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|DENOTES ICMA MEMBER ONLY CONTENT.|
|Encore Manager/Senior Manager Resources|
|Cybersecurity: Protecting Local Government Digital Resources|
|LGR: Local Government Review|
|Smart Solutions: Technology Serving Communities E-Book|
|Making It Work The Essentials of Council-Manager Relations|
|Leading Ideas Series|
|Code of Ethics|
|Acting Manager’s Handbook|
|Job Hunting Handbook|
|First Time Administrator’s Handbook|
|Management Internships: A Guidebook for Local Governments|
|Preparing for an Interview|
|Building the Leadership Pipeline|
|Student chapter resources|
|Preparing the next generation|
|Local Governments Preparing the Next Generation Case Studies|
|Civics education resources|
|ICMA Managers Evaluation Handbook|
|Recruitment Guidelines for Selecting a Local Government Administrator|
|Breaking into Local Government|
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Resources and Opportunities for Encore Managers
The Committee on Senior Managers/Encore Managers has compiled an initial list of resources for managers considering their next life phase and encore opportunities. Look into the peer coaching opportunities available for your next life phase.
JOB RESOURCES OFFERED BY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCiES
Regional Government Service JPA (http://www.rgs.ca.gov)
WAYS TO GIVE BACK
Serve as a coach for emerging leaders on the Cal-ICMA “Coaches Gallery”; contact Don Maruska email@example.com
Participate in City/County Manager in University Residence program; contact Frank Benest firstname.lastname@example.org
Serve on local non-profit boards
Serve as a local government advisor through ICMA's International Program; check out career and pro-bono opporutunties.
Volunteer to serve as a resource for an Institute of Local Government program area (http://www.ca-ilg.org)
Consider the non-profit sector and the breadth of opportunities in volunteering: New Guide to Non-Profit Careers and Volunteering.
General Resources and Advice
Degrees For the Greater Good (advice on matching academic background to nonprofit and volunteer opportunities) (http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/volunteering-nonprofit-degrees/)
Encore Careers (resource for second careers) (www.encore.org)
Entrepreneur (advice for seasoned workers thinking about changing careers, or seeking encore careers) (http://www.entrepreneur.com/)
Life Reimagined (advice on discovering new opportunities for your next life phase) (https://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/life-reimagined/)
Making a Difference through Volunteering and Nonprofit Careers (advice on volunteering and nonprofit work broken down to different area of activity) (http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/volunteer-and-nonprofit-careers/)
Next Avenue (advice for retirees, including those looking for work) (http://www.nextavenue.org/)
Second Act: How to Start an Encore Career After 50 (advice to those thinking about changing careers after the age of 50) (http://www.moneygeek.com/careers/encore-careers/)
RealizeRetirement (ICMA-RC) (advice on financial planning before and during retirement) (http://www.icmarc.org/)
RetiredBrains.com (advice for retirees, including those looking for work) (http://www.retiredbrains.com/Home/default.aspx)
Retirement Jobs (job resource; also some advice) (http://www.retirementjobs.com/)
Retirement Revised (devoted to all things retirement, including encore career advice) (http://retirementrevised.com/)
Wall Street Journal Report on Retirement (advice on several relevant topics, including finances) (http://online.wsj.com/public/page/journal-report-retirement.html)
Common Good Careers.org (socially beneficial job listings) (http://commongoodcareers.org/)
Idealist.org (volunteer and paid socially beneficial job listings) (http://www.idealist.org/)
2016 ICMA Advisory Board On Graduate Education; Managers as Teachers: A Practitioner’s Guide To Teaching Public Administration. 3rd edition. ICMA, 2016.
