BOOMERangs Retirement Life Planning - Leader's Guide

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About the author:
Mickie Schroeder and Jeffrey Jans started BOOMERangs when given the opportunity to "retire" from a large corporation. They have, collectively, over 60 years' experience coaching, training, and designing adult education.

One of the foremost interpreters of the Hogan Personality Report, Mickie Schroeder has worked as a leadership coach in Corporate America for over 30 years. She is a certified Retirement Options Coach and is certified by the International Coaching Federation. She teaches the Coaching portion of the master's degree in Organization Development program at Avila University. She ran in and finished the Chicago Marathon and loves to dance.

For Covey Leadership Center, Jeff facilitated 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to organizations in education, entertainment, finance, government, publishing, and telecommunications. For NCR he traveled the world facilitating Customer Focused Teams. For Nextel he developed and delivered enterprise-wide Leadership and Management Development Training. For the City of Kansas City he co-designed and delivered Diversity Training to the Mayor, City Council, and all other city employees. As a volunteer, Jeff has trained Conflict Resolution in NY State prisons. He is a sailor and plays drums.

BOOMERangs Retirement Life Planning - Leader's Guide

Authored by Jeffrey Jans

This Leader's Guide is used to help faciliate the activities in the Boomerangs Circle Back to Your Dreams Self-Coaching Workbook. Circle Back to Your Dreams is a coaching process designed by Jeffrey Jans and Mickie Schroeder which enables you to "let go" of your career or profession, reconnect with or determine your life's purpose, and find the method or vehicle that will fulfill that purpose. The result is a "retirement" where each day you are engaged in something meaningful and significant to you.

When a small group of no more than 10-12 meet to help each other with the process, it is best to have a designated facilitator or 2. The goal for each member of your group is to find a direction or intention for their retirement and create multiple options for how to fulfill that intention.

Even though everyone has the same goal, the needs, motivators, attitudes, strengths, fears, degree of openness or rigidity, vocabulary, resilience, etc., will be different. The magic a facilitator performs is to turn all those individual differences into assets that contribute to each group member's retirement plans.

The Workbook includes 22 activities which individuals complete alone prior to each meeting. During the meetings facilitated discussions and other activities provide opportunities for the group to coach each other. The full wisdom of the group manifests in each member's retirement choices. The Leader's Guide has full descriptions for how to get the most out of each of these discussions and activities.

When you stand up in front of a group of people no matter what the topic or type of presentation, it can be nerve wracking. Even though you believe bringing a group of people together to create a retirement plan is a great idea on multiple levels, the thought of taking on the role of facilitator could be enough to persuade you it isn't. The leader guide is meant to assuage those fears by providing you with a detailed "map" of your group's travels through Circle Back to Your Dreams.

Here's something the leader guide provides to help you right away. As a facilitator, you are not the expert. The people who you stand in front of are the experts but they don't know it. Your job is to elicit the expertise that is, collectively, theirs. The leader's guide provides you with the "tools" for how to do this.

Your role as facilitator is like a conductor of an orchestra. The musicians in an orchestra contribute to an overall sound they could not make alone. The conductor does not know how to play all those instruments. He or she has a score (like a Leader Guide) that provides all the various parts to the music. It is the conductors job to make it all coalesce. As a facilitator, you are the conductor of the Leader's Guide which enables your group members to make beautiful retirements together. One element that makes coaching so powerful is the accountability it provides the coachee. Knowing that others are counting on your contributions for their retirement success creates an obligation. When a facilitator communicates this to their group, the whole forum becomes a partnership. It transcends being a workshop. It's a beautiful thing to behold.

The Leader's Guide uses theory and techniques from the book, Effective Group Coaching by Jennifer Britton. Jennifer writes, "Group coaching is often as important as the interaction with a coach. Many clients find the process "less on the spot", giving them more time to reflect and integrate their insights."

A preview portion of the guide is available for you to read on our website at A free 30-minute consultation about the Leader's Guide is available by appointment upon purchase of the book.

Publication Date:
1545236127 / 9781545236123
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Self-Help / Aging

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