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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Telling our stories shapes our identity

Aug
25

Sept. 2, 2011

http://www.careercycles.com/NEW/MP3/CB-2011-08-26.mp3

— 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.

Join in the conversation, ask questions, make comments, Twitter @careercycles or CareerBuzz page on Facebook.

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.

How is making career and life choices like a parliamentary debate?

Aug
15

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

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.

Trey Anthony of Da Kink In My Hair. Plus, Iron Age Blacksmith; Pig Farmer to ReCycler

Aug
04

 

http://www.careercycles.com/NEW/MP3/CB-2011-08-05.mp3

Art is a business. Award-winning playwright, executive producer, actor, creator, and stand-up comedian trey anthony, is known for the ground-breaking television and theatrical  production ‘da Kink in my Hair. Critics have referred to anthony as ‘The Oprah of the Canadian theatre scene.’ What’s her personal call to action? Check it out on her inspiring TEDX Toronto video, and tune in to Career Buzz for more.

Welcome back to the iron age. When Robb Martin was growing up he was dissatisfied with the look of things. As a teenager he was into heavy metal and art, and then he went to weekend metalworking workshop and realized he wanted to be a blacksmith. Twenty years later Robb still loves his work at Thak Ironworks. The secret to his success? Like what you do, and be persistent.

Pig farmer to funky furniture artist. Gilbert VandenHeuvel chose to work on the family pig farm, and in 2001 he liked pork so much he bought the company from his father. During the years working on the farm Gilbert’s metal working skills grew and grew. And he became an avid cyclist. These days, the pig farm is closed down and Gilbert is having fun with his next chapter in life:  Creating new ways to use old bike parts to make functional and funky furniture as The ReCycler.

Insight from July 8, Career Buzz: Franchise consultant, Gary Prenevost, of FranNet  advised listeners about buying a business. “If the head is overriding the heart, or the heart is overriding the head, do some more research,” Gary said. To avoid making a quick but poor decision Gary noted that “the Canadian Franchise Association’s tagline is ‘investigate before investing,’ and that also means investigate your own skills, passions and alignment. [A person may] buy a good business, but it’s a good business for someone else!” Hear the whole inspiring interview also featuring Parker MacDonald and Michael Cavanaugh.

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.

Water lilies in paradise! Or, mosquitoes and deer flies. What you focus on creates your reality

Aug
03

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?
-mf

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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