How creativity can save your career

How creativity can save your career

Mark Walton

This week on the podcast, we take a look at strategies for rebooting careers disrupted by the pandemic.

This is an especially critical question for older workers getting close to retirement. This economic downturn has impacted older workers disproportionately, and millions of business owners find themselves with enterprises that have unexpectedly collapsed around them due to lockdowns and social distancing requirements.

Joining me on the show this week is Mark Walton. Mark was one of the original on-air correspondents at CNN back in the days when the network was a young startup. After years working in network television covering politics and business, Mark transitioned into the field of executive education.

I first met Mark more than a decade ago at a conference focused on encore careers. We’ve stayed in touch ever since, collaborating on projects like educational seminars and comparing notes on trends in the field.

One of Mark’s big interests is the role of creativity in life and career reinventions. His first book, Boundless Potential, was published in the wake of the Great Recession. It explored the role of neuroscience and creativity in life reinvention. 

His latest is titled Crucial Creativity: Never Let a Crisis Crash Your Business or Career. It explores the role of creativity in seeing your way through chaos in your career, and moving through it to new successes. The really valuable thing about this book is that it takes a very close look at the creative process, and how creativity can be tapped -- even by people who don’t consider themselves especially creative.

I was so impressed that I agreed to write the forward to the book. So, a podcast interview seemed like a logical follow-up now that the book has been published.

Listen to the podcast by clicking the player icon at the top of this page. The podcast also can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

Join me tomorrow for a webinar on Social Security

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for a free one-hour webinar on Social Security. The presentation, titled “Social Security: Still the most important game in town,” is offered in partnership with Retirement Researcher, a website focused on helping people find successful and sustainable paths to retirement based on modern, sound academic research.

I’ll explain why Social Security is the most critical factor determining retirement security for the majority of Americans. We’ll also get into the critical interplay of Social Security claiming decisions and career moves late in life, and varying reasons for filing at different ages. I also want to dispel some of the common myths about the program, and what we need to to do keep Social Security strong.

Joining me will be Retirement Researcher’s founder, Wade Pfau. Wade is a well-known researcher who focuses much of his work on retirement income strategies.

We’ll also reserve some time at the end of the one-hour program for your questions.

The free webinar will be held on Tuesday February 23rd at 11am eastern time.

Register here - don’t delay, space is filling up fast.

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