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Mind Shift | Talent as a Service – by Terry Madavo

In the increasingly competitive business landscape, there’s unrelenting pressure for companies to be more productive, with fewer employees and resources ...
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5 Small Home Business Ideas For Older Entrepreneurs – by Lucy Wyndham

A growing number of South Africans are facing a retirement crisis. According to World Bank analysts, a majority of older ...
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Refirement Skills Bank Survey Results

Over the past few weeks I have run a survey around my vision for a skills bank for the older ...
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Learning and sharing from my first online course for anyone 50+

I am about to complete my first online training course for anyone interested in designing a second career for themselves ...
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How Will You Use Your Extra Season of Life?

Lynda Smith is the founder of the Refirement Network, and is an expert in planning for the second half ...
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Learning is fun

This past four weeks I have been on an online learning course and learning more about digital literacy. When we ...
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Top 10 places to engage in South Africa to understand what work opportunities exist 50+

The process of deciding what comes next once we leave the formal work environment depends on many factors. We help ...
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Second career coaching. Why do I need it?

The articles and emails come through my inbox and via social media daily. The challenge of finding work beyond the ...
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Who can coach and how does it help?

Why do I need a coach? The world of coaching is a growing market both for coaches and those looking ...
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Ten steps to prepare yourself for a career 50+

The world of work has changed over our lifetime and we also have two factors impacting this significantly for the ...
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Coaches also need support!

Being a Coach is so rewarding when you see clients succeed and they keep in touch with you about what ...
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Ten technology tools for effective life, work and play 50+

Technology is changing the way we work, play and live. This process is opening up many opportunities for us and ...
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Retirement Homes – Places of positive aging and engagement

There is a new generation heading in the direction of retirement. The baby boomers. This generation thinks differently to that ...
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Ten things to do to market yourself better for a 21st century world of work fifty plus

The world of work as we know it is changing at an exponential rate. We can no longer look for ...
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Top Ten Ideas for work 50+

This list will help you to think through some ideas of the kind of work possibilities that exist as you ...
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Will your life be a tragedy or a legacy ?

None of us start out in life with this statement top of mind. If we have been lucky and had ...
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Preparing and simplifying your life as you retire

I have just completed the process of doing my mother's estate. I am the executor of her estate. She died ...
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Life Long learning- a gift with the advancement of technology

This past week I was given a gift. I attended and spoke at a virtual summit called Age without Borders ...
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Refire for energy and resilience

I spend a lot of time engaging with people about planning their next season of life. It normally is at ...
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Invitation for business mentors and advisors

The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Enterprise Development Academy was developed with the view to unearth and develop South ...
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Is South Africa on your travel bucket list?

It is a great honour for me to be one of the 50 speakers at the Virtual Aging without Borders ...
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Better – a different kind of shared space

As someone active in your second or third career you might have investigated shared office spaces as a place to ...
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A learning opportunity around LONGEVITY globally and what this means for individuals, companies and society

How does one start out on a learning journey about a new area in your life or learn more about ...
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Twenty questions to ask yourself about WHY you may need a second career?

There is a great author and TED speaker who has helped many people to understand that asking the question WHY ...
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The Assets in the Refirement Skills bank

One of the great tragedies of our time is that one day you are employed and valued and the next ...
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Build your own journey

The most profound book for me that has been published this year is The 100 year life - living and ...
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Live, Work, Play By Mike Gray

In Tim Ferris’s book “the four-hour-work-week, ” he sets out an audacious idea he himself has lived. By changing from ...
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Holley-woodpens by Bev Moller

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it ...
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Lioness Leanin Encore Entrepreneur Session

On Tuesday the 18th we celebrated the first Encore event at The Standard Bank Incubator. It was wonderful to host ...
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You have not saved enough. Now what?

I have attended many financial talks where they use scenarios to show you what your situation will look like in ...
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Is looking for work when one is older like looking for a needle in a haystack?

In my work at Refirement Network, many people contact me desperate for a work opportunity. I explain that I am ...
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You have not saved enough. Now what?

