Sept. 2, 2011
— Executive Director of Centre for Narrative Coaching
I invite you to tune into a fascinating Career Buzz interview with David Drake, Executive Director of the Center for Narrative Coaching in San Francisco. You’ll hear David talk clearly and passionately about his expertise in narrative approaches to helping people in their careers and lives, about his training and writing, and his own personal story from chaplain to management consultant to starting a PhD mid-career.
David’s doctoral research interest was the role of stories in understanding and shaping identity, development and change. He has taught narrative coaching skills and management/leadership for six universities in the U.S. and Australia, and has written over 30 articles, papers and chapters on narratives, evidence, and coaching.
Debate is good! Debate airs the many points of view that influence choices — about national policies, about your own career and life choices. Imagine members of parliament debating your career choices:
Government MP says: ‘Stay! Improve things, and do more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.’ (This is called ‘Job Crafting’).
Opposition MP says: ‘Go! Try something new, do what you’ve always wanted to do.’
Minority party MP (siding with Opposition and aiming to overthrow the Government) says: ‘Yes, go! The move will improve your career and lifestyle.’
And so on. But, the debate can get out of hand, become boisterous, unproductive, disrespectful. Sometimes you have to sidestep the debate and get out.
Watch this 1-minute YouTube video I made while cycling across the Ottawa River in view of the Parliament buildings.
What’s your debate? What do you get from the debate? What does the debate ‘cost’ you? Leave a comment on the blog post! Join our teleworkshop on Wednesday (12.15-1 pm ET), and share your ideas.
-Mark at CareerCycles
Summer is here in Canada and endless biodiversity beautifies our roadsides and wilderness. It’s paradise. Then there are the annoying mosquitoes and painful deer flies. Just like your in your career and life: you have meaningful and satisfying experiences, and then there are those boring tasks, annoying people or unsatisfying projects. What do you choose to focus on?
Watch this 1-minute YouTube video I made while paddling in paradise (Gatineau, Quebec) and leave a comment on the blog post! What does it say to you? What are you choosing to focus on? What questions do you have about choosing your thoughts?