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Exploring Your Identity, Creativity, and Life Structure in Retirement with Dr. Teresa Amabile

February 01, 2022 Dorian Mintzer
Revolutionize Your Retirement Radio
Exploring Your Identity, Creativity, and Life Structure in Retirement with Dr. Teresa Amabile
Show Notes

Episode Guest: Dr. Teresa Amabile, Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School, and a researcher, teacher, and author

Episode Description:
 

Even if you are healthy and financially secure, you may struggle with the first months or years of retirement because of identity loss. How can you explore important aspects of your identity before fully retiring to achieve a confident sense of self, post-retirement?

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • What creativity is, and what it isn't
  • How thinking expansively about creativity, and injecting creativity into your work life and personal life, can enhance pre-retirement and post-retirement life satisfaction
  • The four developmental tasks of the retirement transition and the different ways people move through them
  • How aspects of your life structure can shift in surprising ways, post-retirement, and how you can better prepare for those shifts

About Dr. Teresa Amabile:

Teresa Amabile has researched and written about creativity for over 40 years. Beginning with a series of papers in the 1970s and 1980s, she was instrumental in establishing the social psychology of creativity - the study of how the social environment can influence creative behavior, primarily by influencing the motivational state. Teresa's research has examined individual creativity and productivity, team creativity, and organizational innovation. This research program has yielded a comprehensive theory of creativity and innovation; methods for assessing creativity, motivation, and the work environment; and a set of prescriptions for maintaining and stimulating individual creativity and organizational innovation. 

Her more recent research investigated how everyday life inside organizations can influence people and their performance by affecting inner work life, the confluence of motivation, emotion, and perceptions. She is currently studying retirement and post-employment life, including the impact of creative activities on attitudes toward aging and experiences in later life.

Teresa's scholarly work has appeared in a variety of psychology, and organizational behavior journals, as well as her 2011 book (with Steven Kramer), The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work. She has presented her work to audiences in various settings, including Pixar, Genentech, TEDx Atlanta, Apple, and The World Economic Forum in Davos.
 
In 2018, Teresa received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Israel Organizational Behavior Conference, and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In 2011 and 2013, she was named to the global Thinkers50 list. 
Teresa holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Canisius College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.

Get in touch with Teresa:

Teresa's website: http://progressprinciple.com/
Teresa's book: The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work https://amzn.to/3KI0KFw
Listen to Teresa's TEDxAtlanta Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD6N8bsjOEE
Grab our free guide, 10 Key Issues to Consider as You Explore Your Retirement Transition, at https://10keyretirementissues.com/