I have attended many financial talks where they use scenarios to show you what your situation will look like in ...
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The Freebird Club – Social Enterprise & Impact – Refirement Network helps to grow this network in South Africa

This past week I was introduced to this wonderful new organisation focused on the the 50+ population around the world ...
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Creating a market for economic transformation for the 50+ generation in South Africa

We live in a world that is changing significantly both locally and internationally. Many in our Nation have retired early ...
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Put Foot – by Jenny Reid

I have always loved to travel and when I turned 40 decided I had to do something that gave me ...
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The Refirement 50+ Directory

Refirement Network has a vision and a dream. Our dream is to engage the skills of the older generation in ...
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Flexible workspace – a place of opportunity

My first encounter of working with a client that used flexible office space was a three day session I had ...
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Longevity Risks and Opportunities by Kay Darbourn

If you have the opportunity to plan for your future in advance – then do so! We are constantly learning ...
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Mentoring as a transformation tool

There are many ways in which we as South Africans can assist with transformation. Mentoring is one that is key ...
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Convergence offering new opportunities for the older generation

The convergence of longevity and technology is changing our landscape dramatically. The signs of this change are hitting our shores ...
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Mentoring for change by Louis Meijer

Introduction At the confluence of two tributaries the waters mix and swell the river as it proceeds down stream. The ...
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Refirement Story : Louis Meijer

Throughout my career I have worked for professional services companies serving clients in the infrastructure, manufacturing, commercial and mining sectors ...
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Refirement Story : Anne Timms – by Bev Moller

I am a firm believer in the power of tapping into the collective wisdom of a community to strengthen what's ...
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Refirement story : Deborah Nichols – by Bev Moller

It’s never too late to begin! It’s never too early to start! Our bodies are designed to move. Challenge yourself, ...
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Interview with Get It Hartbeespoort

Don’t retire- refire Lynda Smith from Hartbeespoort believes retirement is not the end of your life. It can be the ...
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Are your policies all in one place and does your family know what needs to happen when you die?

My mother died two years ago and I am the executor of her estate. This is something I have never ...
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Lessons for succession planning from Bill Hybels

On Friday I was privileged to attend a leadership session with Bill Hybels in Pretoria. Bill Hybels is the lead ...
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Interview with www.hippo.co.za

Nevertirees – Why Some Top Business People Refuse to Retire Hippo.co.za: Tell us a little about your career journey, landmark ...
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You will not retire like your parents and grandparents. Are you ready for change?

The world is a challenging and exciting place. Those of us now 50+ are in the last part of our ...
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The Legacy Project Interview | Social Entrepreneur

Lynda describes herself as a social entrepreneur. She graduated from the inaugural class of the GIBS Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme ...
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Building entrepreneurs through intergenerational connections

During February I was invited to a breakfast networking event called The Lionesses of Africa at The Standard Bank Incubator ...
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The Retirement Lifestyle Expo and going nowhere slowly in the Cape

It was a privilege to speak and share at the Retirement Lifestyle Expo in Cape Town at the end of ...
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Lynda Smith – The startup story of a social entrepreneur on a mission to encourage baby boomers to have second careers to positively impact society

As the world’s population ages, and the baby boomer generation (those 50+) are looking to make a difference in the ...
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Legacy, family and birthday celebrations

I have just finished attending the Retirement Lifestyle Expo in Cape Town. Over lunch yesterday one of the ladies joined ...
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Crossroads & Transitions | Lynda Smith

I met Lynda about a decade ago. A striking woman with an unassuming confidence about her. A skilled businesswoman, an ...
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Building brain connections between grandmothers and grandchildren

South Africa has an unusual challenge in our aging population. For a number of years, the HIV and AIDS pandemic ...
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 Going Glocal

When I started Refirement Network around ten years ago, I wanted to clearly understand what the trend of longevity meant ...
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Life changes in an instant

As long as I live I will never forget these words. I was on holiday in the UK with my ...
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The story of the black mittens

On the 15th May I went past my Mom's home to give her the post I had just collected from ...
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Vocation – work that matters

This is an extract from a book called Streams of Living Water by Richard J Foster. I love his definition ...
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What is LOVE?

