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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: FriesenPress (August 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770672990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770672994
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Burgess has worn many hats during his career: Educator, writer, businessman, telecommunications executive, public policy adviser, and association executive. He is also frequent speaker and media commentator on political, business and cultural issues. For 11 years, he wrote a weekly column for the Rocky Mountain News that was nationally distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.

Phil spent 19 years in higher education as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines, where he taught public policy, management, and resource economics - and directed a university-wide research facility, Ohio State's Behavioral Sciences Laboratory.

Phil also served as visiting professor at UCLA's School for Public Policy and Social Research and in the business school at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). He is currently a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California.

Phil has served in a variety of public service posts - including at the national level or dealing with national issues:

● president of the National Academy of Public Administration, chartered by the US Congress to provide trusted advice to Federal institutions, including the White House and Congress;
● member of the America's first privacy commission (1974),
● member, Committee on Planning and Research, White House Conference on Aging, (1970),
● staff director of the U.S. Department of State's European Advisory Council,
● the US committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). and
● chief executive of two think tanks - The Annapolis Institute and the Center for the New West.

And at the multi-state regional level:

● chief executive of two economic development associations, the Federation of Rocky Mountain States (1975-76) and the Western Coal Export Council (1981-84),
● president of the Western Governors' Policy Office (WESTPO), where he served 43 governors during West's energy boom years (1975-82),
● commissioner, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

In the private sector, Phil served in senior positions in major high-cap multi-nationals in the media-communications space:

● senior vice president for Communications and Corporate Affairs at US West Communications (now Qwest, Inc.) in Denver, Colorado (1999-2000); and
● group managing director for public policy, communications and corporate affairs, including the Telstra Foundation, at Telstra Communications Corporation in Sydney, Australia (2005-08).

Phil received his undergraduate degree with honors from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and his Ph.D. from The American University in Washington, D.C. A former Fulbright Scholar, he is the author or co-author of nine books and many articles and received Telecom Magazine's "Corporate Communicator of the Year" award for 2008.

An avid mariner, Phil crewed an open-cockpit sailboat in the 1992 Americas 500, a trans-Atlantic sailboat race - from Palos, Spain and the Canary Islands to San Salvador Island in the Bahamas - and has captained passages across the Great Lakes and through the canals and rivers of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US.

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I will never use the work "retirement" again.
DJ
As he says, "good health and satisfaction in later-life are most likely to come from working."
Lectrice
If you are any where near retirement, a must read.
Mark Roellig

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lectrice on September 30, 2011
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This is a great book for anyone in their 50s. You're still a ways off from retirement but have become very aware that your career will taper off some day not too far off, so why not start planning for it? Phil Burgess makes the case that the planning will make all the difference to the important last 30 or so years of your life. And he's not talking in a financial way, but in a pretty basic "feeling useful" kind of way. What's the secret? As he says, "good health and satisfaction in later-life are most likely to come from working." But the work he outlines sounds like pure pleasure because it's based on using our real talents and skills rather than just plugging away at something for the money. Full of anecdotes, advice, scripts, stats, and encouragement, I found this book a thought-provoking primer for preparing for life after the career. Most importantly, Burgess is speaking from a place of knowledge, having tried and failed to do "retirement" twice before writing Reboot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Z. on September 7, 2011
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Philip M. Burgess Ph.D. has a revolution on his hands - a revolution in thinking about life changes.

Dr. Burgess, through his own experience as a successful businessman and his thoughtful analysis of demographic changes, economic realities and self-fulfillment, has crafted a blueprint for people to remain active, productive - and happy - in what society has taught us to believe are our "declining years."

The result is "REBOOT! What do to When Your Career is Over But Your Life Isn't."

This accessible, informative book is built on a philosophy that recognizes and celebrates our societal and self-worth, and gives us practical steps to make the most of who we are and who we want to be. "REBOOT!" is not some lofty tome of self-actualization, however. Its advice is real, and can be put to work immediately to make the next stage of life happy, rewarding and beneficial to ourselves and others.

Life doesn't end when a job or career ends. Our next calling is just around the corner, and Dr. Phil Burgess shows us how to get there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DJ on September 12, 2011
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Factual, humorous, stimulating! Totally re-calibrates the concept of retirement. Having made the somewhat difficult transition from a 34-year career to post-career years, I identified and agreed with many of his points, and found myself saying "yes, that's absolutely right!" If I had read this book before making my transition, my transition would have gone much smoother.

This is a "must read" for anyone preparing for the transition to post-career years. "Staying on the clock" and working in a second, fulfilling career just makes good sense. I will never use the work "retirement" again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Gross on August 16, 2012
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The book is a cheerful encouragement to embrace a life after work which is more than just shuffleboard, or moving to a warmer climate. Even in these tighter economic times, a lot of people do have the monetary means to retreat to a life of simple pleasure, which for most highly accomplished or even just reasonably industrious people soon can turn into a life of boredom. On the other hand working for another ten years doesn't seem like a good idea either. The idea here is that we should embrace this time of change and "reboot" into a new mode of something with more personal value, and less economic value. A good idea, and for me, recieved at a good time in my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By skipper on October 7, 2011
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Reboot! is a great read for anyone approaching a transition - and especially those transitioning to what some call "retirement" and what Burgess calls your "post-career life." Reboot! is not a "find your hobby" or "find yourself" book. It is a well-written and provocative book about why we should return to work after a life of work. Why? Because there is work to be done in this world and it makes no sense for us to turn our back on the world when we are at the top of our game and, for most of us, with many healthy and energetic years ahead of us.

Reboot! is opinionated, but the author provides strong supporting evidence and persuasive analytics, and it succeeds in talking about purposeful living and life's meaning without ever talking about Maslow's hierarchy of needs. That deserves a big Hooray! It is also written in kitchen-table English...another big plus.

Whether you agree with it or not, Reboot! makes a strong case for retiring "retirement" as an ideal or a goal of later life. More importantly, Reboot! focuses attention on ordinary middle-class Americans - Mainstreeters - and not the big media, show biz or corporate celebrities and high-net worth individuals that so many other "stay active in retirement" books do.

Burgess has a different message and presents it clearly: You do not have to be rich, famous or influential to give back, to help others or repair the world. Each of us can do it...that is, continue to use our gifts to help others and improve the world...no matter our station in life. More importantly, each of us should do it. And that "should do it" is the real message and the underlying importance of this fresh look at how we manage our time, treasure and talent in later-life. It is not just to "stay engaged" but to "stay engaged through work" of some kind - and Reboot! outlines the different kinds of work we can pursue till we "die with our boots on" or are prevented by ill-health or frailty from continuing to work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JLW on September 30, 2011
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There are hundreds of career planning books. But REBOOT! is the first book I've read that challenges me to take just as seriously my life after my "career" is over.

What do I really want to accomplish? How will I make the greatest difference?

I love the examples in the book of ordinary people who have chosen their own way to keep working.

For me, the "enrichment work" Phil Burgess describes has the greatest pull. After years of being immersed in the tasks of my career responsibilities, broadening my mind and learning in depth about the causes most important to me is the path I want to pursue now.

I love the research peppered in the book. Dr. Burgess uses his own life, anecdotes from others and research to strengthen his thesis that it's important to keep working.
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