Block, Peter; Flawless Consulting--A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used
Bridges, William; Transitions
Crowley, Chris and Lodge, Henry S., MD; Younger Next Year
Freedman, Marc; Encore: Finding Work That Matters In the Second Half of Life
Gardner, John W.; Self-Renewal
Hudson, Frederic; The Adult Years
Leider, Richard J. and Shapiro, David A.; Repacking Your Bags
Leider, Richard J. and Shapiro, David A.; Claiming A Place At the Fire
Leider, Richard J. and Webber, Alan; Life Reimagined: Discovering Your Life Possibilities
Zelinski, Ernie; How To Retire Happy, Wild and Free
ARTICLES AND GUIDES
Frank Benest, Mike Garvey, and Kevin O'Rourke: "Navigating the Retirement Journey—Insights and Tips from Partners," Public Management, May 2018
Frank Benest: “Keeping the Passion Alive,” Public Management, Oct. 2006
Frank Benest: “Renewing the Profession Through Next Phase Managers,” Public Management, Aug. 2007
Chris Farrell: “Older Job Seekers Find Ways to Avoid Age Bias” (New York Times, Jan 15, 2015)
Peter Finch: “Countdown to Retirement: A Five-Year Plan” (New York Times, July 6, 2018)
Ken Hampian: "The Good Exit," Public Management, Dec. 2010
Greg Larson, with assistance from Brian Moura, Charles Sakai, and Michael Youri: FAQs You Need to Know: PEPRA, PERS and Your Encore Career
Don Maruska: "How to Create A Great Coaching Relationship"
Kevin O'Rourke, Mike Garvey, Rod Wood, and Frank Benest: "Encore, Encore! - Creating A Fulfilling Next Life Phase,"Public Management, Jan.-Feb. 2012
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox: “Learn to Get Better at Transitions” (Harvard Business Review, July 5, 2018)
“Blogs About Encore Careers" (www.encore.org/category/blogs/featured-posts/)
"HOW TO" PAPERS
The Cal-ICMA Committee on Senior Managers/Encore Managers has released five "how-to" papers. These papers focus on assisting local government managers who are retiring from full-time careers and wish to explore encore careers.
If you would like to suggest a resource to be shared with colleagues, please contact Michael Garvey at email@example.com
ONE-TO-ONE PEER COACHING
To help you think about your potential “encore” experiences, Cal-ICMA has organized a one-to-one peer coaching service. If you are thinking of transitioning into your next life phase or have already left full-time local government management, you may wish to connect with a manager who has already began his/her encore adventure.
Role of the Peer Coach
The role of the peer coach is to support you in your encore journey. The peer coach will listen to your hopes and dreams as well as any fears and concerns you may have about your next life phase. By asking questions, the coach can help you clarify your aspirations and provide feedback about some options and potential encore activities that you may wish to consider given your dreams. In so doing, the coach may relate his/her journey and provide any personal lessons learned. The coach may suggest some opportunities, contacts, and ways to practice or “rehearse” encore experiences before you commit to fully pursuing them.
Coaching is a conversation. Coaching can be a one-time conversation, two or three discussions, or an ongoing relationship depending on the desires of both coachee and coach.
Selecting a Peer Coach
Below are the profiles of those encore managers who are and enthusiastic about supporting your next life phase journey. We suggest that you review the profiles and select one or two coaches to contact. Each peer coach has indicated areas in which he or she is engaged as an encore. If you interested in teaching or interim management, you may wish to contact one of the coaches who have had that experience.
Read vignettes by individual managers about their encore careers.
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by Arne Croce
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by Ed Everett
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by Mike Garvey
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by Steve Harding
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by David Morgan
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by Ed Schilling
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by Cathy Standiford
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by Les White
- My Journey Series: Senior / Encore Manager Vignette by Ed Wohlenberg
Profiles of Peer Coaches
Click here for profiles of available peer coaches in the Encore / Senior Manager program.
A model for a peer coaching conversation
How to Create a Great Coaching Relationship developed by Don Maruska, Director of the Cal-ICMA Coaching Program. The model provides a sequence of seven steps to guide your coaching conversation.
Serving as a Peer Coach
If you have already embarked and wish to serve as a peer coach, contact Frank Benest at firstname.lastname@example.org.