It is amazing as we get close to 14 February how the marketing world hots up around this topic. Just ...
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One million in my box

I have just finished reading a book called STUCK IN HALFTIME by BOB BUFORD. Bob has written a number of ...
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Going on a play date

I have been working too much lately and not spending enough time on rest, reflection and creativity. I spend time ...
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Me,Myself and I

Social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are moving from early adopter to main stream stage around the world. I ...
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Walking in my own Refirement Career

Refirement is about discovering and knowing your skills, talent and passion and turning this into purpose and change in your ...
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The story of life

I have stumbled across a great blog site called: http://www.charlenamiller.com/about-charlena-miller. In some ways I feel as if I know ...
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Happy Birthday Madiba- 67minutes- “46”-6-“64”

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the ...
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Gini coefficient

The Gini coeffecient is a complex calculation. In simple terms it is a measure of the difference between the rich ...
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The world of work

Every day I get up to work. Sometimes I work for money and sometimes I work for free. At times ...
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Your children are my children

There are about 30 000 schools in South Africa. Only about 6000 of these schools are working with any sense ...
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The parable of the dinosaur and the chameleon

In the late 1940’s and 50’s after the Second World War a whole bunch of babies were born. These babies ...
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Call to Africa

You may live here in Africa or if elsewhere on the planet a piece of your heart still belongs to ...
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Waiting for Naomi

My daughter, Bronwyn is a missionary in Thailand. She and her Thai husband, Noiy run a YWAM ( Youth with ...
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Boomer memories from my childhood

We all have our own Valiant memories- long drives to seaside holidays, nights at the drive-in, four people on the ...
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Choices and Change- where to live?

As I celebrated my 50th birthday, I realised that I was entering a new season of my life and that ...
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Building Bridges

I have a dream To build bridges in South Africa For all South Africans This is a dream bigger than ...
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Disaster Management Strategy

This past week I visited Ground Zero where the greatest man made disaster of all time occurred. I also visited ...
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Spiritual Capital – Wealth we can live by

I have just finished reading a book called Spiritual Capital by Dahah Zohar and Ian Marshall.A great book for any ...
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Wise words from Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ...
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Halftime by Bob Buford

I have just finished reading a book called Halftime by Bob Buford. This is his own personal journey of how ...
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Hired hands or Hired Hearts?

In a company where the leader has an autocratic style of leadership there is not enough concern for the growth ...
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A clear path for leaders when you are deep in the forest

One of the real challenges leaders face in business is seeing with helicopter vision. This is often very difficult when ...
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Opening the door of opportunity

For the second time in my life I find myself with time to look for new opportunities.Someone once described LUCK ...
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To enter one needs to first exit

This principle is true to many areas of our lives. If we are talking about a close romantic relationship with ...
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Looking for stories- Baby Boomers 50+

I am working on some research on the Baby Boomer generation heading for retirement. The trend for the future predicts ...
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Authentic Lives

"Professional and personal convergence - Just as the world of technology has bridged all elements of our lives, so is ...
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Have you lost the picture for your puzzle

We all have a sense of destiny and have all been created for a specific purpose. This is one of ...
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Family Connection in a global world

I have discovered that the wonderful tool of blogging has helped me to stay connected to my family. I have ...
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Focus and Direction

The new convergence of technology is causing an avalanche of information to arrive on our doorstep every day. The skill ...
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In search of meaning

I am sure that part of the empty nest syndrome is asking the question? What now? For many women being ...
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Imagine a creative society

Tom Peters writes the following in his book Reimagine - a must read- " I imagine a truly creative society: ...
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The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

I have just finished reading this book. It is a very interesting account of technology and how the world is ...
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Refirement Skills Bank

I have had a long term dream for our Nation. One where those with skills, work with those who need ...
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The vision of REFIREMENT in Communities

Refirement Network has a vision to engage a specific demographic group- The 50+ generation called the Baby Boomers. This generation ...
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Are your staff over 55 human assets or human fodder?

