Oct. 26, 2011

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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.

CareerCycles tip:
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?

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