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These posts first appeared in The Hobson magazine. It’s about the commitment to reinvention at mid life.

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  • The Creativity of Boredom

    By Sandy Burgham As a keen observer of consumer culture, I am interested in the current business discourse regarding the importance of creativity and innovation. The inherent irony in this is that the word “business” has etymological links to “busyness”, which is exactly the opposite condition one really needs for both creativity and its implementation phase of innovation.   Research

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  • Is it just a lack of imagination holding you back?

    I was recently recommended this TedTalk and have been passing it on every since. Harvard Psychologist Dan Gilbert challenges our  fundamental misconception about the power of time. He argues that we are walking around with an illusion that our personal history has just come to an end, that we have just recently become the people that we were always meant to be and will

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  • Clearly, I am not sorry….

    Hot on the heels of the recent #banbossy campaign fronted by Beyonce we have #shinestrong, an effort to reach out to women by Pantene, who must have realized that dull hair is not actually what holds women back.  Click here to look at the video about how often women apologize in everyday situations.  The video is part of the company’s

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  • Staying In Step on the Pre-Ball

    By Sandy Burgham Sandy Burgham, The Hobson’s “The Second Act” columnist, shares her notes about a different kind of life event. After being accused of only thinking about myself and my “stupid 50th birthday party” by my equally self- involved 17-year-old daughter, we drew the short straw and agreed to host a pre-ball, the social hot potato amongst parents of

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  • VIVA – The New Balance

    Started off the year with an interview in VIVA talking about balance. While it’s always a bit awkward reading a transcript of an interview I did actually say all these things. Read it here.

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  • #GIRLBOSS

    Have been recommending this book to everyone I know. For Gen Y and below – it’s an inspirational DIY business book that they will relate to. For Gen X and above – it’s a great example of how business is done is done in the digital age…and who is doing it…  

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  • How to Live Wisely

    By Sandy Burgham Reflections on lessons learnt from my late mother As my 50th birthday loomed, I experienced the usual angst mixed with incredulity that I had probably passed the halfway point. The wake-up call was also due to my own mother having died in her 50s. At the time, she had seemed so old, but as I crept toward

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  • Writing your own Story

    By Sandy Burgham Nearly all of the individuals that I coach are senior executives in their mid-life, and seeking help in exploring leadership issues and opportunities. By pulling back and observing their work experiences in the greater context of their life, breakthroughs in leadership thinking and being can occur. We all overuse a particular word, and mine is “journey”. I

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  • Shoud, Would, Could

    By Sandy Burgham Mid-life reinvention is a double-edged sword. While there is already a lifetime of experiences, and if lucky, a financial foundation to build on, with age comes some unconscious habits, which can sometimes unwittingly hold a person back.   One of the keys to discovering patterns of thinking that may be holding back an individual from change is

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  • Resolve to do Something…Anything

    By Sandy Burgham   The trick, says Sandy Burgham, is to take your New Year resolutions one step at a time You know the drill. Make a resolution to start a new behavior in January, overcompensate for it first in December, enjoy the first couple of weeks before you find yourself backsliding by February. You and 92% of other resolution

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