New LinkedIn Community

I’m interrupting our series on employee engagement to let you know we’ve formed a new group on LinkedIn called Encore Careers.

We created the group to serve as a community for older workers to provide support and to share their experiences with age-related employment issues.  We’ll also be sharing articles that will be of interest to older workers – and invite members to share as well.

We invite you to join our community at 

If you’d like to post something on the Group Discussions, here are some guidelines to bear in mind:

  • When you join, you’ll receive an email suggesting you post an introduction to yourself as a first step in making contacts with the community. It’s a great way to start a conversation.
  • Share articles that relate to age-related employment issues. Articles about Retirement Planning are welcome.
  • Articles about changing careers are always welcome. They’re helpful to people of all ages.
  • If you have a question about employment issues, please feel free to post.  Your peers can probably serve as a good sounding board or offer helpful advice.
  • Please do not use the discussions to advertise or make sales pitches.

Membership is free, so please do not hesitate to join our community!


Common Ground

Words can be very powerful.  Sometimes they can be beautiful.

So, this week we’re going to give you some words to contemplate and present them in a way we hope you will find beautiful.

I got to thinking about the word, “common” and I thought of the number of words that share roots with the word “common”.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the English word “common” is derived from the Latin noun “communis”, which means “public, democratic, of or for the community.”

There also is a Latin verb, “communire”, which means “to fortify, entrench, barricade,  strengthen, secure, or reinforce.”  What I see in this word is the notion that together we are more than the sum of us as individuals.

A community requires commitment from its members to thrive.  Communication helps us work together effectively. Commerce is the engine that enables the members of the community to gain wealth. In the church, communion is a ritual to celebrate a shared system of beliefs.

For the most part, words that start with the root, “comm..” have positive associations, so we thought we’d share a few of these with you and hope it helps transform your outlook into a more positive one.

Common Ground



And feel free to share your favorite “comm..” word via comments.