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Second Acts

Personal Strategic Planning

Drawing on research from Harvard and Stanford University, in this course you will explore concepts of fulfillment, longevity and living a life of meaning and value. Whether you are transitioning to a new role or industry, moving towards retirement, or wish to simply invest more in yourself and make a significant and positive change, a life well lived is always within our capability.

This workshop provides a forum to take "time out" to explore questions that will help you gain a renewed focus on what is most important and develop a flexible, and immediately implementable, strategic plan to help propel you to where you want to be at this stage of your life.

  What You Will Learn

During the course participants will:

  • Align decisions with your values
  • Explore decision tools
  • Uncover/affirm the dreams, values, interests and talents underlying who you are, what you care about and who you want to be and where you want to go next
  • Specify a desired future life plan complete with measurable outcomes, key objectives and action plans, and
  • Develop a network to learn from, support and reinforce personal choices and actions.


  Program Content

Second Acts will help you build on your life experiences, knowledge and capabilities to help you create a satisfying personal strategic plan and second act. By tapping into your dreams, passionate interests and talents, you open up new directions and pursuits. 

The process includes a series of reflective exercises sequenced to help you identify, capture and affirm personal values, dreams and talents as well as frame and develop a personal vision and supporting action plan. Throughout the process you are encouraged to learn from your own personal reflection as well as from the shared experiences and insights of your fellow participants.
This process follows a pattern similar to that used for business strategic planning (if strategic planning is good for an organization, why not for an individual?!) and involves three key phases or segments:

1. Your Desired Future State

Specification of your aspirations for your life and next stage including your core values, vision and the measures you will use to direct and monitor your progress.

2. A Gap Analysis

An identification and assessment of the major gaps between your desired future state and your current situation.

3. Your Action Plan

An action plan, including required implementation supports, for closing the key gaps to be addressed.

Pre-work provided in preparation for the first workshop session will require approximately 4 to 8 hours.
The four weeks in between the initial workshop and the follow up session will provide time for refinement of the work done at the initial day and a half workshop as well as for the development of gap strategies and implementation plans in preparation for the half day follow up session. This work will require approximately 8 hours.

  Who Attends

Ideally suited to anyone ready for a big change in their life or career, anyone asking:

  • “what’s missing?”
  • “what’s next?”
  • “how do I give back?”
  • ‘I’ve always wanted to ___”,
  • any other variations on the theme of wanting to get one’s life in focus.

Participating with your spouse or significant other is highly recommended.  The number of participants will be limited to 30.

  Fees and cancellations

Course tuition for the Second Acts course includes:

  • Lunch and Refreshments
  • Course Materials

$1254.75 ($1195 plus G.S.T. including refreshments, lunch and all course materials).

Team Savings:

  • Save 10% per registrant with a group registration: 3 or more people from the same organisation registering at the same time.
  • Seating is limited so register today! Please fill out the online registration form and select 10% group discount as the payment option.

*Discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or special offer.

A full refund can be issued for written cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date. Cancellations received with less than 21 days notice will be refunded less a $200 administration fee.


Robin Dyke

Robin is a partner and senior consultant with Focused Change International and a recently retired Adjunct Professor at UVic Business. He has held senior executive positions within several industries and his consulting experience includes both the private and public sectors involving start-ups, mergers, turnarounds, creation of high performance organizations and leadership development. Robin is a PacificSport Victoria board member and served as a Venue Chair during the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. He has a MBA from SFU and a BA in industrial psychology and economics from UBC. 

  I’ve consistently received tremendous value from Robin’s insights around personal strategic planning—they have helped me shape my life with significant benefit over the last decade.”

- Dave Byng, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Second Acts Spring 2016 Participant

  This was a great workshop— I could have benefitted from another half day. I loved the questions asked both as preparation ahead and in class. I loved the vision exercise, video, and the tools that I will follow up on going forward. Thank you for putting this together.

Beverley Patwell, Patwell Consulting, Second Acts Spring 2016 Participant

  A great opportunity for self-assessment and thinking about planning life activities for the future.

Brian Shaughnessy, Second Acts Spring 2016 Participant

  The development of a personal vision, and a personal strategic plan to move towards that vision, is a powerful exercise that too few people find time to do."

Malcolm Webster, TAB Vancouver Island, Second Acts Spring 2016 Participant

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Dates and Location:

May 13 (Part one)
9:00 am – 4:30 pm 

May 27 (Part two)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee: $1254.75 ($1195 plus G.S.T. including refreshments, lunch and all course materials).

This course takes place at:

Vancouver Island Technology Park
#2201 - 4464 Markham Street
Victoria, BC V8Z 7X8

‚ÄčTo discuss this course further:

call 250.721.6429 or email:


Contact: University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson, School of Business
   PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
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