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- Working Knowledge Initiative: Security and Temporary Organization
I woke up in the middle of the night with a singular dream image in my thoughts: it was an egg carton. Thinking about it, I started to chuckle. I recalled it exactly. It had been about 40 years ago— and the first time I’d travelled outside the United States. I had been investigating the [...]
- Working Knowledge Initiative: The Midlife “NO!”
The first hurdle facing consideration of independent employment for the midlife professional is internal. Its that assertive inner voice that says, “Hey—I’m 45, 50, 55, 60 years old. If I were a risk-taking entrepreneur, I would have been doing it years ago. I wouldn’t have worked the way I’ve worked, throughout my work life.” The [...]
- Working Knowledge Initiative: Q&A
Q: “Okay, I’ve read the writeup, seen the “movie” and might come on November 3. But what’s the real deal here?” A: The Working Knowledge Initiative will begin its Manhattan, Community-Wide program on November 3 under the sponsorship of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and the Accord Advisory Group. The current recession has caused much anguish and [...]
- Keynes and Business Consultation as a Temporary Work Organization
As a business psychologist, reading Keynes’ “General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money” is a thrilling ride. Its like discovering that James Joyce’s “Ulysses” takes Freud’s “Interpretation of Dreams” on the road to the living, breathing, web of a city and its people, going about their daily business. And its not just Keynes’ brilliant Chapter [...]
- Developing Virtual Muscle
The Working Knowledge Initiative is learning as it progresses: and this is learning that passes along to its participants. It wasn’t long ago, in my clinical practice, that I’d check in and out of my emails at the beginning and end of the day (listening to messages on the telephone answering machine sporadically). Like many [...]
- The Working Knowledge Initiative: Giving Ideas Away
Throughout our lives, most of us have heard the expression, “what goes around comes around”— usually as a bitter comment attempting to suggest consolation. Well, it is true. My colleague Annette Clancy of Inter-Actions, is a firm believer in the merits of giving it away: of floating ideas to others, in deepening the conversation, of [...]
- Working Knowledge Initiative: Precarization, yesterday we didn’t have words for it.
Walking my dog earlier this week, I was reflecting on new words that attempt to capture a strange world that colleagues and clients describe everyday. It hits us directly, but is strangely at arms’ length. We read about it on blog posts, in the papers, on tv; but it is vaguely “out there”— without the [...]
- Case Study: A Working Knowledge Initiative Success
“ Its been quite a process with its share of ups and downs, but the business model is consolidated, our aims are clear, and what you’ve helped me to learn about my own strengths and competencies, I couldn’t have dreamed of eighteen months ago.” — C, on his successful use of the “Working Knowledge Initiative” [...]
- Working Knowledge Initiative. Transforming the sunk cost of job loss.
Peter Goodman reports in today’s New York Times that the underemplyment rate– including the jobless and those working part time though desirous of full-time work– has reached 17% of the workforce. That’s up from even a week ago . Pausing for a moment both to reflect on the despair of economic dislocation and to ask, [...]