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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Almost Everything I Learned…I’m Using Now

Apr
23

April 23, 2010



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When Jonah Brotman was younger he thought he’d go into sports journalism, and used to think “profit was an evil thing.” Then he discovered the connection between business and social mission, and founded, Operation Groundswell, which Jonah says does “Africa for beginners.” Now he and Nogah Kornberg of Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada and thousands of others are remaking the world of business — as social enterprises — in their own image.

The more Dhani Oks of Academy of Lions/Crossfitgyms invests in his community, helps shelter residents, gives at-risk youth a chance to work, the more his social enterpise succeeds. Keys to his business success and his satisfying career change? “The lost art of building relationships.” And, “Almost everything I learned in a shitty job, I’m using now.” And, “I wrote down this idea. If you write it, it will happen.”

CareerCycles asks: Almost everyone can look back at a job or career or transition situation — whether it was satisfying or not — and identify strengths or skills they gained from it. We’ve heard it hundreds of times on Career Buzz.
Try this: Position yourself a few years forward, looking back to now, and someone asks you, ‘So what did you gain for that time in your life?’ What will you say? I learned how to write winning proposals? To build beneficial relationships? To win others over? Dust off your resume or bio, and edit it right now, and write three skills or strengths you’re gaining these days.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

Not For Sale by Cathy Keates

Apr
19

This is a book by Cathy Keates about how selling yourself on the job market is not the way to go.

Has anyone ever told you that you have to sell yourself to get a good job?

Cathy was also a guest on Career Buzz. CareerCycles recommends this book for it’s integrity and wisdom at approaching the search for work.

To purchase a copy, click the link below.

Not For Sale

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

Signs and Clues to Career Clarity

Apr
09

April 9th 2010


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“We have this hunger or void, and at one point you say enough is enough. And when all the signs are there, you cannot NOT do it. And then once [you take] action, more signs pop up,” said filmmaker, Ian Agard, who shared his story of having faith in the emergence of clues, and following those clues to move from career confusion to vocational clarity. His first big clue? Watching Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon — and he decided he wanted to make movies as a living. Bend and Break is Ian’s first feature length movie.
CareerCycles asks: Think back to your last big career move — and the clues that led to the change. In a few years from now you’ll look back and say, ‘oh ya, back in 2010 there was this big clue.’ Now, look around, because tomorrow’s career happens because of today’s clue. What clues are you seeing? What clues do you intend to see? (Yes, you can set intentions to see clues you want — I saw some in themes from Seth Godin’s keynote last weekend.)

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

Unchosen Choices | Be Faithful Be Fabulous

Apr
09

March 26th


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Why did Craig Baxter join the family business after university? It just happened, “as the day follows the night,” he said. Craig acknowledged, “I didn’t manage what I do,” but that has opened him up to happenstance: “My career has been serendipitous.” That’s how, after leaving the family biz, and with a lifelong love of music, he became road manager for rock band Max Webster after befriending lead singer, Kim Mitchell. Then over twenty years later, while commenting Mitchell’s site, or as he was called, “the mayor of kimmitchell.ca,” he reconnected with the man himself, which led to his role as the lyricist for Mitchell’s 2007 album, Ain’t Life Amazing.

“The better you know yourself, the better choices you can make,” said style coach, Safina Khimani. She’d always been in love with fashion since the age of five but when she went to work in the fashion industry after college, she found it different than she’d expected. So she took her love of style and started her own company, Be Faithful Be Fabulous, so she can work with integrity. Now she works with “honesty and authenticity” as she builds her business, while supporting herself with a day job in marketing at Airmiles.

CareerCycles asks: What are you doing in your career and life, that just happened by default, like Craig Baxter joining the family business? How do you feel about that unchosen choice? What inspiration can you draw Craig and Safina, both of whom took risks to move their careers away from the expected, and eventually welcomed opportunities in more satisfying directions?

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.