People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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Designing My Life: Building My Compass

If you’ve been following along, I’ve decided to design my life following Burnett & Evans book.

After creating my Health/Work/Play/Love Dashboard I moved to the next step; Building My Compass.

The authors ask that you reflect on your workview and your lifeview. In 30 mins I typed up an essay (<250 words) defining my values, perspectives and ‘matters of ultimate concern’ around my workview and lifeview.

This exercise helps to build coherency and connects who I am, what I believe in and what I am doing. These go beyond the day to day wishes of what your ideal work and life would look like.

 

 

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Designing My Life: Health/Work/Play/Love Dashboard

As mentioned in previous posts, I’m designing my life with the help of Burnett & Evans’ book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.

For my first activity I completed my dashboard to gauge where I currently am in my life.

After completing my dashboard I could definitely see some areas I can work on. It’s also important to point out “gravity problems”. These are areas that cannot be changed, i.e. weather, the fact that I have 2 young kids. These are issues that won’t change but that I can be creative with working around.

Using Design Thinking on My Career

In a recent article for Fast Company, a former lawyer applies design thinking to reinvent her career.

  1. First she observed and defined the problem. – Mainly, what does she love doing at work?
  2. Next she moved to the ideation stage.  – She generated as many ideas as possible. For her that meant a list of all the activities that excited her.
  3. Then she used rapid prototying to test her list from the ideation stage. Conducting information interview was the easiest way to rapid prototype.
  4. Getting feedback and iterating was next.
  5. Finally she implemented and acted on her solution which was to apply to a psychology program.

I enjoyed this article and it has inspired me to apply design thinking in my own career and life.

Your Career Strategy: 2017 Career Goals

Happy 2017! It’s a new year and it’s a good time to revisit your career strategy.

2017

In many of our leadership and career development presentations, we talk about self-assessment and career strategy.

Self-assessment:

  • Do a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.
  • Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals.

Career strategy:

  • Keep in mind that people, professional brand, and online presence are three important aspects of your career strategy.

What are your 2017 career goals?

2015 KLA/KASL Conference – Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities


OUR ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN: RESEARCH REPORTS AND RESOURCES

IFLA Trend Report – http://trends.ifla.org/insights-document
Global Librarian – http://globallibrarian.org
Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways – http://sils.unc.edu/sites/default/files/news/Information-Professionals-2050.pdf
Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Asia-Oceania – http://books.google.com/books/about/Library_and_Information_Science_Trends_a.html?id=6W7QMi6xGPQC
Breaking the Barriers of Time and Space: The Dawning of the Great Age of Librarians – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257492/


RESOURCES

Publish & Present:
Chandos publishing – http://store.elsevier.com/Chandos-Publishing-/IMP_207
Information Today – http://books.infotoday.com
Libraries Unlimited – http://www.abc-clio.com/LibrariesUnlimited.aspx

Keep Updated:
ALA Mailing Lists – http://lists.ala.org/sympa
Library Link of the Day – http://www.tk421.net/librarylink
LibraryTrends – https://www.lis.illinois.edu/newsroom/publications/librarytrends
Slashdot – http://slashdot.org
Reddit Libraries – https://www.reddit.com/r/Libraries
LibGuides – http://libguides.com

Career:
LISCareer – http://www.liscareer.com
Library Job Postings – http://www.libraryjobpostings.org
I Need a Library Job – http://inalj.com
Alternative LIS Job Titles – http://www.infonista.com/2013/alternative-lis-job-titles-2
Free Courses – http://librarysciencelist.com/free-online-courses-for-librarians
IFLA New Librarians Webinars – http://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars


BOOKS

Career Strategy Books

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career by Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen
Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus
Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks and Build An Incredible Career by Jocelyn K. Glei
Managing Brand You by Jerry S. Wilson and Ira Blumenthal
One Person, Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success by Marci Alboher


Read more posts about career, leadership, and professional development including LinkedIn and e-portfolios.