The world of work has changed significantly over the past 40 years. For those that started their careers 40 years ...
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Refirement story : From engineering excellence to birding brilliance

Most men might be said to show a keen interest in birds. But Peter’s interest is in birds of the ...
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Refirement Story : Being a free Spirit in an aging Gypsy

Children are resilient, me too. Circumstances change, I’ll adapt. I loathe mediocrity, dullness and apathy. My mind renews like shedding ...
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The story of the black mittens

On the 15th May I went past my Mom's home to give her the post I had just collected from ...
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Finding Light Bulbs

By Craig Hyman Founder of Findinglightbulbs.com The idea of becoming an entrepreneur after 50 is daunting. For many, our concern ...
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Trends affecting us – Charlene Van Onselen

By Charlene Van Onselen Retirement brings with it many new challenges and fears to be faced. The spending power of ...
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Refirement Story : Off the Beaten Track

William (Wim) LeMaire’s journey takes him off the beaten track – from the architecture of European universities to the jungles ...
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Important questions for your life journey

Inspired by reading Living on the edge by Chip Ingram Each of us is unique and born with gifts and ...
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Preventing Tragedy

In his captivating book, Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper speaks about retirement by re-telling two stories: Story 1: “In ...
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BrainBoosters making a difference to the next generation

By GRAEME CODRINGTON Here at TomorrowToday, we’re very proud of one of our ex-colleagues, Lynda Smith. Lynda is a serial ...
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Senior Mind Moves® help senses to make sense again

It’s not only women who have a sixth sense, but men as well. We have five far senses which gather ...
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One million years of change for our Nation South Africa

There is a generation that has been in the world of work for more than 35 years and heading towards ...
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Planning the next phase of life

Will it be a sunrise or a sunset? Life seems to happen faster and faster and before we know it ...
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Retirement Expo

Older workers could offer a significant competitive advantage for future thinking companies Skills shortages across the globe could be worsened ...
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Retirement Expo

Industry Expert Lynda Smith provides options for ‘Work over 50’ at Retirement Expo 2012 The world has changed dramatically in ...
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Refirement Story : Rieneke Schutte

Rieneke Schutte spent most of her 20’s, 30’s and 40’s raising her children and selling Tupperware. Her aim was to ...
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Australian government recognises importance of older workers for the economy

– $1,000 bonus paid to hire a worker over 50 Businesses in Australia have been encouraged to find ways older ...
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Growing number of older workers could help solve labour shortage crisis

Job Creation and workforce growth are vital to any nation’s economic health. However, slowing population growth in developed nations, such ...
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Strengthened health workforce a prerequisite for ageing populations

World Health Day in 2012 focused on the vision of "Good health adds life to years" as the World Health ...
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Observations and conclusions about the Boomer generation by Brent Green

Aging is a non-negotiable part of the human condition, a biological imperative that binds, beckons, and bothers. What remains malleable ...
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Refirement Story: Meryll Brownlee

The story of Meryll Brownlee is an example of what can be achieved if someone takes the time to try ...
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My Brilliant Career: Young and old learn new skills

Lynda Smith is the CEO of BrainBoosters, which produces educational material for young children, and runs the Refirement Network, which ...
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Older Workers working longer

According to Statistics SA’s Mid-year population estimates for 2011, more than 5-million South Africans in their 50s and early 60s ...
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Refirement Story: Louise van Rhyn

Louise van Rhyn qualified with a BSc in Computer Science in 1987. Her early work life was spent as a ...
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Examples of how Intergenerational Collaboration can result in innovative solutions

Therapist Toni Heineman was just a couple years shy of her 50th birthday when she decided to gather a group ...
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Your well-being is linked to engagement in work, caregiving, education & volunteering

Your well-being as you get older is linked to your active engagement in work, caregiving, education and volunteering A new ...
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SA women neglect financial planning at their peril

Jenny Gordon, Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Services Department, Alexander Forbes Financial Services calls this the Prince Charming syndrome in which ...
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How Changes to the National Retirement Funding system could affect you

