February 26, 2014
Online talent management, plus, A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself
Jilaine Parkes, experienced and passionate HR & Organization Development Professional will share her career story including roles at Bombardier, Cineplex and Kraft. She’ll talk about how and why, with Bruce Croxon (Co-Founder of Lavalife and a star of CBC’s Dragon’s Den), she launched a successful online talent management software company featuring the automated Performance Management module known as Sprigg, allowing easier, faster and metric-driven employee reviews. Listen to Jilaine
Plus, Julia Moulden shares with Career Buzz listeners insights from her two books, We Are The New Radicals: A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself and Saving the World, and RIPE: Rich, Rewarding Work After 50. Listen to Julia
Clues from Career Buzz guest on following the clues, pivoting, and embracing change
“It was like the field of personal history was waiting to be developed so I could find it,” said personal historian, Stephen Albert (Career Buzz, Feb. 12, 2014). Stephen collects personal stories from his clients, video records them, and provides clients with edited DVDs of their stories. Stephen’s was a beautiful story of the way careers actually happen: he noticed clues, followed them, and then pivoted from other career areas, to welcome the new opportunity of starting Lifetime Memoirs.
Clue 1: “I did graduate work, and I did a lot of interviewing doing research, which played into the work I do now.” Clue 2: Stephen’s son and business partner, Aaron, was a film editor, “and he’s a whiz at doing this stuff.” Clue 3: He’s always had a love of family lore and stories. Then, pivoting, and embracing the clues, Stephen took the inspired action and founded a new company.
What are the clues that apply to you? Do you have a family member, maybe a grandparent, parent, aunt or uncle, who has a story you’d like to record? Consider what Stephen Albert said, when I asked him about timing for getting a loved one’s story. “There’s no such thing as too early. Only too late.” Try this: Next time you hear a friend, colleague or family member complain about their career, try asking them a question using the word, CLUE. For example, “What clues are you noticing that may lead to a new direction?”
Listen to the whole interview with personal historians Eloise Lewis of Lifetales and Stephen Albert ofLifetime Memoirs. Plus, healthy workplaces consultant Sylvia Plester-Silk of On Purpose Consulting.
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February 12, 2014
Eloise Lewis of Lifetales and Stephen Albert of Lifetime Memoirs share their career tales as personal historians. Plus, healthy workplaces consultant Sylvia Plester-Silk of On Purpose Consulting talks about the career implications of her book, “Unleashing Team Potential: Lessons for Managers from My Canine Friends.”
February 5, 2013
Irene Veenhuysen thought that being a flight attendant was a “stupid job.” Back in university in her native Holland, she joined KLM “but only one summer,” she told Career Buzz listeners (Feb. 5, 2014). That was more than 20 years ago, and now she’s a KLM four-stripe purser, in charge of all cabin staff. What does she like? “When I’m working I’m going somewhere. And when I’m there I have time off to spend as I like in New York or Tokyo or Rome.”
Consider the skills and adaptability Irene needs: “If you’re on the ground and there’s a fire, you run out of the building and call 9-1-1. We can’t do that,” Irene said. “So you have to be able to deal with any kind of problem that arises when you’re 10 km up in the sky.”
“I’m a recruiter’s nightmare,” David Wojcik told Career Buzz listeners (Jan. 29, 2014), referring to his zigzagging career path. “When you look at my resume I’m all over the map: finance, sales, training.” Yet not in spite of, but because of the twists and turns in David’s career story, the dots connected. It happened when he was 39. Continue reading
Clues from Career Buzz guests on the gamification of work: Be “T shaped” and talk about your breadth
Phaedra Boinodiris spends her days identifying “what is it about games that makes them compelling, and what game designs and techniques can be used in business to help people solve complex problems and collaborate better.” Using games, she’s a “motivational designer” for IBM’s clients.