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Mid-career Transitions. Preparation, Questions and Advice
Filed under: Interviewing, Mature professionals, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 12:06 pm

We all end up in mid-career and face decisions that will
challenge each of us.  Earlier, we wrote about the importance
of mid-career professionals engaging coaches and mentors.
(after A. Gawande, New Yorker magazine)  Mid career
knowledge workers are urged to grow in their self awareness
and assess others needs
in different circumstances.  To this
end, two recent books shine a revealing illuminating light
and apply a laser focus on things to repair.

Marchall Goldsmith’s What got you here, won’t get you there
illustrates 20 things to avoid in a series of cartoons to bring
things to light without mentioning any names.  These things
are destructive behaviors that demotivate and lose your

Vicky Oliver’s 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview
s goes out on a limb to provide words to go
with the music of our careers, our calling, why we
were put on this earth and dares us to be extraordinary.

 - what is important for you in your job?
 - what are your goals and how do you set them?
 - dealing with questions that may off set us or may
come from a different direction… titles, managing
groups to being a staffer, flatter organizations,
 - visionary vs implementer roles.

This is a worthwhile contribution to a long list and
it remains relevant 8 years after publication.

2 Responses to “Mid-career Transitions. Preparation, Questions and Advice”

  1. site admin Says:

    Dare to say these books seem to address issues
    less relevant to recent graduates and people in the
    trenches. Their audiences include knowledge
    workers and managers in mid to later career.
  2. site admin Says:

    Marshall Goldsmith’s attitudes to avoid list for
    mid-career people to start off in a new position

    20 need to “be me”
    19 passing the buck
    18 punishing the messenger
    17 failing to express gratitude
    16 not listening (closely and ‘between the sentences’
    [ie. nonverbal signals])
    15 refusing to express regret
    14 playing favorites
    13 clinging to the past
    12 making excuses
    11 claiming credit that is not deserved
    10 failing to give proper recognition
    9  withholding information
    8  let me “explain why it won’t work”
    7  speaking when angry
    6  telling the world “how smart we are”
    5  starting a statement with: NO, BUT or HOWEVER
    4  making destructive comments
    3  passing judgment
    2  adding “too much value”
    1  “winning” too much

    From Marshall Goldsmith, “What got you here won’t get you there”

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