Interview with the Oregon Career Development Association:
The idea behind the name of my business, LifeLong Career Options, is this: Most adults will change careers more than once in their lifetimes. People generally contact me because they want help successfully choosing and transitioning into a new career.
However, my goal is also to offer my clients strategies and options for managing a series of satisfying jobs and/or careers throughout their lifetimes. I help them with their career choice, and I also teach my clients the skills they need to conduct research on other career options, and to mount an effective job search on their own. I want to arm them with the information and self-knowledge that will allow them to independently make their NEXT career choice and transition smoothly and effectively as well.
“I think the real opportunity during a time of transition is to reinvent ourselves,” Redburn says. “When things are stable, things don’t change.” But when they’re in flux, like they have been much of this year, she says, we’re suddenly more willing to think about the unthinkable. It’s not such a big leap to question our chosen career, after all, when we’ve been handed our walking papers – whatever the reason. When a bad economy forces changes on us, it can ultimately work in our favor, she says, articulating a common attitude: I didn’t really want this, but I’m going to make a change. That change could represent the kind of decision we should have made in the first place.
Portland Business Journal:
White (Redburn) delves into a person’s background. “I ask for a family history. I want to see if there are beliefs that might be getting in the way,” she explained. “For instance, I had one person whose experiences taught her that she’d be punished if she got too excited about anything. Obviously that’s not good. I’m looking for influences that are whispering offstage.”
“I had a friend who was offered a job and went back and asked some fairly tough questions,” White said. “The offer was withdrawn, but she thought, ‘Well, these were things that were important to me, and if they weren’t willing to talk about that, I didn’t want to work there.'”
Enneagram strengths work well, and because they do, we overuse them. It’s kind of like the expression, “If you’ve got a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” When those strengths are used in situations where they’re not what’s called for, we get into trouble and create suffering for ourselves and other people. Enneagrams can change lives and people can become better managers, therapists and ministers because they gain empathy for the needs of their employees, clients and parishioners.