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People are feeling disrupted, and their jobs are changing. A question we used to ask as teenagers we’re asking again at every stage of life: What should I do when I grow up? Now, we never stop growing — and learning — and the world itself is changing, too.

I’ve coached executives and startups alike, and people often ask me how to make career transitions, how to build a startup team (or repair a corporate one), and how they can learn more about themselves and what they should do.

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Coach


People are feeling disrupted, and their jobs are changing. A question we used to ask as teenagers we’re asking again at every stage of life: What should I do when I grow up? Now, we never stop growing — and learning — and the world itself is changing, too.

I’ve coached executives and startups alike, and people often ask me how to make career transitions, how to build a startup team (or repair a corporate one), and how they can learn more about themselves and what they should do.

Below are a few of my favourite assessments, articles, and books. (Note: Numbers at the end of each reference are product numbers at Harvard Business School Press.) Feel free to contact me if you’d like more help.

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Mapping & Managing Your Strengths:

Gallup. (2019). Clifton Strengths [online test].

123 Test. (2019). DISC [online test].

Rath, T. (2017). StrengthsFinder 2.0 [book summary]. New York: FastDigest.

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Whole-Brained Thinking:

Basadur Applied Creativity. (2019). Basadur Innovation Profile [online test].

Hermann Global. (2019). HBDI [online test].

Herrmann, N. and Herrmann-Nehdi, A. (2015). The Whole Brain Business Book: Unlocking the Power of Whole Brain Thinking in Organizations, Teams, and Individuals (2 ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Leonard, D. & Straus, S. (1997). Putting Your Company’s Whole Brain to Work. Harvard Business Review. 97407-PDF-ENG.

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Critical Thinking:

Watson, G. & Glazer, EM. (2019). Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking [online test].

Paul, R. and Elder, L. Learning the Art of Critical Thinking. (2014). Rotman Management Magazine. ROT221-PDF-ENG.

Sostrin, J. (2017). How to Act Quickly Without Sacrificing Critical Thinking. Harvard Business Digital. H03MQ7-PDF-ENG.

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Positive Psychology & Stress:

(about 70% of “success” is NOT your IQ!)

University of Pennsylvania. (2019). Social Fitness Module [online test].

University of Pennsylvania. (2019). PERMA &/or VIA Survey on Character Strengths [online test].

Gielan, M. (2016). Optimists Are Better at Finding New Jobs. Harvard Business Digital. H02TD8-PDF-ENG.

Seligman, M. (2011). Building Resilience. Harvard Business Review. 10189-PDF-ENG.

Seligman, M. (2012). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. New York: Atria Books (Simon & Schuster).

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Work, Personality, & Psycho-Neuro Patterns:

Myers & Briggs Foundation. (2019). MBTI [online test].

Pymetrics. (2019). Pymetrics [online test].

Chamorro-Premuzic, T. (2017). Could Your Personality Derail Your Career? Harvard Business Review. R1705M-PDF-ENG.

Keirsey, D. (1998). Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence. New York: Prometheus Nemesis Book Co.

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Creativity & Whole-Brained Teams:

Test My Creativity. (2019). Creativity [online test].

Grenny, J. (2019). How to Be Creative on Demand. Harvard Business Digital. H04PVI-PDF-ENG.

Harvard Business Press. (2009). Human Creativity: The Starting Point of Innovation (chapter 11). 3462BC-PDF-ENG.

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Emotional Intelligence & Empathy in the Workplace:

Global Leadership Foundation. (2019). Emotional Intelligence [online test].

Greater Good Science Center, University of California – Berkeley. (2019). Empathy [online test].

Gentry, W., Weber, T., and Sadri, G. (2010). Empathy in the Workplace: A Tool for Effective Leadership. (whitepaper) Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.

Goleman, D. (2005). Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. New York: Bantam Books.

Waytz, A. (2016). The Limits of Empathy. Harvard Business Review. R1601D-PDF-ENG.

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Work & Life Purpose & Personal Branding:

Garcia, H. & Miralles, F. (2017). Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. New York: Penguin Books.

Kahn, S. (2019). Reflective Letter from 2019 Self to 2009 Self [letter].

Rangarajan, D., Gelb., and Vandaveer, A. (2017) Strategic Personal Branding - And How it Pays Off [Business Horizons / Indiana University note]. BH842-PDF-ENG.