Moving Through Career Chaos to Creativity – An Update

As most of you know, I have a tendency to be “ahead of the curve” in a lot of my writing and research. I have been researching both Chaos Theory and Happiness for years, and wanted to review some of my past findings with you – because the world is catching up with some of the trends I saw coming a number of years ago, as written about in the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal:

I suggested a journal volume focusing on two rapidly developing con­temporary fields affecting midlife adults – the Science of Chaos/Com­plexity originating from physics, and the Science of Happiness from Positive Psychology.

Integrating the Chaos Theory and Positive Psychology came as an instinctive response to finding a way to help my clients solve their career issues. My purpose in suggesting the study of these two fields to my colleagues was the re­alization that a basic (not necessarily a deep) understanding of the fields of physics and psychology is essential. Both of these are now generating cutting edge concepts which are moving from their original narrow sci­ence subject to countless other applications. Read More→

Green Careers – Client Perspectives

Updated perspectives on Green Energy and Its Impact

Current Careers in Energy – What It Means to Be Green

“The future is uncertain . . . . but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.” According to Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize winner in 1977 and author of Order Out of Chaos, and The End of Certainty. This uncertainty and the necessity for creativity is exactly where we are in our energy world today!

Though I am a long time career consultant and confirmed futurist, providing the last word on green careers pushed me to use my more experienced clients and contacts as resources. My company, Career Design, sponsors Pathfinders for the Future, to provide career information and mentoring sessions on careers and for the past six months we have focused on the energy field. Authorities from varying energy areas have presented programs which were all videoed for others to view later at no charge. As a result, Bruce Thomas, a former marketing professional in radio & TV and an early retiree seeking his next career, initiated a non-profit organization, North Texas Advanced Energy Collaborative (NTAEC), dedicated to the development of North Texas as an economic and innovation zone for advanced and emerging energy technology industry. This is a rapidly growing group focusing on collaborative business development and launching a website in May for posting articles and information statewide, nationally and worldwide.

I have asked two members of this group to write a brief summary of their insight and possible opportunities and challenges for careers in this exploding industry:

  • “What is “Green” is by Tony Robinson, M.S. He has been in the construction industry since 1979. Tony spent more than twenty-five years working on the design and development of energy efficient building products.
  • The 2nd submission, “Profitable Green Solutions” is by Eric Woodroof, Ph.D. He has been in the energy efficiency and environmental field for over 15 years, helping businesses and governments reduce their environmental impact. Dr. Woodroof serves on several advisory boards for professional associations.

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Five Points to Consider at Midlife (From Don’t Stop the Career Clock)

Just as there is no automatic system to successfully guide our career for us, there is no prescription for how we are to live our later life. Society and its institutions and professionals are trailing at least ten years behind in dealing with the process and problems of integrating aging and working.

DSCC-BookThose of us who are embarking on our first or second midlife are asking ourselves some critical questions: What is the purpose of our later years? Does aging have any intrinsic purpose? Is there work to be done after rearing children? What are the rules, rights, and responsibilities of older people? What are the strengths and virtues of old age? What is a good old age? Who can teach us how to grow old well? How can we deal best with time? Can we expect new thresholds to cross as long as we live?

Regardless of our chronological age, the most meaningful thing we can live for is to reach our full potential. We must find and develop the skills we enjoy using and pursue a positive idea of aging. And we must keep on a growth and learning curve. Read More→

Identify Your Success Criteria for Career Satisfaction and Success

Psst – Want the secret of “How to Create Career Satisfaction?”
Know What You Want From Your Career

Seems simple, right? It’s not that simple, but that is where the secret comes in. Career Design (CDA) has successfully helped countless clients transition their career since the ‘70s. They go through an in-depth self-exploration process to identify skills, interests, motivation, talents and much more.

One of the things all CDA clients do is identify their Success Criteria, which is a guide for them to use as they make decisions, especially those that relate to their career life and its effect on their personal life. Read More→

Make a New LIFE Resolution: Find Your Purpose. . .

