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The Purpose-Driven Sabbatical: New Approach to Achieve the Happy Factor

Without purpose, a sabbatical won’t make you happy. I’ve interviewed many individuals who thought all they needed to do was negotiate the time away, arrange for their work to get done, and instruct the tech department to dissolve temporary access to their email. Then, totally disconnected from work life, the grand experience of their sabbatical […]

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Three Common Approaches to Asking for a Sabbatical – and Why They Don’t Work

What is it about springtime that prompts individuals to want to act on the idea of asking their boss for a sabbatical? While sabbatical programs in companies are a growing trend, individuals at work in companies without them are taking the initiative and negotiating their own. With more and more people contacting yourSABBATICAL for help, […]

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New Sabbatical Program Falls Short of Top Notch

I give an “A” for effort to Ray Clark, Founder and CEO, of The Marketing Arm. He’s kicked off 2012 with a program that combines time and cash for his longtime employees. Not too bad so far, eh? Anyone who has been with the Dallas-based marketing and promotions agency for at least seven years is being rewarded with […]

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Just What We Need. Ego-Driven CEO on Run-Away Sabbatical

It’s not as if Jared Heyman isn’t a nice  guy.  He does look  likeable.  And, as a driven businessman and entrepreneur, his success deserves celebration in ways he chooses.  But, his idea of a sabbatical as “running away,” curls my brain. Taking into consideration that INC. needs to sell buckets of magazines, perhaps he did have  a better message […]

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18 Reasons Why Companies Want a Sabbatical Program for Their Employees

 While organizations disappear, wait out or struggle in this economy,  you can guess  a number of senior executives wouldn’t even venture a conversation about establishing a sabbatical program for their employees. Apt responses in this group are:   “Are you out of your mind?” “No way. We want them here and working, working working.” “Who’s doing that?”  So […]

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IKEA’s Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest is Back!

In the dark days of this economy and job market, here’s a sunny spot.  If you have a passion to make a positive difference – in the lives of people, dogs, fire ants,  the environment or whatever your cause might be – you have an audience who’s ready to listen and give you funding.  It’s your […]

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Need Resources and Inspiration for Your Sabbatical Plan? Attend Meet, Plan, Go!

While your organization may show high interest in joining the list of companies with established sabbatical programs, this economy may have temporarily stalled or diverted that high interest.  No need to despair. You can do it yourself!  Really?  And  how might that work?  For inspiration, tips, tools and real stories of people who have added sabbaticals […]

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Dream Do-Over for This Man’s Sabbatical

Asked to reflect on our last twenty years of living, each of us would do it a different way.   Bruce Weber sums up the last eighteen years of his life like this: “Both of my parents died. My brother and his wife had a son. A couple of sincere and serious love affairs began and […]

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Why a Sabbatical on Your Resume Makes You More Desirable – Plus Tips for Negotiating One

Marlo Gaal, who hires employees as corporate HR director for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, says a sabbatical on a resume has the potential to make a candidate more interesting. “It’s an upside [for a candidate] because I appreciate the diversity,” Gaal says, in a US News & World Report article this week. “To me, [what you […]

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Think Small (very small) to Uncover Optimism for Work, a Future Sabbatical and Life

Our local food pantry executive director, Timothy Evans, wrote an eloquent essay, “Who Are You Gonna Listen To?” for the June Manna Food Bank-Pensacola’s  newsletter.  Evans ponders the obscure economic indicators celebrity economists use to discern the message of the economic recovery he keeps hearing about on broadcast news.  He says he’s hardly encouraged since the  message of […]

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Workplace Changes Will Bomb if New Life Stage Has No Name

By this time tomorrow, 11,000 more people will turn 60 and this blog has touted best-selling author, Daniel Pink’s declaration that a revolution is on the way –  a demographic revolution changing the future of the workplace. Realizing at sixty that they have another twenty-five years to do the things that matter most, this best-educated, […]

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Working Harder and Harder to Achieve Less and Less. How Ya Doin’ With That?

 Driving home from a recent business dinner, I struggled to figure out just how my three smiling dinner companions processed the current business environment with such remarks as “turning the corner,” “looking better than ever,” “full of promise,” and, (the corker), “my best year ever.” All three highly educated, high achieving business owners seemed out […]

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Get Where You Live Right, You’ll Get Life Right. R-e-a-l-l-y?

