Bill Vick and I Discuss Our New Project for Boomers

Talking about Boomers Next Step

BlogTalkRadioLogoLast Thursday, US time – Friday my time – on my Des Walsh & Friends show on BlogTalkRadio I had a great chat with my friend and colleague Bill Vick.

You can listen to the episode – or download it to listen later – at this link Bill Vick on Des Walsh & Friends.

Although separated by thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, Bill and I have worked together for a few years now. It is a mark of how business has changed in recent years that we have been able to collaborate, co-author books and now begin planning for an ambitious new project, without ever having met face to face and without spending a vast amount of money on communications. In fact, most of our communication is via email and Skype, which means there is no cost to either of us, apart from the regular internet connection charges we incur anyway.

We have produced, with publisher Happy About, the book LinkedIn for Recruiting, which went through two editions and which we finally “retired”:  the e-book version of the second edition is now available free of charge and can be downloaded from the link in the sidebar here. We also published, independently, the audiobook – DVD and e-book – Big Biller, based on a series of interviews with highly successful recruiters and other industry leaders.

And now, as we discussed in last week’s BlogTalkRadio session, we are about to launch our Boomers Next Step project, to help boomers meet new challenges, especially in terms of career and business.

Bill, never a man to let the grass grow under his feet, has in fact already got the project going, with a stack of resources and a series of fascinating video interviews on the Boomers Next Step project site.

We’ll be making some specific announcements over the next couple of weeks. If you would like to know more and be kept in the loop, check out the Contact page on Boomers Next Step: if you give us your details there or get the RSS feed link, we will be able to keep you posted.

We’re both excited about this project and I’ll endeavour to provide the occasional update here on Thinking Home Business too.

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Comments

  1. @ Sahail

    Great questions! I’ve just had a long session with Bill via Skype and I can assure you the points you raise are front and center. You are absolutely right about the terrible stress some people go through and the impact on their sense of self-worth and their view of their own future potential.

    So much money is spent by corporations on company wide change management, but sometimes that just makes people a bit more cunning, with change at the periphery of behavior, not real, profound change in thinking, attitude and motivation.

    We are not psychologists, but we are coaches and we are coaches who have played the game, more than once, of career change, and creating our own next steps.

    So yes to helping with change. Yes to communication skills and yes to selling oneself to a recruiter/hirer (noting that before we can sell our services effectively to someone else we’d better make sure we have done a superlative job of building our own sense of justified self-esteem, or if you will, selling ourselves to ourselves).

    I hope that answers your questions for the moment.

    Thanks again.

  2. Sahail Ashraf says:

    Thinking about that Greg,

    What details can you share about how you will help Boomers meet these challenges?

    Change can be the most painful thing in a professional’s life. One can feel worthless, behind, and as if time has been wasted.

    It can lead to ‘Gardening leave’ being an attractive option.

    Guessing change management will be a huge part of what the project will offer? As well as communication skills? And selling oneself to a recruiter?

    Sahail

  3. @ Bill
    I’m wondering if we should be daring and announce our launch date?

    @Sahail
    Good points. Only thing is, those who have worked for a corporation for years have to learn some new skills and (as they say with athletes in championship events) learn to dig deep, emotionally, when there are pressures they have not experienced, or not so directly, before.

    @ Amalaki Juice
    True. On the internet front there is a challenge: the next time I hear a Boomer boasting about being a Luddite I know I will walk away. But they are not the Boomers who are actually looking for new challenges.

  4. Awesome post!

    The boomers have been and will continue to be the leading edge of any trend for the years to come. From Gerber as babies, to Ford as they were teens, to New Home starts, to now, the health and wellness revolution and the increasingly important role of the internet.

    Have a great one!

  5. Sahail Ashraf says:

    Great post.

    Boomers aren’t going to be left behind, experience is everything. Different generations have a more holistic view of things anyway, and are calmer and more rational when it comes to business.

    Makes them perfect businesspeople, and even more so with the ever increasingly wired up world.

    Thanks for a graet piece.

  6. Des – it was a joy appearing on the BlogTalkRadio show and I so very, very excited as we move forward on creating a new web site, book and other tools focused on showing boomers how to succeed at an encore career or in life. It promises to be an exciting ride and I’m looking forward to having others join us for the trip.