Archives by Tag 'transitions'

The Power of Purpose

By - Last updated: Friday, October 23, 2009

The Power of Purpose by Richard J. Leider is a book which was developed by the author interviewing older adults (over age 65) and asking them the following question: "If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?". The author says three themes wove their way through all the interviews. The older adults consistently said that if they could live their lives over again, they would: Be more reflective. Be more courageous. Be clear earlier about purpose.   From his interviews, the author concluded that purpose naturally resides deep inside the human soul. He observed that all people seemed to have a natural desire and capacity to contribute to life. "Every one of us, somehow, wants to leave ...

Dreams Have No Expiry Date

By - Last updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dreams Have No Expiry Date by Laurie Gottlieb and Deanna Rosenswig is the perfect book for a woman in her mid to late 40's who is considering a transition, in other words what's next for her in her life and work.   The subtitle of the book is "A Practical and Inspirational Way for Women to Take Charge of Their Futures".   The authors write: "Women have few role models to guide them through the process of transition and may have difficulty envisioning their life beyond forty-five. The paths this generation of women will follow have not been traveled by previous generations." These words resonated with me because this has been the case throughout the careers of women of this generation and it will ...

Freddie. Career Milestones

By - Last updated: Thursday, July 2, 2009

Freddie says one of the big milestones for her at the securities firm she had joined was meeting a man who would become her mentor. And she thinks her experience with him illustrates that when you have an advocate, a sponsor, someone that believes in you, irrespective of who they are or their gender, it makes the world of difference. She says: "This man probably believed in me more than I believed in myself and as a consequence he put a bunch of opportunities in front of me over the years. Ironically every time he'd put an opportunity in front of me, I would say, no, I can't do that, I can't do that." And he would say: "What do ...

Lauren. Early Career Years

By - Last updated: Monday, April 20, 2009

I asked Lauren to tell me about her career and to think about the milestones or roadblocks that stood out in her mind when she looked back and what she learned from them. Lauren worked for five years at a Schedule A bank before she went back to do her MBA and she feels the bank was incredibly good to her. When she returned to school, they paid to move her to the university town where she would study and in her second year, they offered to pay her full salary which she declined. She went back to MBA school because the job that she wanted in the international management development program at the bank required participants to have an MBA ...