Career Calling

January 14, 2015

Imagination and the Job Search

Albert Einstein said:  “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

This quotation made me think about the advice I give as a career coach.  Knowledge is vital.  As job seekers, we need to know our skills and strengths, our industries, and potential employers?  But, to play with the famous words of Donald Rumsfeld:  “How do we know what we don’t know?”  That’s where imagination comes in.  When we’re stuck and don’t know what else to do, that’s a good time to start thinking about new ideas, time to get creative.  Imagination lets us find new ways to approach employers, find job openings, and network more effectively.

Here’s a simple way to engage your imaginative power.  Take a blank page, give yourself 15 minutes of quiet time, and write down all the new ideas that come to your head.  Don’t worry about how the ideas sound or if you are using correct grammar.  No one will see this page but you.  Repeat this exercise whenever you get stuck.  Sometimes you might end up with a blank page.  That’s part of the process, and you should not worry about it.  If you let your mind wander and discover, it will lead you to new paths.  That’s how geniuses like Albert Einstein achieved wonders that no one had imagined before.

April 16, 2011

Be More Creative

Filed under: Job Search Strategies — claycerny @ 11:26 pm
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Writing in Huffington Post, Dr. Art Markman discusses research on how we can think more creatively.  Check out this article.  It might help you solve problems at work or find new ways to energize your job search.

January 27, 2010

Beyond Control

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The man who gave us the “Dip,” Seth Godin blogs in today’s Huffington Post to introduce his new concept:  “Linchpin.”  The old world, the world of kings and factories, depends on control.  Now, we live in a world of ideas.  Seth writes,

“Control might be the goal of a typical politician, but the future belongs to linchpins, individuals with leverage, people willing to make a difference and do work that matters.

The linchpin doesn’t yearn for the days when she used to be able to exert control. She doesn’t run around wildly trying to assemble new tools and new rules to assert control once again. Instead, the linchpin sees that leadership can work without formal control, that flexible networks actually deliver more leverage, not less.”

On an intellectual level, I agree with Seth and cheer a less controlled world.  But when I look at China, Burma, Sudan, and “democratic” Russia, I fear that we will never be free of Big Brother.  On a more local level, most of my clients who work for small small businesses (5-10 employees) have horror stories about fascist bosses who think they own their employees as well as the business.  In the world of ideas, however, linchpins may rule.  Hopefully, their influence will grow.

As you might have guessed, linchpin will be the subject of Seth Godin’s next book, which I look forward to reading.

Click here to check out the post in today’s Huffington Post.

P.S. I just found an interview that one of my favorite writers Steven Pressfield (The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire) conducts with Seth Godin — Click here to enjoy two creative people talking about the process.