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On Herding Cats and Frenchmen

Herding Cats and FrenchmenPart of my latent career experience is in event management, so the idea of organizing a conference in Paris for fifty or so hoteliers didn’t seem like much of a stretch when I was first approached – shortly after the horrifying Bastille Day tragedy in Nice (July 14, 2016) – by a world-renown American expert on combating international terrorism in tourism, who was interested in speaking to the French hospitality sector.

It was an easy project in Anglo-Saxon terms: get a group of concerned professionals together to explore a timely, “hot” topic – preventing terrorism – in order to come up with some creative, holistic solutions for tourism in France. [Read more…]

Time for Serial Careers

Serial CareersCareer coaching is full of incredible surprises. This is a true story about age, the perception of time, and – inevitably – why career coaching is the bolt of lightning that lights up your darkened path.

One of my earliest career-coaching clients was also my twenty-eight-year-old accountant. He was just starting out, tugging at his rural roots in order to transplant into a more urban area, and very enthusiastic about being coached “just to see what it’s all about” but not really thinking that it would have any personal benefits for him. [Read more…]

Composing a Career: Coaching as Artistic Self-Anthropology

I recently listened to a recorded interview[1] of Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of the famous American and British anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and author of the book “Composing a Life”[2], that struck me as a treatise for the justification for professional or career coaching.

Since the 1990s,  she says,  “Consistant career paths aren’t there for anyone. We now live with constant change.”  Yep, I know all about that; I have been helping people swim upstream in rapid change for nearly two decades now. [Read more…]

What to expect from the coaching experience

Check out this great info-graphic from the International Coach Federation to learn more about coaching.

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Why coaching works

Check out this great info-graphic from the International Coach Federation on why coaching works.

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Learning by doing at Ecole Supérieure d’Hôtellerie (ESH)

learning by doingAs a member of the faculty at Ecole Supérieure d’Hôtellerie (ESH) in Paris and London since 2005, I have taught Strategic Human Resource Management and Managerial Communications in the Master of Hospitality Management program since its inception, and Cross-Cultural Management in the London South Bank University’s Master of Science, inaugurated in 2013.

In 2008, I initiated project-based learning – learning by doing – at the master level by creating the Project Management Program, a two-semester cursus that includes writing an academic research paper and a business plan in teams.
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The development of corporate coaching

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Build a stronger team with corporate coaching

The rapid development and acceptance of the coaching profession, beyond sports and music, is no mystery. It has evolved out of the void left by corporate down-sizing, which has eliminated traditional in-company mentors – senior persons who used to “groom” younger employees over the years for certain functions and responsibilities in the company. Now those traditional mentors are put into retirement at an early age and “grooming” is at best haphazard. This, combined with more rapid personnel turnover than in the past, has prompted management to seek the services of outside contractual professionals known as “coaches”.  Coaching has thus become part of corporate value-added strategy as well as a smart investment in an individual’s personal life and career.

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Super Job Search – The Book in French

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Career Coaching Crossroads highly recommends, as a home-companion for any job search, Amercan consultant Peter Studner’s book “Super Job Search”, now in its fourth edition, or its French version, “Le Guide du CV, Guide complet du CV jusqu’à l’embauche”, available in France at the FNAC.

In the book (click here to get the book), Studner describes a 7-Step Program. The book takes the reader through:

  • Exploration of potential career paths and the job market
  • Self-marketing
  • Effective resume and cover-letter writing
  • Preparation for the interview face-to-face, on the phone, or in groups
  • Identification of the job market and research sources
  • Networking using LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and
  • Salary negotiations

Put your career on the right track

Do you need help in getting your own career trajectory in order? Reach out today to Constance Konold for help. Just call, or fill out the contact form and click Send. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!