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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Basic training to MBA. Plan C in I.T. Stop figuring out how and starting helping someone else.

May
27

May 27, 2011


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Where might a future business leader build leadership skills to be able to confront stress and ambiguity with decisiveness, clarity of purpose, and calm and rational thought? MBA candidate Benjamin Gould did all that, travelled the world, made mission critical decisions, plus received full support for his undergrad degree, as an officer in the Canadian Forces. Tune in to hear Benjamin’s journey from basic training to business school.

“Do what you’re good at!” was the career clarifying advice that Matthew Held, CEO of Manawa Networks, acted on, when he dropped career Plan A as a digital artist, and Plan B, as a computer engineer, and instead built a career, and a company, in IT consulting. Dial us in and hear how Matt synthesized influences as diverse as meeting Bill Clinton and Jean Chretien at the G8 Youth Summit, to working alongside his father, to develop a unique approach to IT consulting by supporting talented IT specialists.

Insight from May 13 Career Buzz:

Want to start getting more of what you want and less of what you don’t want in your career? “Stop trying to figure out how,” said Paul Tobey, president of TrainingBusinessPros.com, “and try helping someone else get what they want.” Hear the whole inspiring interview.

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.

Jazz musician becomes business trainer. MBA connects to electric vehicles.

May
13

May 13th, 2011

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Paul Tobey was having midlife crisis so he undertook a pilgrimmage of 850 km, made a documentary, and changed careers from Juno nominated jazz musician to trainer and internet entrepreneur, leading Training Business Pros.com. Last year he travelled 150,000 km around the world leading business training sessions, when just a few years earlier he acknowledges, “I knew nothing about business.” Tune in Friday when pianist, composer, filmmaker, pilgrim, motivational speaker and internet entrepreneur Paul Tobey shares his inspiring story and a few tips on social media smarts.

Carrie Anderson is actively changing careers via an MBA, from executive recruitment and sustainable building, to clean technologies and corporate social responsibility. After doing an undergrad degree in Media, Information and Technoculture, she was Communications Manager for an engineering firm that conducted building energy retrofits. Presently, she’s working with Better Place, an innovative company that makes “an electric car affordable to buy, easy to use, and amazing to own,” and doing her MBA at The Rotman School of Management.

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.

The Second City interview: “I get to laugh every day” and three more ways to thrive in your career

May
05

Klaus Schuller is Executive Director of The Second City Toronto. I interviewed him on Career Buzz on Good Friday. He shared a wealth of career insights, and the 20-minute interview is worth a listen. Here are four of Klaus’s ideas for thriving in your career, accompanied by questions to trigger your own thriving. Leave a comment with your responses!

“I get to laugh every day.” That’s what Klaus said when I asked him what he liked about his career. How many of your clients can say that? Can you?

“Passion for excellence is my strength.” We know what career happiness happens when you get to use your strengths, daily. So when I asked Klaus what strengths he uses on a daily basis, he said, “my passion for excellence.” Surprising answer! Often people name their practical skills like project management or people skills. I thought this was apt and a unique way to describe one’s strength. If a client asked you if this were okay for a job interview response, what would you say?

“I promised myself I’d never do anything that sucked.” Klaus shared with his career story with listeners and identified that promise to himself as a guiding principle. My reaction was that it’s tilted toward the negative, but, hey, it’s been working for Klaus all his life. It’s like a thought test he can use every so often. I imagine him saying to himself, “Does this suck?” If no, continue. If yes, change. What thought test do you have for your career?

“What else are you passionate about?” Klaus hires a lot of people in his leadership position, therefore, he conducts a lot of interviews too. Instead of the usual questions, Klaus targets passion. He’d rather hear people talk about their passion about say, bicycle advocacy, because he knows passion is transferable. If your next prospective employer asks that interview question, what’ll you say?

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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.

 

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