have received was while I was at a crossroads in my career.  I had been offered several opportunities at the same time, and I was in the midst of deciding which to pursue.  I went to a mentor and close friend of mine for advice.  He simply said, “Take the job that will make you the most . . .
Work Relationships Post-Transition January 16, 2015 - by Leslie W. Braksick, PhD, MPH, Co-Founder and Senior Partner
One of the most common things I hear from folks as they prepare to transition out of their FT corporate roles is how much they will miss “the people.” The week before Christmas I was speaking with a former client about this very topic. John and I worked together over a decade ago when he was CEO of a Fortune 10 Operating Company . . .
Giving Back December 18, 2014 - by Mark Linsz, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner
Throughout my 27 years at Bank of America, I often thought about how I could “give back”? I came to the conclusion that there were three ways for me to give back, beyond simply writing a check: I could work for not-for-profit full time, join the board of directors, or volunteer. All seemed like great options. . .
The Birth of My Next Season October 16, 2014 - by Leslie W. Braksick, PhD, MPH, Co-Founder and Senior Partner
I spent the past twenty plus years consulting to senior-most executives of the Fortune 500. A non-remarkable thing happened over that time period: I got older and so did my clients. In fact, most of the folks I had the good fortune to work with in the earlier half of my career, are now retired from their corporate leadership roles. As such, I had a front row seat to these corporate transitions, most of which were not easy for the executives. . .