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Since trudging to the office until age 85 sounds horrific, the question is: What will an enjoyable and fulfilling retirement look like? In her new book, Retire Retirement: Career Strategies for the Boomer Generation, Tamara Erickson explores boomers' options and offers guidance for achieving them. --Forbes.com, February 28, 2008

Gone are the days when retirement meant playing golf, gardening, learning a new language or just spending your 9-to-5 on the couch. "We're living in a day and age where the last 30 or so years of your adult life are as important as the first 30..." --The Associated Press, April 1, 2008

Research has indicated that for older adults to succeed in transition, it s better to test the waters than to sit home evaluating your life with checklists and self-assessments...It s only through an iterative process of trying new things that you ll find something that really works for you. --The New York Times, April 21, 2008

About the Author

Tamara J. Erickson is both a respected, McKinsey Award-winning author and popular and engaging storyteller. Her compelling views of the future are based on extensive research on changing demographics and employee values and, most recently, on how successful organizations work. She is President of The Concours Institute, the research and education arm of BSG Concours, a division of BSG Alliance Corp., and co-author of Workforce Crisis.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422120597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422120590
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tamara J. Erickson is a McKinsey Award-winning author and widely respected expert on collaboration and innovation - on building talent and enhancing productivity - and on the nature of work in the intelligent economy. She was recently named one of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers 50, a biennial guide created by Dearlove and Crainer and published in The (London) Times. Her work is based on extensive research on the changing workforce and employee values and, most recently, on how successful organizations innovate through collaboration. Tammy has authored or co-authored numerous Harvard Business Review articles, including "It's Time to Retire Retirement," winner of the McKinsey Award, an MIT Sloan Management Review article, and the book Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent. She recently completed a trilogy of books on how individuals in specific generations can excel in today's workplace. Retire Retirement: Career Strategies for the Boomer Generation, What's Next, Gen X? Keeping Up, Moving Ahead and Getting the Career You Want and Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work. Her blog "Across the Ages" is featured weekly on HBSP Online (http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/erickson/). Tammy and her husband live on a "play farm" in Massachusetts.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Battle on April 25, 2008
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Really liked this book. I've read several on this subject and this is the first one that really probes into the "new" retirement paradigm (Love that word). Here is a quote:

"30 years, say from age 55 to 85 is a long time. Its enough time to do "it" all over again - differently, better, and with the benefit of experience and freedom of focus. You may want to attempt a profession you didn't try the first time around. 30 years is plenty of time to go to med school, nursing or law school."

Truth is 60 or 65 is not old and Tamara brings that point home as it relates to the work world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Joyce on March 7, 2009
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As someone shuffling towards the "Third Phase of Life" I found Tamara Erickson's book an essential guide to planning for an active and involved retirement. Her definition of retirement as "A New Life Stage" is encouraging and the options that she lists are practical pointers towards making the most of the rest of your life.

Buy this book in your mid-to-late fifties, as I did and give yourself plenty of time to not only read, understand and own the ideas she writes about, but to make practical plans for building the springboard you need to actively dive into the exciting possibilities of retirement, rather than passively falling into the abyss of old age.

Of all the advice given in this book, I found Chapter Five on "Reinventing Your Career and Your Life" the most useful. It begins with the profound wisdom of suggesting "Doing What You Want" is the basis for retirement planning and then goes on to treat this in the same way that any executive would approach a business plan, including advice on networking and "Redefining Your Own Brand" - all of which offers a very reassuring and practical approach to defining what you want out of life and going about getting it.

Highly recommended for anyone looking forward, not so much to 'retirement' as to pursuing a life-long dream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blythe Mcgarvie on May 1, 2008
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Work and life is more than the compound word worklife. We need to integrate work and leisure througout our life. Tammy Erickson's Retire Retirement captures the essence of the integrated life. You feel like you are having a conversation with Tammy and can hear her voice in the book. I liked page 113 about the global view of what the ideas of work/leisure cycles are. Also, starting on page 128, there are great ways of selling your ideas.I had not heard "life lures"...that has staying power. Thanks for creating this book. It will serve a lot of needs. I think Gen Y is going to be eager to know what to do. As Tammy writes, `boomer parents, you have loved those little darlings to pieces."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CC on May 24, 2013
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The book's premise seems to be that you should continue working instead of retiring because you have the power to negotiate terms with employers. Question the premise. Should you continue working if you can afford instead to retire? The idea that you have 30 years left at retirement age is statistically not true. Sure, some people will live to be 90 or 95. But the average person reading this review will die before age 80. So, at 65 you are likely to have only 15 years OR LESS to take hikes, be stress-free, play with your grandchildren, and so forth. If you have to work for financial reasons, fine. But if you don't, consider whether paid employment is the best use of your remaining days.
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