Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work

Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work

by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk


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Unplanned careers affect everything and everyone. They can lead to frustration, negativity, and apathy at a time when we need to be focused, energized and motivated. Though your library career might have started "accidentally," you can overcome organizational restructuring, changing job titles, and shifting responsibilities by cultivating a mindful existence in the library workplace. Building on the simple and fun approach that have made her previous books bestsellers, Hakala-Ausperk offers up a DIY-style program for revisiting personal values, understanding your options, identifying skill gaps, and creating plans for growth. Whether you're a library veteran who's feeling burned out, a new LIS grad just starting out, or somewhere in mid-career, this book will

  • introduce methods to help you examine your individual interests, desires, and goals;
  • show you how to understand your workplace's priorities and culture, and offer tips for identifying where there's either a match or a gap;
  • demonstrate how you can improve your current position;
  • prepare you to move forward through the creation of a personalized strategic professional plan that addresses professional development, gaining additional experience, and other options for growth;
  • include tips for effective self-marketing, networking through colleagues and friends, and acing an interview;
  • present ways to stay happy and engaged in a new role or position; and
  • offer guidance for sharing your skills and experience through mentorship, and retiring with grace.

Ideal for both self-paced study and team-based staff development, this six-step plan will help readers renew themselves, their careers, and their organizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780838914991
Publisher: Ala/Library Video
Publication date: 12/26/2016
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Why Did I Write This Book? xiii

Why Are You Reading It? xiv

Introduction xv

How Does This Book Work? xv

5WIH xvii

Who Are You? 1

Introductions 1

Things That Really Matter 4

Your Renewal Plan: Step One-Who? 7

Life So Far 8

The Process 10

That Old Life Ladder 11

Stay Out of Your Way 14

What Do You Want to Do? 19

Define Mission 20

What Is Work? 21

Your True Identity 22

What Did You Do? 22

What Do You Do Now? 24

What Would You Love to Do? 25

The Secret Formula: Values + Mission - Action 28

Your Renewal Plan: Step Two-What? 30

"Night, Montreal" 32

When Is the Time Right? 35

Timing Isn't Everything 35

When Does Success Begin (and Will You Recognize It When You See It)? 36

Meet Anna, Successful Writer 37

The Life Cycle of Purpose 46

Your Renewal Plan: Step Three-When? 48

Where Should You Be? 51

Right Place, Right Time 51

Stay or Go? 52

Culture 53

Money 54

The Boss 54

Talents 56

Vision 57

Passion 58

Security 60

Colleagues 61

Work/Life Balance 62

Attitude 64

Starting Over 64

Before You Go 65

While You're Looking 65

What to Look For 66

Values Are Everywhere 66

Your Renewal Plan: Step Four-Where? 67

Why Bother? 71

Why Not? 71

What's the Worst That Can Happen? 72

OK Then, Why? 77

Your Renewal Plan: Step Five-Why? 84

How Do You Do It? 87

How Do You Eat an Elephant? 87

It Wasn't Raining When Noah Built the Ark 87

Your Renewal Plan: Step Six-How? (Part One of Three) 97

Your Renewal Plan: Step Six-How? (Part Two of Three) 100

This Is Really Happening! 101

Your Renewal Plan: Step Six-How? (Part Three of Three) 103

My Renewal Plan 109

Bibliography 113

Index 123

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