Question: How many spaces do you put between a period and the first letter of the next sentence? The answer (
here) may suprise you.
It won't surprise a lot of employers, many of whom use automated applicant tracking systems to screen out "undesireable candidates", like those over the age of 50 - systems which can kick us out because of our age.
Yes, ageism is real - illegal, but unenforceable.
Another question: How does it feel to have to focus your time, energy, and attention on strategies for "
beating the system" in order to get a job?
The system is broken, and stupid.
At Encore NEO we feel it is time to change the game. There are too many systems that are stacked against us. As an organization we do not do advocacy. We are politically and ideologically neutral. See our
can do are
dedicated to doing is helping individuals over the age of 50 learn and implement the proactive strategies and actions that will help them create amazing new careers and lifestyles in spite of the broken systems that encumber our lives.
Keep an eye out for details on our new
Broken Systems Series and if you have specific suggestions for challenges you'd like us to address, please offer them through the
Contact Us link on our new website.
Or, just show up at one of our programs. We won't screen you out.
Engaging Baby Boomers in Solving Community Problems
The Cleveland Foundation Common Ground Event
Encore NEO teams up with The Cleveland Foundation to host a discussion on:
June 24th, 2:00-4:00 pm
Lakeland Community College
here for more information and registration)
The Broken Systems Series:
Proactive Responses to Systems That Fail to Meet the Needs of Encores.
Employment Solutions that work for us!
Health Insurance Solutions for unemployed Encores ages 50-64.
Financial Planning Solutions that prioritize our interests over those of the financial services industry.
Housing Solutions for continuing to thrive in place while we age.
Transportations Solutions that keep us mobil and connected.
STANDARD WEEKLY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
All programs are ongoing. You are welcome to join in at any time.
2:00-3:30 p.m. Job Search Discussion Group
3:30-5:00 p.m. Charting a New Course
2:00-3:30 p.m. Future Freelancers
3:30-5:00 p.m. Freelancers CoLab
(3:00-500 p.m.) Legacy Writers - blog your way to a book.
(4:00-5:30 p.m.) Mastering Money and Building Wealth
(6:00-7:30 p.m.) Getting from Good to Great!
2:00-3:30 p.m. Online Success Team #1 (meeting on SLACK)
3:30-5:00 p.m. Online Success Team #2 (meeting on SLACK)
Programs take place at:
The Federated Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Important note: Google Maps is not accurate in its directions to this location. Instead, you can map yourself to 16381 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls 44023 (St. John Funeral Home). The Federated Family Life Center is adjacent to that address and on the north side. There is good signage. If you have trouble finding us, call 802-760-8344.
COMING THIS WEEK:
Monday, June 11th, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Encore Job Seekers Discussion Group
Format: Individual updates and problem-solving followed by facilitated group discussion on job search strategies and tactics specifically relevant for the age 50+ job seeker.
How to Hire a Great Employer
Unemployment figures are at a 20 year low. The market should be in our favor. But many of the options available still fall far short of meeting what we would call "Great Employment."
It's time to re-balance the scales. This week we begin looking at things from a different point of view. This week we do the hiring. Who would we hire as a great employer?! How do we find them? How do we attract them? How do we get them to commit?
Join us. We need your experiences and insights!
* We also encourage you to visit and sign up at the
https://www.nifty50s.com/ website to receive the best of ongoing job search tips for the age 50+ job seeker.
Monday, June 11th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Charting A New Course - Business Model You
Not sure what you want to do? Join the Club!
Format: Guided work and group discussion to learn the language of business model thinking that we can use to clarify our focus and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. This material sets a strong foundation whether we are; looking for a traditional job, exploring independent work, or launching a business or social enterprise. Resource:
Business Model You, by Tim Clark
Section 1: CANVAS
Learn to use the key tool for describing and analyzing organizational and personal business models.
Chapter 3: The Personal Business Model Canvas
Revenues and Benefits
Tuesday, June 12th, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Exploring How to Work for Yourself
Format: An ongoing series that helps participants learn the complete scope of skills, practices, and requirements involved in joining the "Free Agent Nation" as a contractor, project worker, consultant, freelancer, etc. Participants can explore the option of working independently while still looking for traditional employment. Resource: The Freelancer's Bible, by Sara Horowitz.
Part 1: GETTING STARTED
Chapter 1: Seven Start-up Steps
Step 3: Figure Out Your Customer's Needs
Know What You'll Charge (More or Less)
What is Freelancing anyway? It's more than what it used to be and not what you might think! By the end of this series you will understand everything you need to know to be successful as an independent worker.
Keep in mind, you can continue looking for a job while you're exploring the option of working independently. In fact, this is one of the best side-door strategies for Encores to gain entry into traditional employment.
Tuesday, June 12th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
The Freelancer's CoLab
Up your game and stand out from others in your field with more professional approaches with your clients. And, protect yourself from costly mistakes.
Format: This is an ongoing brain-trust group made up of those who have prioritized Freelancing as their primary revenue stream. Members of this group will study more advanced materials and consult to each other around specific issues they encounter in their freelancing practices.
Prerequisite: An initial Personal Business Model Canvas that defines the focus of your freelancing practice. *If you don't have one, we will help you build it.
Value-Based Fees: How to Charge - and Get - What You're Worth, A Guide for Serious Consultants, by Alan Weiss, PH.D.
