51 episodes

Welcome to the Podcast 'Don't Retire, Refire'!

If you reject the notion of traditional retirement and want to continue to do something meaningful with your next chapter in life, this podcast if for you! You'll find ideas, tips and inspiration from experts, role models and authorities with host Alf Priestley.

Having spent over twenty five years advising CEOs, business owners and professionals on optimising their lives, Alf Priestley serves his clients and their families as an experienced adviser, coach and facilitator. He takes a particularly holistic approach, starting with lifestyle design and execution, through to financial integration and enhanced daily quality of life.

He enjoys helping leaders to get clear about what really matter to them, their Why. Then supporting them to take decisive action so they can get their greatest gifts into the world.
Alf has worked with some of Australia's leading lifestyle planning, tax and legal specialists, and has been referred to as 'The ideal life Integrator’.

Don't Retire, Refire Podcast Alf Priestley

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Welcome to the Podcast 'Don't Retire, Refire'!

If you reject the notion of traditional retirement and want to continue to do something meaningful with your next chapter in life, this podcast if for you! You'll find ideas, tips and inspiration from experts, role models and authorities with host Alf Priestley.

Having spent over twenty five years advising CEOs, business owners and professionals on optimising their lives, Alf Priestley serves his clients and their families as an experienced adviser, coach and facilitator. He takes a particularly holistic approach, starting with lifestyle design and execution, through to financial integration and enhanced daily quality of life.

He enjoys helping leaders to get clear about what really matter to them, their Why. Then supporting them to take decisive action so they can get their greatest gifts into the world.
Alf has worked with some of Australia's leading lifestyle planning, tax and legal specialists, and has been referred to as 'The ideal life Integrator’.

    The Over 50 Entrepreneur - Rick Hadrava

    The Over 50 Entrepreneur - Rick Hadrava

    This episode explores why people have a desire to become an entrepreneur later in life and what some of the steps might be to get started on exploring that path.
    Rick's story is surprisingly similar to mine, in that he comes out of college (university), didn't really know what he wanted to do and ended up in Wealth Management, and then some 26-year latter owns a wealth management business, and a business advisory business.  However, that latter being Epic Business Advisory is far more developed in his case.  
    What's interesting is the motivation to start this second business, which was as Rick calls it a "faceplant" moment, in which a lady approach him for help some 6 years ago, he was able to support her around the wealth management aspects but had no experience or network to help her with the late husband's business.  The complexities of liquidity, supporting her income, management, family member involvement, how to exit it, etc, were all beyond his own capability or that of his network. 
    That painful experience was a call to action to pivot and learn about exit planning and value building for businesses.  In my case, this "faceplant" moment happened with my parents and their once successful business that turned into a  failure - despite the involvement of their bank and accountant.
     
    Love Rick's advice about enjoying life's ride!
     
    Rick can be contacted at https://www.epicsbiz.com/
     

    • 31 min
    Life after Exit - Paul Higgins

    Life after Exit - Paul Higgins

    In this episode, Paul shares how he grew his Dingo Software company from a small consulting firm to substantial business using his entrepreneurial skills. However, along this path, he found that he was spending more and more of his time in managerial functions, which was not why he got into business in the first place. Through personal reflection and guiding direction from his business board, he decided that he was not the best person to be the CEO going forward. Paul discusses the personal identity crisis that can occur with such a decision and the importance of having a plan for the next stage of our personal journey. This podcast again highlights the importance of purpose, culture and “lived values”, examples of which should be highlighted on a regular basis. Love Pauls parting words of wisdom, that the real juice of life occurs when we achieve things with other people. Paul can be contacted at phiggins@dingo.com

