Mark Franklin MEd, PEng

Practice Leader and President

I love to help people make well-informed & inspiring choices. After gaining over 10,000 hours of direct counselling experience, what I really want to do now is help society by helping the helpers influence their clients, students or employees more effectively with practical and inspiring storylistening tools. I enjoy using my strengths of creative collaboration, generating ideas, and storylistening.

People often ask me about my career change from engineering to career development. Really I never left engineering! In my work leading CareerCycles and OneLifeTools I “redeployed” my systems thinking and structured problem solving skills to focus on the “wicked problems” of dissatisfaction and disengagement.

I draw on my assets of a Masters in counselling psychology, my engineering background, and insights from thousands of stories from clients, Career Buzz guests, and the many helping professionals I’ve trained. Whether you’re a helping professional seeking new tools or a working professional seeking a better career, I look forward to helping you!

Mark’s Career Statement

Desires iconMy Desires, which are what I’m wanting and what’s important to me include:

  • Helping people – to make well-informed & inspiring choices
  • Creativity – let the sparks fly!
  • Variety – enough to keep it interesting, not too much that I’m spread too thin
  • Intellectual stimulation – live and breathe on planet Ideas
  • Helping society – by helping the helping professionals influence their clients more effectively

Natural Interests iconI’m Naturally Interested in:

  • Insightful radio shows like CBC’s Metro Morning and Spark
  • Insightful podcasts like RadioLab, Hidden Brain, This American Life
  • Astronomy & cosmology – are we alone? what’s the structure of the universe? what happened before everything? where does it end?
  • Cycling – commuting, cycle touring, advocacy
  • Human history & evolution – cognitive revolution, agricultural revolution, and how we came to be the way we are

Strengths iconThe Strengths I want to use are:

  • Creative collaboration – with like-minded colleagues to design engaging products and implement successful go-to-market strategies
  • Teach and train – share ideas so learning is engaging, effective and worthwhile
  • Generate ideas – I love to weave existing ideas into new and novel concepts, products, processes
  • Interviewing – access interesting guests, and elicit their stories and insights
  • Career counselling & storylistening – I love to listen to people’s stories and ideas then generate novel and meaningful possibilities

Assets iconMy credibility and impact come from my Assets of:

  • Master of Education – counselling psychology – and over 10,000 hours of direct counselling and coaching experience
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – industrial engineering – and P.Eng. license
  • Diverse experience: Management consulting. Leading travel programs in Canada, Cuba, Nicaragua. Volunteer board member of Cycle Toronto, Toronto Bay Initiative, 3CD
  • Freestyle travel and cycle-touring adventures in Vietnam, Cuba, Colombia, East Africa, India, Nepal. Working knowledge of Spanish, French and bicycle repair
  • Grateful to have received Stu Conger Leadership Award

Personal Qualities iconMy Personal Qualities and how others describe me include:

  • Idealist – I tend to be enthusiastic, value authenticity and act as a catalyst for change
  • Rational – I’m logical, like abstract ideas and value knowledge
  • Curious – I like to look at new ideas and ask, hey, what’s that all about?
  • Creative – I weave together existing ideas in new ways

Other People iconOther People who influence me include:

  • CareerCycles colleagues Jennifer, Jayne, Angie, Penny, Kerri – enjoy collaborating to help clients
  • OneLifeTools colleagues Evan, Yukari, Rupal – enjoy designing and launching narrative tools
  • Rich – learn so much in our business and creative partnership
  • Karen – so important to have a smart sounding board
  • Al – lucky to have a supportive father who demonstrates off-the-charts optimism and persistence
  • I’m lucky to have supportive friends, family, colleagues who enrich my life:Sara,Karey,Judy,Jonathan,Dean,Kevin,Claudia & smart, capable ILead team
  • Thought leaders/creatives:Wade Davis,S.Lyubermirsky,B.Fredrickson,Seth Godin, Y.Harari‎,Jad Abumrad,Ira Glass,de Botton,D.Whyte,Springsteen

Possibilities iconI’m most curious about exploring the Possibilities of:

  • Even better results with CareerCycles career management social enterprise. Hit a home run with OneLifeTools
  • Teach more courses in career management embedding the OneLifeTools suite
  • Take a course to improve podcasting skills & knowledge
  • PhD in the changing world of work
  • Cycle touring in different places like BC, Bali, West Africa