I love a good story, don't you? Stories can transport us to another place and time (which feels more than a bit welcome these days), teach us something new in a digestible way, and help us understand different perspectives in a more immersive way. I've found this last purpose especially important for career development, and especially valuable … Continue reading COMING SOON: Storytelling for Your Next Steps
We've reached an interesting point in this grand endeavor that is social distancing, and two things have stood out in particular. One, I saw an uptick in friends and acquaintances posting series of photos of themselves in crowds, with friends, and generally in crowds. Between their montages, and a pair of Netflix Parties where groups … Continue reading Centering Competency and Community In an Unprecedented Recognition Season
I don't know about you, but I've never seen this before. Colleges and universities are accustomed to adapting to any number of strange and seemingly unreal circumstances: major storms, lockdowns in the face of safety concerns, but pandemics - mercifully - seem brand new. As schools start to ensure the continuation of their academic operations … Continue reading Care and Creativity: Programming Considerations in the time of COVID-19
Next month, I'm doing a one-off offering for Defector Academy that I'm really excited to provide...and I hope you'll be excited enough to take part in! When I talk to people who are in the early stages of contemplating leaving student affairs and higher education, many of the same words surface in our conversations: "overwhelming," … Continue reading Defectober is Coming. Will You Join Us for the Ride?
We've reached the end of the third series of The Defectors, and I want to thank each of my ten participants for their consideration and candor as they shared their stories. The community that has come together around this particular stage in work has blown me away, and I'm happy to have gotten to share … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Parting Words for the Road Ahead
I feel like I keep reliving the Anger Phase of the SA Break up a lot due to my job. I'm privy to a lot of salary information in a lot of different fields due to being in staffing. -Mike Conte, Staffing Professional and Proud Defector In this week's edition of Defectors in Conversation, you … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Corey, Ashlie, Mike, and Liz
With the skill-sets and knowledge I had to draw upon, would I really have something cogent and on-point to say to professionals in other fields? As it turns out, the answer is yes, and that fear for the most part dissipated. -Greg Sadler, Entrepreneur and Proud Defector In this week's edition of Defectors in Conversation, … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Anne, Greg, and Nicolle
The long term security of a known paycheck, health insurance and retirement that went away was very scary. I struggled with the pros and cons for about a year before actually making the leap. BUT once the words came out of my mouth…it was like an elephant was lifted off my chest and it was … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Bonnie, Chelsea, and Sharon
Today marks the start of the third series of The Defectors, and you might find it's taken on a different form from its last two iterations. And there's a reason for that. When I first Defected, one of the biggest challenges I never expected to feel was feeling isolated. Between going into business for myself, … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Defectors in Conversation
I know the feeling well. Your head buzzes the whole flight home, perhaps punctuated with quick jots in the margins of conference programs or inside padfolios. The last several days have been educational, entertaining, and energizing. But what do we do with that energy once we get home? This year, I want it to really … Continue reading Presenting: 2018 Post Conference “Coffee Chats”!