In the Workplace, Being a Nonconformist Pays Off Sometimes
Even though humans are wired to conform and be part of a group, being a nonconformist can sometimes increase a person's status and perceived competency. Shirley Wang reports on Lunch Break. Photo: Videoblocks.
Melissa feels feel that she has fallen behind in her career as a result of a medical condition that delayed her entry into the working world. J.T. O'Donnell advises her on the next steps she should take.
Sometimes a midlife crisis can be solved by starting a new career (not buying a sports car or having an affair). But is it too risky? Career consultant Maggie Mistal helps you decide whether a midlife career change is the right choice for you.
In Chapter 3 of 17 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, non-profit executive Kyung B. Yoon spotlights a time early in her career when she left a secure job at the World Bank for an entry-level job in broadcast journalism. She remembers how her Korean immigrant parents tied having a secure profession to happiness and how she had to learn to understand their point of view as it applied to caring for their daughter. Kyung is the executive director of the Korean American Community Foundation.
In Chapter 10 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, HomeAway government relations director Matt Curtis answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" Matt learns early not to give unsolicited advice. When approached for career advice, he tries to get to the root question or issue being asked and answer it in a straightforward manner. He asks for feedback constantly and learns to manage his time by scheduling phone calls instead of in-person meetings.
In Chapter 9 of 21 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, legal search and consulting firm executive James McCormick answers "What Does It Mean to Perform Under Pressure in the Work That You Do?" He notes the high stakes that come with helping his professional clients make job changes. He learns to manage the pressure in his work by being calm and consistent and aware of his emotions. His work also involves competing against other firms to fill jobs, performing comes down to reliability.
As a busy working mom, you may feel like you are coming up short on the work and the home front, that they are real conflicting priorities sometimes. Watch this video to learn how to deal with fear of failure.
In Chapter 7 of 21 in her 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, social entrepreneur Louise Langheier answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" Langheier shares two ways she has learned to give better advice. The first is honing in on the specific question the person seeking advice is really trying to answer. The second is appreciating the learning experience that comes with being asked to give advice.
In Chapter 4 of 20 in his 2012 interview, branding and design strategist Ross Floate answers "What Role Has Family Played in Shaping Your Career Aspirations?" Floate notes how his parents experience being self-employed influenced his own pursuit of autonomy and independence in his career. He values that freedom highly and understands the trade-offs, in particular building wealth, that come with pursuing it. Ross Floate is a principal at Melbourne, Australia-based Floate Design Partners.