Few of the country’s working population will retire with sufficient savings to enjoy the same lifestyle they enjoy while working ...
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Refirement Story – Rene Testa

Rene Testa had always wanted to work with babies. She started baby-sitting in standard 2 and always had a baby ...
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Retirement Expo – News Release

PLAN FOR A LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE – EXPERTS Experts agree that planning for a longer, healthier life is no longer ...
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Combine work & leisure to suit your lifestyle after 55

Traditional retirement generally requires you to work and save consistently for 30 or 40 years so that you can have ...
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Refirement Story – Izabella Gates

Izabella Gates (aka Izabella Little) spent most of her working life in IT. Sheworked her way up from programmer to ...
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Quick SA Retirement facts

  • South Africans spend 75% of their take-home paying off debt.
  • Almost 90% of South Africans spend more money than ...
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Rent-a-Grandma & Businesses for Boomers

Job Description: Female, 50+, and Grandma-ish At a time when older female workers are having trouble finding work, a new ...
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Hire out living books from your local library

Like every other taxpayer-funded public service, libraries have been hit hard by budget cuts during the economic slowdown of the ...
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Insufficient retirement savings

Changes made to retirement savings in the 1990s have left many employees worse off, according to the results of the ...
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Refirement Story – Beth Montocchio

Beth Montocchio qualified as a nursing sister and mid-wife in her early 20’s, but left nursing soon afterwards to work ...
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Quick facts – The latest on retirement

In Sickness and in Health How one long-married spouse fares emotionally and physically can greatly impact the other. Recent research ...
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On top of the world: A real life, local example of not retiring but refireing

Ten years ago Anton and Amor Barnes bought the perfect retirement spot in a beautiful part of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands ...
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Why Work Is Good for Brain Health

Studies show staying active is good for your body and mind An active retirement boosts cognitive health. — Ben Hupfer/Corbis ...
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The death of retirement

A combination of factors – including inadequate savings, high product costs, combined with the likelihood of muted future returns – ...
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WHO WANTS TO BE A BURDEN?

Memory training as a way to prevent memory loss 1. Why worry about memory? There is a current global trend ...
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WORKING BEYOND YOUR FIRST CAREER

Cradle-to-grave employment is, mostly, a thing of the past. The work environment has changed dramatically over the past 30 years ...
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WORK RISKS FOR THE OVER-50 s

If you plan correctly, your retirement years may very well be your golden years. But if are financially and emotionally ...
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WOMEN AT 50+ – MYTHS AND LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE

It is one of the milestones for any woman: turning 50 with all that it means and represents. But the ...
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Why knowledge is power

Information technology is changing the way we communicate and interact at an unprecedented rate. If we do not read the ...
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What colour is your retirement?

A 21st century retirement includes a new definition of success, and requires us to look at the long forgotten dreams ...
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Visit the family or save your money?

Having children or family on more than one continent is now almost normal. This trend is challenging families to stay ...
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Check Your Balance. Can You Be Trusted?

As the recession hits us in our wallets and bank accounts, we feel more vulnerable and less trustworthy. We find ...
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THEN and NOW

Life used to be so simple. Back then the world seemed a safer place, the future was more certain and ...
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The new age salesman

RIP to the salesman of the 20th century Selling is part of life. It’s in our faces 24/7, whether it’s ...
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THE DIVORCE DIVIDE

On the day we get married we all hope for “happily ever after.” We don’t plan to get divorced and ...
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THE DIAMOND IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

The relationship between a husband and wife is like that of a diamond – precious, strong and, one hopes, with ...
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SCHOOL’S OUT – DOES THAT MEAN THE LEARNING JOURNEY IS OVER?

The way we learn in the 21 st century is dramatically different from how we learned in previous decades. Learning ...
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RETIREMENT AND RETRENCHMENT: A CROSSROADS, NOT A DEAD END

Retirement or retrenchment can be a body-blow for any active, engaged working person. The former is often not wanted, and ...
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PARENTING A 21st CENTURY CHILD

Parenting isn’t what it used to be. Our children are growing up in a world utterly different from the world ...
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LIFE IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

There are parts of our lives that we can control, and parts we can’t. One thing we can control is ...
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Life is about choices

Every time you spend money, you’re making a choice about what’s important to you. You can have it all, but ...
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IS SOCIAL MEDIA A FAD?

