Book launch: From Work Life to New Life: Rewriting the Rules of Retirement for Smart Professionals

Rewriting the rules of retirement

-A new business book giving a roadmap for smart professionals to have an ‘encore career’-

Some smart professionals thrive and others struggle as they transition out of large organisations into post-organisational life.  is a new and practical roadmap for professionals who want to reinvent retirement and thrive in their encore careers.

In their new book, Mike Mister and Rebecca Hill explore alternatives to the traditional “rules” of retirement in their guide for busy, mid to later-career professionals making the transition out of large organisational life.

Mike and Rebecca met at EY when Mike was HR Director before moving into the Global Headquarters as Global Director of Executive Development and Rebecca was leading global change programmes as a Global Director at EY.

They have condensed their 75+ years of combined experience as practitioners and experienced professionals into their book which is crammed full of case studies and insights gleaned from their consulting work.

It is written for both the individual looking to reinvent retirement and also the heads of HR and Learning & Development looking to plan and properly manage the departures of senior individuals.

Mike Mister, partner at management consultancy PSFI, said: “Your encore can be the most exciting time of your life. From retraining in a new career path to making an impact by mentoring others or volunteering, a wealth of interesting possibilities awaits you!”

Rebecca Hill, founder of Wise Sherpa, added: “It’s never too early or too late to start! As Chip Conley says in his book Wisdom at Work: ‘Rewire, don’t retire’! Our book provides readers with inspiration and provocation for experimenting with the first steps towards building an impactful, purpose-led encore career.”

Having a purpose is key to professional and personal fulfilment, and the authors show how to evaluate the various options and make informed decisions when it comes to creating an encore. The authors include tools and exercises that encourage reflection, help assess strengths, and create a personal action plan to make ideas a reality.


Charlotte Ward
07813 187362

From Work Life to New Life: Rewriting the Rules of Retirement for Smart Professionals

by Mike Mister and Rebecca Hill

Imprint: PYP Academy Press
On sale: now
Price: £12.94
Pages: 176
ISBN: 1955985219


MIKE MISTER: Mike has spent the majority of his career in professional services, initially in the UK and then began the serious international part of his career when he joined Ernst & Young Global in their London Headquarters in 2002. Since that time, he has worked in professional services across the world in places as diverse as India, China, USA, Australia, Israel, CIS and across Europe and South Africa. He is currently a partner at leading management consultancy firm PSFI. As well as a Partner at PSFI, Mike is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London and Senior Fellow in the Human Capital Practice of The Conference Board. He co-authored the best-selling business book, How to Lead Smart People.

REBECCA HILL: After 25 years working predominantly in international professional services organisations leading global change programmes latterly as a Global Director at EY, Rebecca is now firmly embedded in the entrepreneurial space having successfully launched several businesses. She is currently crafting her portfolio career. Through her company, Wise Sherpa, Rebecca is collaborating with a number of Start Ups, Scale Ups, and SMEs as well as working with more established businesses as a consultant, thinking partner, facilitator, and coach working across geographies and cultures. She also sits on a range of boards and committees and is a keen advocate of Women’s Economic Empowerment.


Louise Chester, Managing Director Potential Project UK and Founder at Mindfulness at Work Ltd:

“Written by two leaders in the field, this insightful and highly practical playbook is a ‘must read’ for professionals looking to go plural and live a life of purposeful flourishing.

Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA Associate Professor, HEC Paris Business School in Qatar:

“This book is perfectly timed to provide practical guidance to individuals who are looking for the next chapter in their careers and want to build on their wealth of experience to create a plural career. The book is underpinned by research and the chapters are concise and with short exercises that take the reader from thinking to doing elegantly.

Beth Knight, Community Investment Leader, Amazon Fellow, Institute of Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge:

“As someone in the ‘middle of life,’ this book provides a much-needed nudge to stop and think. To organize our existence with an eye to the future we want to build for ourselves-instead of allowing ourselves to get lost in the whirl of our current working world.”

Lesley Salem, Founder, Over The Bloody Moon:

“As someone who has a special interest in transitions, I found this book a brilliant and practical guide to helping people navigate their next professional chapters. It’s well-structured and easy to read, and I particularly liked the case studies that showed the different ways in which people are creating their encore careers and the reflective exercises which was like having a personal coach in the room.”

Helene Martin Gee, Founder, Savvitas:

“This book is a portal for professionals exploring life options. Packed with practical ideas, positive insights, and inspiring case studies. Highly recommended for the fabulously 50+.”

Dr Donna Johnston, Head of Learning & Talent, Quorn Foods

“This incredibly engaging book highlights the challenges that Gen-X and Boomers particularly face today as they transition into mid- and later-life. Critically, it flags the questions that we need to start asking ourselves as the world is changing-including our world of work and how we work. This book takes you on a practical journey of choice. Having known the authors for several years, they have sound knowledge and a very pragmatic approach. I believe this is a must read, no matter where you are in your career for practical insights and guidance.”



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