A good friend is packing up to move  six states to the east – closer to the ocean where it won’t snow.  Without a job for over a year, she figures her spirit will get a boost in new surroundings where the sun shines more days than in Cincinnati.  In no time she’ll be inspired to tackle a future […]

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Becoming an Employer of Choice: Five Steps for Talent Branding

Becoming competitive in the next economy means employers must execute talent branding and become known as a talent magnet. According to an article in this month’s Talent Management magazine, here are five steps for talent branding that companies should employ: Use talent mapping. Segment the workforce into separate roles based on their business value and […]

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Powering Down: Forcing My Disconnectedness in a Moab Canyon

Sometimes the only way to disconnect for a few days is to choose a location that offers no other choice. I’m leaving tomorrow morning for Moab, Utah. I’ll fly into Grand Junction, Colorado, and then drive a rental car a couple of hours to Moab, where I’m meeting my friend, Dee-Dee, at the grocery store […]

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Obsessed with Goals? Might Explain Why There’s No Sabbatical in View for You

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, written by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter, outlines 20 habits to break to become even more successful. With an average of 4.5 stars from 288 Amazon readers, the book deserves your attention. The 20 habits include clinging to the past, making excuses and winning too much.  Goldsmith is “corporate America’s […]

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Shape Muscles, Sling Hammers and Do Good Work: The Sweat-Equity Sabbatical

Mixing travel and good deeds is a always a great recipe for a sabbatical. Maybe you want to volunteer abroad but are skittish about taking a chance on a charitable organization you’ve never heard in a far-off place … like Mongolia. Would the rock-solid reputation of “Habitat for Humanity” help you take the leap? No one disputes […]

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Matt Koenig’s Big Decision: Four Months or One Year for His Family’s Sabbatical?

Matt Koenig of 1 Year Sabbatical might have a few sleepless nights ahead of him. A few weeks ago, after working through Negotiating Your Sabbatical: The Ultimate Toolkit for Writing and Presenting a Killer Sabbatical Proposal Your Boss Can’t Refuse, Matt presented his sabbatical proposal to his boss. She understood Matt’s desire to live with […]

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When Too Much Thinking about a Sabbatical Bogs You Down

Faced with the decision of moving toward a break in your career involves many moving parts. The negotiation with your boss, the planning and execution, and assuring positive outcomes for you and your company – all deserve to be well thought-out. But spinning wheels over and over ideas are what some of us are really […]

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New York Times Win-a-Trip 2011 Winner Will Offer Insight into “Service”

 As one of five finalists, I still drool over the almost-mine opportunity to accompany a two-time Pulitzer Prize  journalist on a trip to the developing world.  Winning that Win-a-Trip 2011 Contest sponsored by The New York Times offered by Nicholas Kristof meant time out of my everyday rat race  to one of the most desperate places on the […]

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The After-Pregnant Pause: Is Calling Your Time Out a “Parent Sabbatical” Smart – or Not?

Who knew to call time out raising your kids a “parenting sabbatical”?  Seems this touted option elicits opinionated responses from moms of the world. In her column yesterday for the New York Times, Overcoming a “Planned” Sabbatical, Lisa Belkin features Barbara Hannan Grufferman’s suggestions for re-entering the workforce after taking time out to have a family.  Ms. […]

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Wanted: Your “Service” Sabbatical Story

Individuals planning sabbaticals often ponder the “giving back” opportunity. Some sabbatical-goers spend their entire sabbatical as a volunteer in their community or in a far-flung country; others carve out a portion of their time away to help others. If either of these experiences describe what you did or are planning on your sabbatical, we invite […]

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The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference: Strategies and Employer Networking for Professionals Seeking to Return to the Workforce

Returning to work after a long sabbatical or hiatus that wasn’t employer-sponsored? The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference is produced throughout the US and abroad by the career reentry programming company, iRelaunch, whose founders are Harvard Business School alumnae Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, authors of Back on the Career Track. The next […]

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The New York Times’ Trip Contest: My Mother Could Be the Lucky Winner

What do people usually want to do on sabbatical? Learn something, travel, and give back are the top answers we hear. Pulitzer-winning journalist Nick Kristof of The New York Times is offering all three in his Win-a-Trip 2011 contest. He’ll take a college student and a senior citizen along with him to a developing country […]

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Adventure Philanthropy: The Sabbatical to Challenge You and Do for Others

You’re thinking of negotiating a sabbatical and what you really want to do with your time away is satisfy your need for a first-rate outdoor adventure and physical challenge. But you’re in virgin territory, in a company where no one has ever asked for a sabbatical before ….  and not everyone can appreciate your idea […]

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