There are now more than 500-million Facebook users. That is one in 12 people in the world – Facebook could ...
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Generations in a flat world

Generational theory is beautifully summed up in a message from author Thomas Friedman to his own children, included in his ...
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Discovering the world of Work 2.0

New ways to work beyond your first career The world has changed dramatically in the last 20-30 years since the ...
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Define your next chapter

As the Baby Boomers hit retirement age, they’re realising that perhaps they can’t afford to retire, or, more often, they ...
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Let’s talk money- teaching them financial responsibility

The world has changed significantly in the past 30 years since you were a child. The plastic age of cards ...
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Our 15-point checklist for the best possible life

To be able to enjoy retirement, you need to have planned ahead on the money front, and be covered on ...
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Spiritual

Have you lost the picture for your puzzle? We all have a sense of destiny and have been created for ...
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Focus and Direction

The new convergence of technology is causing an avalanche of information to arrive on our doorstep every day. The skill ...
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Flexible career option in the parenting world

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Top Ten Ideas for work 50+

This list will help you to think through some ideas of the kind of work possibilities that exist as you ...
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Refire for energy and resilience

I spend a lot of time engaging with people about planning their next season of life. It normally is at ...
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Invitation for business mentors and advisors

The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Enterprise Development Academy was developed with the view to unearth and develop South ...
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Better – a different kind of shared space

As someone active in your second or third career you might have investigated shared office spaces as a place to ...
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A learning opportunity around LONGEVITY globally and what this means for individuals, companies and society

How does one start out on a learning journey about a new area in your life or learn more about ...
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Twenty questions to ask yourself about WHY you may need a second career?

There is a great author and TED speaker who has helped many people to understand that asking the question WHY ...
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The Assets in the Refirement Skills bank

One of the great tragedies of our time is that one day you are employed and valued and the next ...
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Build your own journey

The most profound book for me that has been published this year is The 100 year life - living and ...
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Live, Work, Play By Mike Gray

In Tim Ferris’s book “the four-hour-work-week, ” he sets out an audacious idea he himself has lived. By changing from ...
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Holley-woodpens by Bev Moller

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it ...
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You have not saved enough. Now what?

I have attended many financial talks where they use scenarios to show you what your situation will look like in ...
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Is looking for work when one is older like looking for a needle in a haystack?

In my work at Refirement Network, many people contact me desperate for a work opportunity. I explain that I am ...
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Creating a market for economic transformation for the 50+ generation in South Africa

We live in a world that is changing significantly both locally and internationally. Many in our Nation have retired early ...
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The Refirement 50+ Directory

Refirement Network has a vision and a dream. Our dream is to engage the skills of the older generation in ...
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Flexible workspace – a place of opportunity

My first encounter of working with a client that used flexible office space was a three day session I had ...
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Longevity Risks and Opportunities by Kay Darbourn

If you have the opportunity to plan for your future in advance – then do so! We are constantly learning ...
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Convergence offering new opportunities for the older generation

The convergence of longevity and technology is changing our landscape dramatically. The signs of this change are hitting our shores ...
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Mentoring for change by Louis Meijer

Introduction At the confluence of two tributaries the waters mix and swell the river as it proceeds down stream. The ...
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Lessons for succession planning from Bill Hybels

On Friday I was privileged to attend a leadership session with Bill Hybels in Pretoria. Bill Hybels is the lead ...
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Building entrepreneurs through intergenerational connections

During February I was invited to a breakfast networking event called The Lionesses of Africa at The Standard Bank Incubator ...
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Crossroads & Transitions | Lynda Smith

I met Lynda about a decade ago. A striking woman with an unassuming confidence about her. A skilled businesswoman, an ...
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 Going Glocal

When I started Refirement Network around ten years ago, I wanted to clearly understand what the trend of longevity meant ...
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What is LOVE?

