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Richard Knowdell

 

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 10:00 am Pacific, 11:00 am Mountain, 12:00 pm Central, 1:00 pm EST, 2:00 pm Atlantic, 6:00 pm Zurich, 7:00 pm Istanbul


Lifelong Working Septagenarian

 

Bio

Richard L. "Dick" Knowdell, MS, NCC, NCCC, CCMF, is the President of Career Research & Testing, Inc., author of Building a Career Development Program: Nine Steps for Effective Implementation (1996) and co-author of From Downsizing to Recovery: Strategic Transition Options for Organizations and Individuals (1994). Dick has taught courses in Career Assessment Techniques at the University of California, San Diego and Employee Career Development Techniques to human resource professionals at San Jose State University. In 1994 President Clinton appointed him to the Board of Examiners of the United States Foreign Service and he served in that role until 2002. He has developed four popular career assessment instruments that have been translated into nine languages. In 1979 he founded the Career Planning & Adult Development Network and has edited their Newsletter and Journal. Dick is a past… Read more

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Exercise:  Define your "motivated skills" and explain how you have demonstrated them throughout your life.

 

  1. What are your basic "motivated skills" (the skills you like to use the most, the skills that you need to use to thrive)?
  2. What has remained the same for you over the years?
  3. Write in one sentence (per year, every few years or every five years) how you demonstrated your motivated skills over the course of your life.
  4. What has changed in the past ten years in how you use your motivated skills?
  5. What are your plans for 2012?
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Introduction

 

As most of you know, the Career Planning & Adult Development Network, that our speaker today,  Richard Knowdell, founded in 1979, provides the continuing education for Careerwell. Dick is also the President of Career Research & Testing, Inc. and author of two books.  In 1994 President Clinton appointed him to the Board of Examiners of the United States Foreign Service and he served in that role until 2002. He taught career assessment techniques at universities and developed four popular career assessment instruments that have been translated into nine languages. In 1979 he founded the Career Planning & Adult Development Network,  and has edited their Newsletter and Journal, for which many of the listeners today have served as guest editors and contributing authors. Welcome Richard Knowdell!

 

Dick, I'm going to ask you the same questions that we posted on your Careerwell page as an exercise for listeners:  First, "What has remained the same in your basic motivations and skills since you were 15 years old?"

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WHAT HAS REMAINED THE SAME?

My basic motivation from age 15 to the present is to "discover an unmet need and design a program/process to meet that need"

And, my basic "motivated skills" have remained constant: Conceptualize; Design; Illustrate; Develop; Build; Produce; Promote; Sell; Coordinate; and Articulate.

A LIFE REVIEW

Age 15    Started a small business selling high school student something they were too young to obtain.

Age 17    Designed and published at newsletter for US Air Force  hospital personnel.

Age 28    Organized and ran a US Air Force medical school study group

Age 29    Developed and taught an orientation course for newly assigned US Air Force Reserve personnel.

Age 35    Convinced my professors in a School Psychology Masters program to allow me to develop my Masters degree on "Career" Counseling.

Age 35    Turn a 2-bedroom house into a 7-bedroom rooming house for veterans attending university on the GI Bill (without spending money).

Age 36    Established a private career counseling practice that lasted for 35 years.

Age 40    Established one of the first successful organizational career development programs.

Age 41    Established a successful Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Age 43    Developed a Career Values assessment tool that is now published in 11 languages.

Age 43    Developed the first successful Motivated Skills assessment tool that has sold over 1,000,000 sets.

Age 44    Started a private consulting practice to teach human resource managers how to design employee career development programs.

Age 45    Started a successful mail order business selling career and job search books and materials to career practitioners.

Age 46    Wrote books and training manuals on organizational career development and career assessment techniques.

Age 49    Developed an annual free-standing international career development conference that drew up to 1,000 attendees.

Age 50    Established an Employee Development Department in  high tech Silicon Valley company.

Age 52    Established an Executive Outplacement firm that served over 50 Silicon Valley companies.

Age 55    Established an Executive Coaching practice in the Silicon Valley

Age 55    Started teaching expert testimony to professional counselors

Age 60    Started teaching Career Coaching techniques to career counselors and human resource managers.

Age 69    Started teaching career counselors how to start their own private coaching businesses.

WHAT HAS CHANGED?

Age 70    Sold the book business.
        Went from 100 hours a week to 40 hours a week.
        No more employees.
        Moved downtown to home office up in the hills.

Age 72    Now sit on a high stool instead of being on my feet all day in workshops
        Always fly first class (or business class) on airplanes.

Age 77    Now considering moving from teaching face-to-face workshops to teaching on-line courses.

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2012?


So you won't think that I am really slowing down, following is my Job & Career Transition Coach certification workshop schedule for 2012:
    •  February workshop pending in North Carolina
    •  March workshops pending in Cairo, Egypt
    •  April 23-24-25     San Jose, CA
    •  May  workshops pending in four cities in China
    •  July 16-17-18    Troy, MI
    •  Sept 10-11-12    Alexandria, VA
    •  October workshop pending in the Boston, MA Area
    •  December 3-4-5    Orlando, FL

 



Contact

 

Dick
Richard Knowdell
Executive Director
Career Development Network
Post Office Box 611930
San Jose, CA 95161-1930
Tel: 408-272-3085
Fax: 408-259-8438
e-Mail: rknowdell@mac.com
Web Site: www.careernetwork.org

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