February 12th, 2010
“The amount of career support received by employees was positively correlated to their stated intention to remain with their current employer. Employees were found to leave organizations where career discussions with managers were not occurring.” So wrote Career Buzz guests, Professors Lee Butterfield, Bill Borgen and Vivian Lalande of the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-Based Practice in Career Development. We had a fascinating discussion about career conversations at work, and how career conversations help employees develop what the professors called ‘lifetime employability,’ distinct from the now-outdated notion of ‘lifetime employment.’
CareerCycles asks: With the cost of replacing a valued employee at two to five times their base salary (as was stated on Career Buzz), and if the professors are right that engaging employees in effective career conversations most often leads to them staying, doesn’t it make sense that companies who use this strategy would keep their people, retain institutional knowledge, and save a lot of recruiting costs?
Stretch, Strengthen, Breathe & Relax
CareerCycles is a supporter of Julie’s work in helping people find health and balance in their lives.
Julie Palmer is the creator of “Yoga 4 All” where yoga can be for everybody, from the young to the old, the athlete to the disabled, for men, women, children, teens and seniors, and those with challenging illnesses, the impoverished and the pregnant.
Julie believes that yoga is not about how it looks from the outside but how it feels from the inside. If you are breathing deeply, feeling a good stretch and practising with conscious awareness, then you are doing yoga.
February 5th 2010
Bestelling author, award winning anthropologist, filmmaker, photographer, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Wade Davis inspired us on Career Buzz. It’s worth a listen if you missed it. He said, “The greatest creative challenge is the struggle to be the architect of your own life… be patient. Do not compromise. Give your destiny time to find you.” And how do you allow destiny to find you? “If you place yourself in situations where there is no choice but to move forward, no option but success, you create a momentum that in the end propels you to new levels of experience and engagement that would have seemed beyond reach only years before…. Creativity is a consequence of activity, not the cause or motivation of one’s actions.”
CareerCycles asks: What if you simply chose to believe: ‘I have faith in my ability to creatively respond to new challenges.’ With that faith, or even behaving as if you had it, what new and enticing career and life challenge do you want to pursue?
Peter Bowerman is a veteran commercial freelance writer and business coach. He’s the self-published author of the award-winning book The Well-Fed Writer. Thanks to Peter for sharing his successes in freelance writing. And congratulations to book winner, Danni Stor!