It is amazing as we get close to 14 February how the marketing world hots up around this topic. Just ...
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Going on a play date

I have been working too much lately and not spending enough time on rest, reflection and creativity. I spend time ...
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Walking in my own Refirement Career

Refirement is about discovering and knowing your skills, talent and passion and turning this into purpose and change in your ...
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Happy Birthday Madiba- 67minutes- “46”-6-“64”

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the ...
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The parable of the dinosaur and the chameleon

In the late 1940’s and 50’s after the Second World War a whole bunch of babies were born. These babies ...
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Building Bridges

I have a dream To build bridges in South Africa For all South Africans This is a dream bigger than ...
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Hired hands or Hired Hearts?

In a company where the leader has an autocratic style of leadership there is not enough concern for the growth ...
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A clear path for leaders when you are deep in the forest

One of the real challenges leaders face in business is seeing with helicopter vision. This is often very difficult when ...
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Opening the door of opportunity

For the second time in my life I find myself with time to look for new opportunities.Someone once described LUCK ...
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Authentic Lives

"Professional and personal convergence - Just as the world of technology has bridged all elements of our lives, so is ...
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Imagine a creative society

Tom Peters writes the following in his book Reimagine - a must read- " I imagine a truly creative society: ...
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Are your staff over 55 human assets or human fodder?

The world of work has changed significantly over the past 40 years. For those that started their careers 40 years ...
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Finding Light Bulbs

By Craig Hyman Founder of Findinglightbulbs.com The idea of becoming an entrepreneur after 50 is daunting. For many, our concern ...
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Trends affecting us – Charlene Van Onselen

By Charlene Van Onselen Retirement brings with it many new challenges and fears to be faced. The spending power of ...
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Refirement Story : Off the Beaten Track

William (Wim) LeMaire’s journey takes him off the beaten track – from the architecture of European universities to the jungles ...
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BrainBoosters making a difference to the next generation

By GRAEME CODRINGTON Here at TomorrowToday, we’re very proud of one of our ex-colleagues, Lynda Smith. Lynda is a serial ...
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One million years of change for our Nation South Africa

There is a generation that has been in the world of work for more than 35 years and heading towards ...
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Retirement Expo

Older workers could offer a significant competitive advantage for future thinking companies Skills shortages across the globe could be worsened ...
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Retirement Expo

Industry Expert Lynda Smith provides options for ‘Work over 50’ at Retirement Expo 2012 The world has changed dramatically in ...
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Australian government recognises importance of older workers for the economy

– $1,000 bonus paid to hire a worker over 50 Businesses in Australia have been encouraged to find ways older ...
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Growing number of older workers could help solve labour shortage crisis

Job Creation and workforce growth are vital to any nation’s economic health. However, slowing population growth in developed nations, such ...
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Refirement Story: Meryll Brownlee

The story of Meryll Brownlee is an example of what can be achieved if someone takes the time to try ...
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My Brilliant Career: Young and old learn new skills

Lynda Smith is the CEO of BrainBoosters, which produces educational material for young children, and runs the Refirement Network, which ...
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Older Workers working longer

According to Statistics SA’s Mid-year population estimates for 2011, more than 5-million South Africans in their 50s and early 60s ...
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Examples of how Intergenerational Collaboration can result in innovative solutions

Therapist Toni Heineman was just a couple years shy of her 50th birthday when she decided to gather a group ...
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Your well-being is linked to engagement in work, caregiving, education & volunteering

Your well-being as you get older is linked to your active engagement in work, caregiving, education and volunteering A new ...
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Combine work & leisure to suit your lifestyle after 55

Traditional retirement generally requires you to work and save consistently for 30 or 40 years so that you can have ...
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Rent-a-Grandma & Businesses for Boomers

Job Description: Female, 50+, and Grandma-ish At a time when older female workers are having trouble finding work, a new ...
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WORKING BEYOND YOUR FIRST CAREER

Cradle-to-grave employment is, mostly, a thing of the past. The work environment has changed dramatically over the past 30 years ...
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WORK RISKS FOR THE OVER-50 s

