Snippets #53, Saturday, 08.Nov.2003 (ISSN 1530-9622)
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_________________________from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door
___________________________________#53, Saturday, 08.Nov.2003
_____1. Lunar eclipse
_____2. Careers and Identity
__________1. LUNAR ECLIPSe
Just in case you never watch the news, listen to the radio, read a newspaper or visit any news site on the net ... just in case ... I wanted to let you know there is a lunar eclipse tonight.
I probably won't get to see it. I'm in Dallas as we are clouded over and raining today and the forecast for the evening is not promising.
But, I might watch it on the web.
Here are some links that might help you.
Sky and Telescope Article on Tonight's eclipse
Dallas Morning News Article on Tonight's eclipse
__________2. CAReeRS AND IDeNTITY
Several months ago, a coach who knows I'm "in transition", sent me a reference to an interesting article on the Harvard Business School website.
Based on the book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career, the article outlines nine unconventional strategies for career change.
Now, Fast Company, in their November issue, has an excellent article about the book.
In her book, Herminia Ibarra argues that most career changing advice is, to put it simply, wrong. Instead of helping people to change, it helps people to stay where they are.
The traditional approach looks backward into our lives and attempts to find our "one true self", that special thing we are somehow supposed to be or do or become. It is based, first and primarily, on self examination and introspection.
Herminia's approach is different. It is based more on action, not to the exclusion of thoughtful direction, but as an implementation of it. And it is observes the reality that change doesn't happen "in a straight line", as a simple implementation of a well conceived plan, but instead happens in "bursts and starts".
The first article intrigued me enough to order the book and recently completed it. I enthusiastically recommend it. The second article is a good review.
If you can't read the book, at least read the two articles.
Nine Unconventional Strategies For Reinventing Your Career
Fast Company --- Identity Shift
The Book (Amazon.com)