Oct. 26, 2011
When Gregg Brown worked in the restaurant business, he was asked to do training: “they plunked me in front of a flipchart and it felt very good.” He’s always been in training, from sitting his sister down in front of a chalkboard when they were kids, to his present role as Director of Training and Learning Solutions at SPM Learning. Tune in to hear key turning points in Gregg’s career, including how reading an article led to a great job.
In Kirk Fox’s earlier career with an airline, an opportunity to lead training opened up and he jumped on, and hasn’t looked back. He stayed in airlines for 14 years…until 9/11. At that point he embarked on career changes in industry but staying within training, moving first to online dating company, LavaLife, then onto banks, and finally into educational publishing, where he’s now Director of Talent Development & Learning at Nelson Education.
Gregg and Kirk are both certified members of Canadian Society for Training & Development, and CareerCycles is pleased to welcome CSTD listeners and members.
Listen carefully to Gregg Brown’s interview and you’ll hear his successful career change strategy: “In my career, it’s been about being open and saying yes. It’s noticing what awakens that excitement or energy in you and you say, ‘I want to do that.’ And when you follow that excitement in your core it leads you down that [career success] path.”
As you listen, compare Gregg Brown’s career change strategy of intentional openness, to commonly held beliefs — perhaps your own — of the need to have very specific career goals. What do you notice?
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 and try helping someone else get what they want.” said Paul Tobey, president of Training Business Pros and recent Career Buzz guest. Tune in this Wednesday to hear powerful moments from Paul Tobey’s interview and guests from past Career Buzz shows, with all three of your hosts, Mark Franklin, Louisa Jewell and Leigh Anne Saxe.
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Career Tip – Open up a Whole New World – from Oct. 11 Career Buzz show:
Dimitri van Kampen, founder and president of Spearhead Brewing Company, and former lawyer, told listeners how beer “opened up a whole new world to me.” At a pub in London, England in 2009, he and his colleagues were lamenting the financial collapse. “Lawyers often wonder what they should have done instead of going into law. I said, ‘I should have opened a brewery. I know enough about beer to have done that.’ And then I went back to my office and started thinking, well, why can’t I do that? And the rest is history.”
CareerCycles tip: Why wait until your career and life falls apart? What demonstrated interest of yours, like Dimitri’s interest in beer, opens up a whole new world for you? New career plans often emerge from demonstrated interests, even when those plans start very small. What’s one thing you’d like to do this week to deepen that demonstrated interest?
When you feel the wind in your face, most people don’t realize the moving air isn’t ‘pushed’ from the direction it’s coming from, rather, it is ‘pulled’ in the direction it’s going. This lack of clarity about how wind works parallels many people’s lack of clarity around making effective career and life choices. You may look where you’ve been and push yourself from behind, by your history, by your resume, into repetitive patterns that may be less than satisfying.
Do you want to be as effective as pushing air from behind? Or, do you want to flow like the wind, with ease and speed and power?
When considering where you’re going in career and life, it’s easier, more effective, and feels better, to think about what you want, what’s important to you now, what your desires are for yourself, for your development, for your future. This positive mindset cultivates a predisposition to noticing clues that lead to rewarding action in the direction of your desires. Like the wind, you can allow yourself to pulled into a more satisfying future.
Watch this 1-minute YouTube video I made on a windy day by the lake.
What’s your story of being pulled or being pushed? Leave a comment on the blog post!
October 12, 2011
Dimitri van Kampen is a self-described beer geek and foodie, a passionate real beer advocate and homebrewer. While working in project finance at a large international law firm in London, England, making senior partners unimaginably wealthy and spending countless hours in pubs, Dimitri became interested in real ale. When he returned to Canada in 2009, he took up homebrewing with his best friend Ari Starr and started to write the business plan for Spearhead Brewing Company. Then he met finance professional Martin Villeneuve and the rest, as they say, is history. Brew up some career magic and dial us in Wednesday at 11.
Philip Maguire is founder and Managing Director of Executive Mentors which retains retired business executives who have the time, energy and wisdom to mentor Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Philip himself is a mentor for the Ryerson University’s StartMeUp program, a Chartered Accountant at accounting practice, Glenidan Consultancy, and earlier was a Vice-President of Finance at one of the country’s largest financial institutions. Tune in to hear what you can gain from mentorship!
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Career Tip – Rebirth your career and life – from Sept. 28 Career Buzz show:
Brent Kopperson “rebirthed” his career by becoming a cemetery landscaper after his successful business and life fell apart. “I needed a place to have some fallow time. To reinvigorate myself I needed to have that space to reconnect with the earth and myself. I just decided I was going to work outside and came to the conclusion a cemetery might a great place to rebirth. I learned how to slow down and organize my thoughts. I came to the conclusion I wanted to work on something that would leave a legacy.” He then founded Windfall Ecology Centre.
CareerCycles tip: Why wait until your career and life falls apart? Reconnect to yourself and the earth with intentional time outdoors. Walk, bike, run, or pick apples. And go with the intention to answer these questions: “What handful of lessons have I learned about making career and life choices? What do I want now in my career and life, based on what I’ve learned?”