Heather Erhard

Retirement Success

“The whole notion of retirement has been radically changed. Formerly we thought of retirement as the beginning of the end; today we simply think of retirement as a new beginning. The retirement transition is actually the beginning of a new career/life stage called RENEWAL.” Richard P. Johnson, Ph.D., author of… Read More ›

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Do you have a direction for your life after retirement? Do you know where you are going then?

Having a vision for your life is a beautiful thing. It makes your dreams feel more concrete and obtainable. It gives you focus, direction and a barometer upon which to make life decisions. With a vision, you live with intention and purpose because you know where you are going. Without… Read More ›

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The Perils and Promises of Retirement

There is an emerging trend in retirement today that not only avoids the all-too-common decline in relevance and quality of life that so many experience, but offers instead the opportunity to continually grow and thrive throughout this unique phase of life. Traditional views of retirement presume a progressive decline in… Read More ›

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Powerful Questions for Moving Forward with Your Life

With the recent announcement of mergers, layoffs and business closings, many people are faced with the challenge of finding new employment or employment in retirement. For those who have worked for years at a job that does not support their values or ideals this is an opportunity to make a… Read More ›

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“New Retirement Planning — Everyone WINS!”

As Human Resources professionals, your radar screen has been attuned to the subject of an ageing workforce for several years. You have run the numbers for your own company’s demographics and know how the retirement of the largest generation of workers in history, the Baby Boomers, will affect your business…. Read More ›

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10 Ways to Practice Gratitude

As we approach the Holiday season, deepen your gratitude practice with these 10 tips. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house… Read More ›

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5 Ways to Avoid Age Discrimination

As a career coach with more salt than pepper in my beard, I’ve met many laid-off people who complain of age discrimination. More than 15 years in career transition coaching in the US and Australia has shown me that we often give employers the opportunity to knock us out of… Read More ›

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What Happens Where There is No Water Cooler?

“What are you doing this weekend?” This question is often heard in the workplace on Friday afternoons. “What did you do this weekend?” This question is often heard in the workplace on Monday mornings. It can be a quick interchange in the hallway, elevator, or coffee station.  It is a… Read More ›

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Five Ways to Discover What’s Next

“I don’t have much of an imagination, so I can’t imagine life in retirement. What can I do?” This question came from a participant at a recent presentation of mine. She was very successful in her career and was beginning to consider what was next for her. There are many ways… Read More ›

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The Problem with a Touchy-Feely Retirement

Too often, retirement is portrayed as a feeling. Depicted as a utopian sense of time, during which past actions continually foster positive thoughts and feelings, guiding the retiree through the remainder of life. This philosophy makes for moving and emotionally charged commercials and brochures, but a retiree’s over reliance on… Read More ›