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Book Review: Knowledge Nomads and the Nervously Employed by Rich Feller

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Knowledge Nomads and the Nervously Employed: Workplace Change & Courageous Career Choices

by Rich Feller

I had the pleasure to be in a class taught by Rich Feller, a distinguished professor of counseling and career development at Colorado State University.  He’s one of those profs of which people will say, “Oh, did you get to have Feller?” because he is so great at teaching, is passionate, shares so much of himself, has a huge impact on the lives of his students, and is no longer teaching.

I was in a class during his last semester of teaching (lucky me) about career concepts in organizations as part of my masters program focusing on organizational performance and change.  This was one of the books he assigned for our reading.  He wrote it in something like 17 days (granted, it is a relatively small book, but still!) in prep for a presentation he was giving.

This book is a fast and enjoyable read. So enjoyable and “right on” in fact, that I bought an extra copy to have on hand to share with others (“no, you can’t borrow mine, but I do have an extra”).   It provides insight into the changing nature of the employee due to globalization and technology impacts with insights into how schools will need to adapt to better prepare people to survive and thrive in this new global knowledge-focused and technology-driven environment. I recommend this to people who have responsibility for talent pipelines and for individuals who are thoughtful about future employability and viability.

…education must revamp its subject matter and teaching methods so that rigor and relevance are not competing goals. (p 32)

Further, this work offers organizational change agents 12 questions to tangibly measure the organization and it’s employees’ mutual effectiveness. (p 85)

The true democracy, living and growing and inspiriting…will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.” – JFK (p 131)

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