A while back, after rediscovering a retro and super cool spoken word on an old movie soundtrack, I decided that I would try to record my own spoken word. Unlike the movie with its cinematic rain-soaked visuals, my spoken word features off-the-beaten-track Ottawa scenery and it focuses on why I offer Career Coaching and Human Resources (HR) consulting using Industrial / Organizational (I/O) psychology as a foundation. Although I/O psychology as a discipline has been around since 1892 and has widespread influence that is felt in Fortune 500 companies, the White House, The Wall Street Journal and Fortune, etc. it’s not really part of the mainstream. Since I/O is pretty obscure, I thought that a good explanation of why I rely on it was due.
So, if you have about 2.5 minutes and some headphones or freedom (the video includes my voice and some custom music) then click below to watch the spoken word video.
I also hope you’ll find the time to read my full explanation below.
Why Do I Do What I Do?
I believe that people who are skilled and hardworking should be able to make a living. I know many people who are educated and have relevant work experience but they are struggling financially. This underemployment seems unjust; so whenever I can help these people get ahead, I love finding ways to help them make the most of their skills and interests.
I believe that our economy has changed and that what worked in the past may no longer apply. These structural economic changes and other factors will be playing out for years to come and the solutions that are required are not obvious. It’s also clear to me that the days of finding and keeping one job for the long haul, or rising through the ranks within the same organization for an entire career is unlikely. I have many clients who have been in the same position or with the same organization for a long time. When they need to move on to a new organization they often struggle since they are out of practice. I also have clients who are recent graduates who have done all the right things. These recent graduates have earned their diploma or degree and they have tried to obtain relevant work experience but they often remain underemployed and dissatisfied with their career prospects. Again, I love to help people to make the most of their skills and interests in a way that is financially sustainable.
I believe that high-quality career advice and service should be accessible to those who value it. Although it’s easy to find people with my background working as advisors within Fortune 500 companies, big-name consulting firms, universities, and government organizations, there are a lot of people who don’t work in those environments but would benefit from my HR or coaching services. I enjoy bringing enterprise-level information and service into other contexts.
Finally, I believe that especially after a setback, people need to get sound advice. Sometimes the setback is due to a relocation, other times it could be due to corporate restructuring/layoffs, or due to something more personal like illness or a separation/divorce. Regardless of the nature of the setback, I understand that when the margin for error is razor thin, my long work history, thorough academic background, and my ability to find viable solutions when there is no clear path forward are especially valuable.
Now that I’ve explained the “Why,” in an upcoming post, I’ll explain (1) What I Do, and (2) How I Do It.
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