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Season’s Change – Time to Reflect and Plan

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

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Today is the first day of Fall.   It is a new beginning, a changing of the season, and a perfect time to cozy up in the cool evening air and look ahead.  Have you ever turned around and realized that another season (or worse, YEAR) has passed and you haven’t really made the progress you thought you would? Changing of seasons is one of nature’s reminders to reflect on progress during the previous season and make plans for the next.

Following are some reflection questions I’m considering today as I embrace this opportunity to reflect on summer and plan for fall:

  1. What did I accomplish last season?
    • How do these successes contribute to my long-term goals / plans?
  2. What did I want to do, but didn’t?
  3. What behavior might I need to examine and choose a different behavior for the fall?
    • What one or two things can I do in the next week to begin this new behavior?
  4. What did the summer reveal or validate about how I am wired?
    • How does this knowledge inform my plans for work and life?
    • What one or two things can I do in the next week to apply this knowledge?
  5. Pause to visualize long term goals / plan – envision what it looks like to accomplish each one.
  6. What do I need to add to or change about my long-term goals? (Make sure they are written down.) 
  7. What 1, 2, or 3 things can I do in the fall to make progress towards the vision / each goal?
    • Reality check – Is it realistic that I can do these things?  If not, how can I change them to be realistic or what can I change to remove barriers?
  8. Review everything – What two or three things am I going to do in the next week to kick start this season?

Colors change, revealing true inner beauty.

Evening air chills, a forthright reminder.

Nature prepares, with purpose and urgency.

Time charges forward …

… are you ready?

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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)