If you plan correctly, your retirement years may very well be your golden years. But if are financially and emotionally ...
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THEN and NOW

Life used to be so simple. Back then the world seemed a safer place, the future was more certain and ...
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The new age salesman

RIP to the salesman of the 20th century Selling is part of life. It’s in our faces 24/7, whether it’s ...
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RETIREMENT AND RETRENCHMENT: A CROSSROADS, NOT A DEAD END

Retirement or retrenchment can be a body-blow for any active, engaged working person. The former is often not wanted, and ...
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Discovering the world of Work 2.0

New ways to work beyond your first career The world has changed dramatically in the last 20-30 years since the ...
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Define your next chapter

As the Baby Boomers hit retirement age, they’re realising that perhaps they can’t afford to retire, or, more often, they ...
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Focus and Direction

The new convergence of technology is causing an avalanche of information to arrive on our doorstep every day. The skill ...
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Flexible career option in the parenting world

You have finished parenting, learnt many lessons and now in “empty nest”. You may still be employed, been retrenched or ...
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Retirement Expo Press Release – 1 March 2011

Industry Expert Lynda Smith enthusiastic about being part of the first ever Retirement Expo in South Africa South African retirement ...
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Older workers offer better value than younger workers

Just a decade ago, experts warned of labour shortages in the United States and other countries as the baby boomers ...
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Working beyond your first career

Cradle-to-grave employment is, mostly, a thing of the past. The work environment has changed dramatically over the past 30 years ...
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Refirement Career Options – Fund Raiser

"A fundraiser can be an individual or company whose primary job is to raise money for a specific charity or ...
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Retirement and retrenchment: A crossroads, not a dead end

Retirement and retrenchment are emotional and life-changing events, especially when not desired or expected. Being able to see these challenges ...
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Traditional retirement shunned by the wealthy

Traditional retirement is being rejected by a new breed of wealthy worker who want to carry on working for as ...
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The parable of the dinosaur and chameleon – By Lynda Smith

In the late 1940’s and 50’s after the Second World War a whole bunch of babies were born. These babies ...
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Discovering the World of Work 2.0

New ways to work beyond your first career The world has changed dramatically in the last 20-30 years since the ...
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Retire ” in place”… Illusionary Oxymoron or Helpful Reality

This article is written by the founder of Retirement Options. Lynda Smith is an accredited coach for Retirement Options in ...
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Phased in Retirement

Tools to help an organization or individual look at this scenario. The July 3rd issue of The Economist sported an ...
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Scarce and Critical Skills List

This was taken from the Sunday Times of 30th March 2008 South Africa needs 913 000 people with scarce and ...
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The future of our youth – your part to play

Since starting in the recruitment field 8 years ago, I find myself steering conversations to my favourite topic – careers ...
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The IBM Solution to the Skills Shortage

The following story has been taken out of a book I have just finished reading. The Boomer Century 1946-2046 by ...
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Success factors for Retirement – Work Reorientation ( 1 of 15)

In this series we will discuss some factors that may affect you when you reach formal retirement. The Baby Boomer ...
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How Will You Use Your Extra Season of Life?

Lynda Smith is the founder of the Refirement Network, and is an expert in planning for the second half of ...
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Interview with Get It Hartbeespoort

Don’t retire- refire Lynda Smith from Hartbeespoort believes retirement is not the end of your life. It can be the ...
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Interview with www.hippo.co.za

Nevertirees – Why Some Top Business People Refuse to Retire Hippo.co.za: Tell us a little about your career journey, landmark ...
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The Legacy Project Interview | Social Entrepreneur

Lynda describes herself as a social entrepreneur. She graduated from the inaugural class of the GIBS Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme ...
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Lynda Smith – The startup story of a social entrepreneur on a mission to encourage baby boomers to have second careers to positively impact society

As the world’s population ages, and the baby boomer generation (those 50+) are looking to make a difference in the ...
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Crossroads & Transitions | Lynda Smith

I met Lynda about a decade ago. A striking woman with an unassuming confidence about her. A skilled businesswoman, an ...
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