Paul and Annette Bartlett have held the second of two free information sessions at The Woolshed for a Halftime Australia initiative they are passionate about.
After completing the same 12 month course in Sydney they are bringing the same concept to the Illawarra.
Mr and Mrs Bartlett did it themselves because they are thinking about what lies ahead.
“We were at a point in our lives where we were looking for new direction and considering the second half of our life when we came across the head of Halftime Australia,” Mrs Bartlett said.
“He encouraged us to do this coaching and Paul did the Roundtable.”
Mr Bartlett said he and his wife have actually been involved personally for about six years and thought starting a Halftime Executive Roundtable Program in the Illawarra on March 29 is something that could benefit others.
“It is half a day every month for 10 months. We heard about it when we felt a bit stuck in our own careers and our own direction. Through that initial process over about 12 months (doing exactly the same as what we are doing here) we found what we want to do with the second half of our life,” he said.
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The Bartlett’s have trained to become Halftime Australia coaches and up to 20 people at each of the two information sessions.
They said being involved was not a big commitment of time and participants get walked through a process that will at the very least give them an idea of the direction they want to go to move forward into the next phase of their life.
“The whole idea is that Halftime moves people from success to significance,” Mr Bartlett said.
“They often say we spend a lot of years getting trained for our first half but next to no training for our second half. So it really helps people who are just stuck in their career life and haven’t got the courage to maybe change. So we walk them through the process. We have coaching available as well. So they can also get personally coached. Change doesn’t have to mean a different job. The program is about moving towards something significant.”
The other factor when people reach their 40’s and 50’s is that they face a new reality. That is many people realise at that point they are probably going to work for another 25 to 30 years until about the age of 75. So they start thinking about how they would prefer to do that and what they would like to do.
The Bartletts want to give Illawarra people the chance to consider all that in a peer support learning program close to home.
Mr Bartlett said he had spoken in recent years to many people who felt stuck in their life and career. He said this was a chance for them to address that.
While he is the senior minister at the Lighthouse Church he said it Halftime was not connected to the church.
“This is something Annette and I are doing,” Mr Bartlett said.
“We are using The Woolshed as a community venue.”
Halftime Executive Roundtables have run successfully in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Tasmania, Perth and Brisbane for several years and are limited to a maximum of eight people.
It provides men and women the opportunity to talk about and share their journey of discovery for half a day each month and work with a specialist coach.
Peer support is an important part of the program which was founded by Bob Buford who believes the journey from success to significance happens "locally, with others and over time."
Mr Buford is the author of a number of books such as Halftime, Game Plan and Finishing Well. His program includes 10 half-day group sessions, four one-on-one coaching sessions, and an evening couples/partners dinner.
Further details about the Roundtable at the Halftime Australia website http://www.halftime.org.au/services/executive-roundtable.
Dieter Weinand, of Sydney, runs a Halftime Group and spoke about that at the second information session at The Woolshed.
“It is worldwide and has been in Australia for about 10 years,” he said.