Thursday, July 2, 2012, 8:00 am Pacific, 8:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Central, 11:00 am EST, 12:00 pm Atlantic, 5:00 pm Zurich, 6:00 pm Istanbul, Dubai 8:00 pm
Letting Go of Harvard to Make Room for Something New
As career counselors and other helping professionals, we pride ourselves in understanding, promoting, and even provoking change in our clients. So what happens when we are the cient? Hear about how Gail learned to practice what she had been preaching for over 25 years - to look at her goals, to align with her values, and to gain work/life balance.
Gail Liebhaber, M.Ed., is a career consultant in the Boston area. Since 1992 she has successfully worked with executives, mid-life professionals, and young adults who face life/work/academic transitions. She guides individuals toward career fulfillment and trains practitioners in transformative practices such as Purposeful Listening. She is available for individual coaching and corporate/non-profit consulting. In addition to her private practice, Gail was the Director of Career Services for the Harvard Graduate School of Design 1997-2002 and the Harvard Divinity School from 2002-2007.
For a look at Gail’s watercolors see her blog:
Activity: Make Room for Something New
- Do something different. Try an activity that you normally would never have had the courage or desire to do. It could be horseback riding, bridge, keeping a journal, or painting. Keep at it for anextended period of time with no judgement on how it might work out, if you will be good at it, or that it will be anything but enjoyable. If you try one thing and it is a bust, keep trying until you find something that gets you out of your comfort zone and into a new dimension of yourself.
- Find a spirit buddy. Choose a friend or family member who has the time to commit to a monthly check in where you take turns telingl each other, without judgement or expectation how your inner life is feeling. End your hour session by choosing an intention for the month that you can report to each other the next session, such as being patient with yourself, having 5 minutes of daily quiet time, or counting to 5 before speaking in an emotionally charged situation.
- Start your day by picking a goal for the day. It could be to remember to look at the sky, or to hug a friend or to eat 3 healthy meals. End your day at bedtime by reviewing the events of the day and finding one thing to feel good about.
- Ask yourself what you are looking forward to in the next couple of months or years. Give yourself the gift of choosing to have a goal that will increase your joy in life. Share your thoughts with someone who can be a witness to your desires and remind you of them when you are feeling a little unfocused or beleaguered.
- Adopt a practice, such as walking, running, meditating, yoga, reading poetry, or anything that allows you to clear your mind and give it rest. It doesn't have to be for a long period of time, just enough to let that overworked organ, the brain, have a much-needed rest.
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin, with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Our guest today, Gail Liebhaber, is a career consultant in the Boston area. Her clients for the pat 20 years have been executives, mid-life professionals, and young adults who face life/work/academic transitions. Among her specialties is Purposeful Listening, which was the subject of her book. In addition to her private practice, Gail was the Director of Career Services for the Harvard Graduate School of Design 1997-2002 and the Harvard Divinity School from 2002-2007. We're going to talk about today how Gail got to where she is today and what she is doing today that is different from what she was doing for the past 20 years. Welcome Gail!
- How did you first become a career counselor?
- Why did you decide to open a private practice?
- Have you always been a creative person? Did you take art classes or go to art school?
- Can you be both a painter and a career counselor at the same time? When did you first call yourself an artist?
- Why did you leave Harvard? Was it a difficult decision?
- How did you start painting ?
- How does painting influence your work with your clients?
- What has painting brought to your life?
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