    • 43 min
    Think like a Dyslexic! - Tim Curtin

    Think like a Dyslexic! - Tim Curtin

    Having been diagnosed as a dyslexic at a young age, Tim found learning hard.  However, he had the good fortune to do a carpenter apprenticeship with a 65-year-old mentor who encouraged him to think in pictures.  This was a turning point in Tim's life. In fact, this skill of picturing has been proven to dramatically increase one's ability to learn and comprehend at levels unheard of in the past.  Organisations such as Lindamood-Bell have taken this learning process globally. In order to form pictures, the brain simplifies the message down to the essence, thus allowing you to see relationships that could not be seen before.   Tim used this newfound skill to complete a degree at university and now heads up a very successful specialist construction company. In this episode, Tim shares his wisdom about life, learning and growing as a team where curiosity, collaboration and human ingenuity comes to the forefront.  His advice is to view dyslexia as a sign of genius. Tim then goes onto share his thoughts about how elders could be valued and do social good as mentors in the future. ReFired Elders!
    Tim can be contacted at www.erilyan.com.au

    • 57 min
    Pivot Towards What Matters - Steven Hayes

    Pivot Towards What Matters - Steven Hayes

    Alf first learned about ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) from a neighbor of his, who was part of the SOG (special operations group - police). They are the equivalent of military SAS/commando unit, but in the civilian jurisdiction. They are deployed into dangers environments often associated with Bicki gangs, terrorism and rouge snippers - think the Port Arthur massacre. As you can imagine, SOG members are often deployed into fearful situations, where how well they manage that fear greatly affects their ability to perform well. He spoke glowingly about its impact, which stimulated more research on Alf's behalf. ACT is now being applied with great validated success by the military, business, athletics, religion and medically. In this podcast Steven Hayes - the founder of ACT talk about its various applications and practical insights from his latest book "A Liberated Mind".  Also discussed are ways out of the CEO/Executive/professional identity trap - "if you are, what you do, then when you don’t do that anymore, who are you?" A great listen for those in transition.
    Steven can be contacted at https://stevenchayes.com/
     

    • 50 min
    Smarter Business Thinking - transcending from competition to collaboration - Wes Hall

    Smarter Business Thinking - transcending from competition to collaboration - Wes Hall

     In this episode Wes outlines his experience as an executive in a public company.  Alf has known clients in similar positions who describe a culture of peer competition and combatants. Climbing the corporate ladder is more about not making mistakes, not taking risks, looking good, agreeing with leadership and taking credit for any progress that is made by your team. This common Australian corporate culture is often called "toxic" by business consultants.  A natural consequence of this competitive environment is little innovation, lack of flexibility and suboptimal behaviour as evidence by the recent Royal commissions. Wes then goes on to talk about a far more cooperative and supportive culture which he first experienced in relationship to work in the USA. At first these experiences of support and help can be seen as having an altera motive, almost suspicious! However time has proven this to not have been the case. This environment is naturally more interesting, stimulating and innovative.  You don’t have to look good all the time, and it’s ok to take risks and learn from both successes and failures. In fact this is the culture that Wes now talks about in his new company "Tomorrow super". Both Wes and Alf then postulate that a mindset of cooperation, rather than competition, could be a significant advantage to the unforeseen opportunities and challenges of the future.
    Wes can be contacted at www.tommorowsuper.com.au

    • 38 min
    Professional Identity Crisis - Shane Crockett

    Professional Identity Crisis - Shane Crockett

    From being a RAAF navigator with a secure job for life, to completing a law degree, to being director of tax services at a major accounting firm, Shane has known change. In this courageous podcast, Shane shares his own emotional journey and issues with having a "Professional Identity Crisis". He tells us of the feelings of being a the top of your career, then plummeting into the depths of despair and irrelevance. For him it took a frank discussion with his trusted managing partner, then a sabbatical where he came to release he had to embrace his own mortality. This was a pivotal point and allowed him to create a new, more flexible identity, which enabled him to take on new roles in his transition to retirement. A move from "I" to "We", far more team-based rather than me based. He describes his new roles as far more fulfilling than he could have imagined. This is a podcast which most professional would benefit enormously from. Shane openly says that he doesn’t have all the answers, but is very open to having a coffee with anyone who would like to chat about their own "Professional Identity Crisis".

    • 43 min

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DAL-MELB ,

Inspiring

Inspiring information and topics that broaden day to day thought. Keep up the good work!

Kathilovesfooddd ,

Fantastic podcast

Very insightful interviews and relevant information! Keep it going Alf!

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