Find Your Purpose You Can Pursue with Passion As Long As You Live!

It’s a New Year and now is the time for finding meaning in your life and work! This is exactly what CDA client, B.A. Norrgard, set out to do in February 2012. She started her journey of self-exploration with a battery of CDA Career Assessments and participating in the In-depth Skills Identification Workshop Series that countless Career Design clients have found to be one of the most insightful processes to add value to your life and work.

B.A., a woman of action, is making her mark on the tiny house movement in Dallas with a big splash! In December, she was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News and featured on the front page of the Sunday edition. Read the story here.

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Dr. Harkness is Blazing a Trail to Fulfillment

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Dr. Harkness was recently interviewed by Hanah Cho, Staff Writer for the Dallas Morning News and featured in the Senior Living Section. Dr. Harkness shared the story with Hanah of how she started Career Design Associates, Inc. back in 1978.

Now at 85, Dr. Harkness tells Hanah, “I don’t sweat my chronological age. Forget the clock. Focus on your functional age”. She will continue to blaze her trail to fulfillment for the next 20 years.

As Dr. Harkness says “Live Long and Die Fast”!

Read the entire article NOW!

About this Post
Guest post by Lissa Duty, a Dallas based Social Media Coach, who can attest to Dr. Harkness’s passion for helping career clients. Lissa, after being the long time office manager and administrative assistant at Career Design Associates, Inc. found her passion and opened her social media coaching and consulting practice in 2009.

Stop Aging in the Workplace! 4 Ways to Defy the Myths of Aging

Shattering the Mindless Myths & Misinformation of Aging is one of the greatest challenges for the Baby Boomer Generation!

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  1. Develop an innovative model integrating aging and working based on current research and rapidly shifting environmental realities
  2. Realize that today’s model for aging and working can be destructive, deplorable, depressing, and invalid; and that redesigning and implementing a new pattern is essential.
  3. Shatter the stereotypes and recognize the myths, misinformation, and negative effects of ageism in our society, workplace, and ourselves.
  4. Know that age does not automatically spell decline.

Aging Myths: Physical – growing up/running down; Mental – shrinking brain; Psychological – nothing to live for; Creative – wilting inventiveness.

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Congratulations Are In Order! Career Coach, Helen Harkness Inducted into the Hall of Fame!

Dr. Harkness Inducted into West Virginia University Education Hall of Fame

This past week career coach and career counselor, Helen Leslie Harkness, Ph.D. was one of four others recognized by The West Virginia University College of Education and Humans Services.pix of hh with west virginia flag 2013

At the Hall of Fame reception, Dr. Harkness was inducted by Carolyn Atkins, Chair of the Selection Committee. Carolyn said “By recognizing these well-respected individuals, we emphasize the value we place on a strong work ethic, intelligence, creativity, motivation and achievement.
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Five Tips to Change Your Career

The Five Tips to Change Your Career

Do you read the Dallas Morning News “Five” column? In this popular column by staff writer, Hanah Cho, local experts provide five recommendations on a topic useful to small business owners and individuals. Read More→

Jeff Brady – Brand Echonomics

As many of you may know I am an avid reader. I will sit down with my pen, paper and a book and start to read and write. I take notes about every book I read. This helps me to recall them easier, but also serves as a reminder of the things I need to take action on.

brand_echonomics_jeff_bradyI recently read Brand Echonomics: Building a Message that Matters by Jeff Brady. Jeff is a former news anchor for WFAA and is currently host of The Texas Daily. In addition, he owns public relations firm in Dallas, Brady Media Group, that focuses on storytelling for big brands.

My message to all about this book is that you need to read it to understand how to create your Brand ECHO, not only for business owners but as an individual. Storytelling is the major key to success in your personal and professional life. You tell your story to others and they amplify your story to others creating the echo. We all need more story tellers!!

Below are some of my notes from reading Jeff’s Book, Brand Echnomics and I highly recommend you read it to get the rest of the story.

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