Career Reinvention Journal—Why Some Succeed Where Others Fail

A good number of people I encounter, talk about doing something different in their careers. For those individuals who cultivate the courage to pursue career reinvention, there are stark differences in the thinking and behaviors between those who succeed and those who don't. Here are my observations based on several years working with dozens of aspiring career reinventors.

By |2019-08-01T10:56:20-05:00August 1st, 2019|Career, Career Reinvention, Decision-Making|2 Comments

Career Reinvention Journal—Moving Beyond Daydreams to Your “Next”

Finding a new job and finding a new career are two very different activities. For the former, it often pays to be opportunistic. However, for career reinventors, waiting or hoping for someone else to show up with your idea for your next professional move is mostly an exercise in futility. Career reinvention is a full contact, immersive, and deliberate activity.

By |2019-05-17T09:09:31-05:00May 17th, 2019|Career, Career Reinvention|4 Comments

Career Reinvention Journal—When It’s Time To Do Something Else

For some individuals navigating the mid-career blahs involves taking on added job responsibilities or even changing positions within their firms. Others seek out new experiences by shifting firms or possibly taking on like-kind roles in new industries.While there’s work involved in all of those cases, the degree of difficulty is relatively low for job changers compared to the challenges faced by those I reference as career reinventors. For this latter group, the process of determining what to do is the first big challenge.

By |2019-04-12T09:27:04-05:00April 12th, 2019|Career, Career Reinvention|0 Comments

The One Question that Might Free You to Find Your Encore Career

For many of us, the idea of an encore career is an appealing fantasy that never grows closer or more tangible. At least part of the problem for why we remain locked in place stems from our attempt to answer the wrong question. Try a simple reframe of the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" to open the floodgates of ideas essential to help us move from fantasy to reality. We have some great design thinkers to thank for this simple, powerful reframe.

By |2018-10-17T07:37:38-05:00October 17th, 2018|Career, Career Reinvention|0 Comments

Career Reinvention is Never a Straight Line

There's a process to reinventing your career. Unfortunately, for those who like things nice and tidy and linear, the process regularly involves pivoting and back-tracking plus the occasional unanticipated course correction. And while there's no straight line or stage-gate process, the general flow of your career reinvention work eventually passes through these six steps. 

By |2018-09-13T13:23:04-05:00September 13th, 2018|Career, Career Reinvention|0 Comments