(Pages 241 - 252)
Qualifying the Economic Buyer
Establishing Business Objectives
Establishing Measures of Success
Assessing Personal Value Contribution
The Difference Between Inputs and Business Outputs
Wednesday, June 13th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Legacy Writer's Group:
Blog your way to a book! This year-long adventure will
teach you the skills of blogging and associated social media; help you to clarify your area of expertise and build your brand in the marketplace; give you real time feedback from your target market; teach you how to use blogging as a revenue channel; teach you how to write a book; and,establish you as a published author
Starting our manuscripts - creating a hardcopy notebook of what our books will eventually look like.
So, we will:
Check in on recent posts/troubleshoot issues
Do a manuscript share, which should lead to questions/discussion
Look ahead/plan for the coming month(s)
*** Meeting this week SLACK Online
Thursday, June 14th, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Mastering Money and Building Wealth
Format: This facilitated discussion group draws from a wide range of resources to explore the basic mindsets, principles, and practices that will help us make the best choices for our financial futures.
Note: We define
wealth as the number of days you can sustain yourself financially without working.
Ongoing Summary and Discussion of the Principles of Effective Money Management.
Pogue's Basics: Money - Essential Tips and
Shortcuts (That no one bothers to tell you).
*** Important Note:
A new 6-month foundational program based on
The Personal Finance Series by Richard Reis will begin on July 5th. This series will lead you through and in-depth exploration of what it takes to be successful at saving, earning, and investing money.
Thursday, June 14th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Getting from Good to Great!
Taking our career to the next level by learning from stories of other's successes and failures.
Yes! This applies to your search for
traditional employment as well.
currently employed but thinking about the next step?
underemployed - bored and not making what you are due?
unhappy in your current environment?
feel that you are at risk of being laid off?
retiring soon and thinking about the next step?
...then, this weekly program series is for you!
Assignment: Listen to the story indicated below by clicking on the link provided, or by going to the link for the "How I Built This" podcast and scrolling down the list.
In 1977, 23-year-old Jake Carpenter set out to design a better version of the Snurfer, a stand-up sled he loved to ride as a teenager. Working by himself in a barn in Londonderry, Vermont, he sanded and whittled stacks of wood, trying to create the perfect ride. He eventually helped launch an entirely new sport, while building the largest snowboard brand in the world.
We'll be discussing this story through the lenses of the Business Model Generation Canvas, Blue Ocean Strategy Map, and Consumption Chain Analysis.
Then, we'll see how our insights might apply to our own Encore Careers.
Friday, June 15th, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Online (SLACK) Success Teams:
Team #1: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Team #2: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Format and process:
These are ongoing support and accountability groups that supercharge each member's progress toward goal achievement.
Groups are limited to 6 members each.
Each member gets 15 minutes to:
Report on progress made toward their goal(s) over the last week
Talk about obstacles they have encountered
Receive feedback and ideas from other group members on how to overcome obstacles
State personal commitments for the coming week.
These groups are just starting so
seats are available. Participation is
entirely online so you can join in from anywhere you have access to a computer.
If you have an interest in participating, please email me (Tim Lybarger) at
We request a $5.00 donation per day (two programs) or $10 for the entire week (six programs), paid at the door.
If you wish to attend but are currently limited with your finances, let us know. You may be able to help our efforts in other ways in exchange for attending programs.
Registration is not required for any of our programs - just show up! And, you may join in with any of our series at any time. There is no need to wait until the series starts again.
Unless otherwise specified, all Encore NEO programs are located at:
The Federated Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Road
Bainbridge, Ohio 44023
Important note: Google Maps is not accurate in its directions to this location. Instead, you can map yourself to 16381 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls 44023 (St. John Funeral Home). The Federated Family Life Center is adjacent to that address and on the north side. There is good signage.
If you have trouble finding us, call my cell, 802-760-8344.
UPCOMING KEY DATES:
Wednesday, June 13th -
Independent Living Design Team Meeting (1:00-2:30 p.m.), Metzenbaum School, 8200 Cedar Road, Chesterland, OH 44026.
Sunday, June 24th - Common Ground: Engaging Baby Boomers in Solving Community Problems(2:00 - 4:00 p.m.), June 24, at Lakeland Community College's Health Technologies Building, 7700 Clocktower Dr, Kirtland, OH 44094. Information and Registration
Wednesday, June 27th - Independent Living Design Team Meeting (1:00 - 2:30 p.m.) Metzenbaum School, 8200 Cedar Road, Chesterland, Ohio 44026.
Tuesday, July 10th -Programs & Services Committee Meeting (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) Lakeland Community College.
Thursday, August 2nd -
Encore NEO Full Design Team Meeting (8:00 - 9:30 a.m.) Federated Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge, OH 44023
Thursday, August 2nd- Encore NEO Board Meeting(10:00 - 11:30 a.m.) Federated Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Road, bainbridge, Ohio 44023.
Wednesday, September 12th- Encore NEO Lake County Open House , Auburn Career Center, 8221 Auburn Ridge Rd, Painesville, OH 44077 (details to follow)
Saturday, November 10th - Independent Living Expo, Metzenbaum School, 8200 Cedar Road, Chesterland, OH 44026.
If you have any questions or an interest in participating with any of the Encore NEO Design Team Initiatives, please feel free to contact me directly - Tim Lybarger, 802-760-8344.