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About the Author

Richard J. Leider is the founder and chairman of the Inventure Group. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.” He is the author or coauthor of eight books, including the bestselling Repacking Your Bags.

Alan M. Webber is the cofounding editor of Fast Company magazine and was the editorial director and managing editor of the Harvard Business Review. He has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and is the author of Rules of Thumb.

Copublished with AARP, the 37-million-member nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609949323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609949327
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RICHARD J. LEIDER
Legendary Coach, Bestselling Author, Speaker

Founder and Chairman of The Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting firm with offices in Minneapolis, MN, Richard has created a wide array of programs and experiences for clients, such as AARP, Caterpillar, Ericsson, Habitat for Humanity, and MetLife.

Richard is consistently rated as one of the top executive coaches in the world. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the "Top 5" most respected executive coaches, by Linkage as one of the "Top 50" executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a "legend in coaching."

He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and is a guest lecturer in the Harvard Business School and Duke Corporate Education.

Richard is the author of nine books, including three best sellers, and his work has been translated into 21 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal growth field. Claiming Your Place at the Fire and Something to Live For, have been touted as breakthrough books on "positive aging." He is a contributing author to many leading edge coaching books, including: Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future.

Richard holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Master Career Counselor. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing where he is a founder of The Purpose Project. As a commentator on "life work" challenges, Richard appears in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today, and on PBS public
television, NPR public radio and other media sources. Along with his professional pursuits, Richard leads annual Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa.

A pioneer in the field of "positive aging," Richard's work has received recognition from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship. He was named a "Distinguished Alumni" by Gustavus Adolphus College, to the "Hall of Fame" at Central High School, and received
the Fielding Outstanding Scholar for Creative Longevity and Wisdom award.

Richard is arguably one of the most in‐demand coaches in the world. For over 30 years he has helped more than 100,000 people from over 50 corporations discover the power and possibility to pursue life's big question: "What gets you up in the morning?"

Customer Reviews

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This book has helped me feel that there is much more out there for me.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Helen Scheel on October 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is an inspiring book that helps you figure out what's next for you. It is filled with great examples of how people have changed their lives.
As a woman in her 70's who has lost a husband, after many years of marriage, and has overcome cancer, it is easy to feel damaged and discouraged.
Reviving an interest in the arts and giving new things a try has set me on a different course. This book has helped me feel that there is much more
out there for me.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Newman on October 23, 2013
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Richard Leider and Alan Webber, two authors with long and successful pedigrees of making sense of major shifts in the world around us, have written an important book, one that begs to be read again and more deeply understood as soon as you have finished reading it. Life Reimagined cogently explains that the old notion of retirement, one framed by big employers, unions, actuaries, pension funds and TV situation comedies, is dying, dead and useless in a world where we live longer and demand more of life itself. They focus on the possibilities that life offers when life's 'triggers' throw us off our settled courses and how to approach the inevitable transitions that such jarring events engender. These possibilities must be dealt with since, as they eloquently state in the book's strongest message, choice is not a choice, and being stuck in fear and habit is the worst of all outcomes. They offer a practical guide to how to approach new directions with success in the pursuit of meaning and vitality; at all ages and all junctions. Above all, they advise us not to go it alone, always to connect with others for that is how we learn what we sound like, who we really are, and where serendipitous possibilities lie.

This is a book without dogma or egomaniacal preaching. It is modest, beautifully and economically written, ecumenical in its broad choice of examples of people who have successfully reimagined their lives and, above all, highly practical. They believe that reimagining life is part of a movement and that their contribution is but one element of a strong oncoming wave that will disrupt, liberate and empower those whose lives are now free to be led in technicolor and 3D.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By W. A. Carpenter VINE VOICE on January 12, 2014
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Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities by Leider and Webber is a disappointment. The chapters cover the right topics: the pros and cons of aging, discovering your true passion, re-imagining your life, and trying out new possibilities. And the authors have a good overall plan for doing this work - stay curious, reflect, connect with others, expore, and then experiment with some new things. But the content is handled in a very superficial way. Even the interviews with people about how they re-imagined their lives are done in a superficial way - as if the interviews were conducted through a couple of short emails. The results, I'm sorry to say, are rather insipid.

The topics in this book are important and deserve more serious treatment. If you want a more in-depth approach to this kind of work, I recommend that you try other books. Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser by Lewis Richmond and Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by Daniel Klein are both much better options to consider.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Leeper on January 5, 2014
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In SEP I left my job of 27 years which was at the end of a forty or so year career in IT. Much of that was unpleasant, long, rewarding and challenging, but never true to my core interests; I just happened to be good at IT. Richard Leider has put together a very simple book with some manageable steps to re-start your life, doing what you actually enjoy. For three months or so I've been working through the process of trying to figure out what is next on my own, and also working with a professional firm which focuses primarily on getting you back in the work force. I ordered this last last week and it's helped me focus more than any other approach over the past three months. Reading "Life Reimagined" is like having a nice thoughtful person listening to you and being supportive of your interests, your need to do something really important and enjoyable for YOU in the time you have left. It's thought provoking enough that one would benefit reading it long before being Social Security eligible.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Richard Feller on October 4, 2013
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After reading a great book, you see evidence of its message in most everything you do. Lieder and Webber provide the security and permission to internally explore what can be. They understand transition's angst and the power of connecting with others. Their model respects isolation as dangerous, authenticity as the peace to seek, and that growing from the inside replaces clutter with choices to live fully. No advice or recipe to perfection's illusion here, but a clear process that provides hope and encouragement for dancing to your own music. While Bolles' Parachute freed job seekers, and Covey made self-improvement habitual, Life Reimagined has reframed curiosity and possibilities as the new lexicon of a life well lived.
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