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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Cincinnati Book Publishers; First edition (July 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981726984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981726984
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keith Lawrence is President of Sustaining Success Solutions, a management consulting firm dedicated to unleashing potential and co-founder of LifeScape SolutionsTM. Keith has consulted with, among others, General Electric, Toyota, Staples, General Mills, and Bridgestone. Keith's prior experience includes 32 years at Procter & Gamble, where he was a Directory of Human Resources and had assignments across multiple global businesses and functions. He led worldwide efforts at P&G to define leadership, integrate new employees from several acquisitions (e.g., Gillette), and numerous startups and restructurings. Keith is a sought-after speaker at industry and academic events with engagements in 17 countries and for 15,000 people. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor s in Industrial Engineering and has completed his MBA. Prior to co-authoring Your Retirement Quest, Keith contributed to numerous books and articles.

Alan Spector retired from a 33-year career at Procter & Gamble as a Directory of Worldwide Quality Assurance, having also managed worldwide Product Supply and Research & Development organizations. In retirement, Alan has volunteered as a management and quality assurance consultant, bringing business practices to nonprofits and community initiatives. Prior to co-authoring Your Requirement Quest, Alan authored two books, Baseball: Never To Old to Play The Game and Hail Hail to U City High, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. He lectures at university and high school creative writing classes and has presented nonprofit business-oriented practices to conferences at the RAND Corporation, The Michigan Ross School of Business, and The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Alan is co-founder of LifeScape SolutionsTM, a company that conducts life-planning seminars for prospective retirees while also helping their employers increase the engagement of their most experienced employees.

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This book was an eye opener..
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How refreshing to read real life scenario's experienced by real people.
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It is a must read for anyone who is entering this lifestage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Orbman on August 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Your Requirement Quest" by Spector and Lawrence is much more than a retirement planning guide. It is a reference book that can and should be used well before "retirement" and throughout the rest of your life.

I have been "retired" for four years, and started planning for it almost ten years ago. I consider this new period of my life to be very fulfilling, and although I had already done many of the recommendations made in this book, I now have a better understanding as to why my planning was important, how all of the planning aspects fit together, and a realization that my "retirement" planning is an on-going process.

Spector and Lawrence's book adds clarity to the planning process, and my hope is that by reading this book (and re-reading this book for many years to come) and learning from it, my "retirement" years will continue to be filled with joy and a passion for life.

A decade ago, my wife and I made a list of the characteristics of a place where we would like to live in "retirement," made separate lists of the ten things we would like to do while we still could, and I made a second list of the activities I wanted to work on or do on a daily or routine basis. I had already realized that everything in my life for which I had a passion had four components: search, discovery, learning, and sharing.

Interestingly, all of the items on my second list had all four of these components - when I made the list - but once I entered "retirement," I found that some of them no longer had all four components, and it seemed strange to me that I didn't enjoy some of these activities as much as I used to, but almost felt a self-obligation to continue doing them as I had so much of my life invested in them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By voirdire on July 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
In North America, 10,000 people a day retire. And, many do so with little planning or awareness. The highest suicide rate of any demographic group are men 65 to 70. These bleak statistics underlie the need for this incredibly useful and practical book. The book is based on research done by the authors and culled from other sources. But, beyond the research, the authors have done an incredible job of pulling together stories of people who have faced retirement's challenges and sometimes overcome and sometimes been overwhelmed by them. Then, the authors offer specific and concrete advice on how to make retirement work. It is a must read for anyone who is entering this lifestage. The authors build their credibility have having done numerous workshops where they help people through this transition. Few books can have the targeted impact that this book can have. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Chapin on September 25, 2010
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I'm very fortunate to have read this book before my husband retired. I had been telling him to just do it and figure out later what he'll do.

Big mistake! He's been saying for years that he doesn't know if he can fill his days with just golf and tennis, and I told him he'll find new things to do.
But if he doesn't know now, he's not likely to know later, before he's thought it out properly.

If my husband (and everyone else contemplating retirement reads "Your Retirement Quest) they'll actually get to know themselves better. My husband realized that he couldn't answer "yes" to the three questions to determine if you're ready to retire: Do you have enough, will you have enough to do, and have you had enough?

It's funny how, at the beginning of our careers, we may see the upcoming decades as an end to the freedom of our carefree college days. And yet, if not planned properly, those same people may find themselves in an ironic situation as they regain that freedom - but with nothing to do.

My husband and I learned a lot about figuring out what filling our lives with fulfilling adventures means to us.

Great read!
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The authors have written a highly readable, well-researched, and informative guide to the Great Transition my baby boomer pals and I are now making as we sail into the unknown waters of the retirement phase of our lives. They posit that the same focus and vision we have applied to working can successfully transfer to our post work lives, and the combination of stories, scenarios and secrets that they offer reinforces the theme: plan ahead. Living my life after a heady and happy career meant, to me, living it with purpose. I was delighted to learn that I had done some of my homework well, and to have both additional information and homework ( ok, i do better with a guided plan) to better chart my course. I found the section on stages of retirement eye opening and consistent with my experiences as a newbie retiree; and i really liked how the authors tied the notions of life purpose and core values to retirement planning. I think this very thoughtful and comprehensive book will help anyone wondering, "but what am i going to do next?".
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MY KUDOS TO AL SPECTOR AND HIS COLLABORATORS ON WRITING "YOUR RETIREMENT REQUEST". WHEN I STARTED READING THIS BOOK I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS GOING TO BE OF ANY UTILITY TO ME. BUT AS I DELVED INTO IT, SEVERAL KEY STATEMENTS HELPED ME REALIZE TWO THINGS:
1. IT HELPED ME VALIDATE THE PLANS THAT I HAVE IN PLACE FOR MY RETIREMENT AND
2. THAT THE GOAL IS NOT ONLY FINANCIAL FREEDOM BUT PHYSIOLOGICALLY TO ATTAIN THE END GOAL OF BEING HAPPY.
THE BOOK DEFINITELY SHOWS THE REALITIES OF RETIREMENT OR PLANNING FOR IT IN AN "NON"-ALARMIST MANNER.
"YOUR RETIREMENT REQUEST" IS A BOOK THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE INSIGHT TO RETIREMENT. AL WROTE A BOOK "BASEBALL: NEVER TOO OLD TO PLAY THE GAME" , NOW READING THIS BOOKS LEADS ME TO "RETIREMENT:
NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN".
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