Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (2020)

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career Herminia Ibarra Working Identity Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career How Successful Career Changers Turn Fantasy into RealityWhether as a daydream or a spoken desire nearly all of us have entertained the notion of reinventing ourselves Feeling unfulfilled burned out
  • Title: Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
  • Author: Herminia Ibarra
  • ISBN: 9781591394136
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career Herminia Ibarra How Successful Career Changers Turn Fantasy into RealityWhether as a daydream or a spoken desire, nearly all of us have entertained the notion of reinventing ourselves Feeling unfulfilled, burned out, or just plain unhappy with what we re doing, we long to make that leap into the unknown But we also hold on, white knuckled, to the years of time and effort we ve investedHow Successful Career Changers Turn Fantasy into RealityWhether as a daydream or a spoken desire, nearly all of us have entertained the notion of reinventing ourselves Feeling unfulfilled, burned out, or just plain unhappy with what we re doing, we long to make that leap into the unknown But we also hold on, white knuckled, to the years of time and effort we ve invested in our current profession.In this powerful book, Herminia Ibarra presents a new model for career reinvention that flies in the face of everything we ve learned from career experts While common wisdom holds that we must first know what we want to do before we can act, Ibarra argues that this advice is backward Knowing, she says, is the result of doing and experimenting Career transition is not a straight path toward some predetermined identity, but a crooked journey along which we try on a host of possible selves we might become.Based on her in depth research on professionals and managers in transition, Ibarra outlines an active process of career reinvention that leverages three ways of working identity experimenting with new professional activities, interacting in new networks of people, and making sense of what is happening to us in light of emerging possibilities.Through engrossing stories from a literature professor turned stockbroker to an investment banker turned novelist Ibarra reveals a set of guidelines that all successful reinventions share She explores specific ways that hopeful career changers of any background can Explore possible selvesCraft and execute identity experiments Create small wins that keep momentum goingSurvive the rocky period between career identitiesConnect with role models and mentors who can ease the transitionMake time for reflection without missing out on windows of opportunityDecide when to abandon the old path in order to follow the newArrange new events into a coherent story of who we are becoming.A call to the dreamer in each of us, Working Identity explores the process for crafting a fulfilling future Where we end up may surprise us.
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  1. Roxanne

    This book wants to be a self help book In actuality it s of a theory book, with little in the way of practical solutions or strategies Ibarra states in the Preface that this book is not for everyone it s aimed specifically at the mid career professional who questions his or her career path after having made a long term investment of time, energy, and education in that path Great, right Actually, probably half the case studies that Ibarra presents describe people who were to my eye quite high on [...]

  2. Adam

    Rings true, very interesting, slightly academic tone.Author has interviewed a lot of people who made career changes, mostly around the age of 40 It s basically a critique of the classic top down approach, where you start by picking a long term goal, and move from there She argues that the way career changes happen in the real world is through a series of small steps and experiments, and that people mostly learn through experimentation, not through introspection about what was I meant to do Also, [...]

  3. Giovanna D'Esposito

    It could have been summarised in half a page in my view and I didn t find any breakthrough type insight

  4. Michael

    Explore Try Action These are the key words that shake up the paradigm that I ve been taught to thoughtfully, logically and methodologically figure out next career steps The author focuses on how to go about acting and trying your plans first and learning oneself that way She reverses the conventional thinking before doing logic to successfully change careers It s refreshing Similar to the way the education system is flipping how to learn Instead of going to class for a lecture and doing homework [...]

  5. Alyona

    The book is about changing your career from one industry to another One of the key takeaways is that you should act your way into a new way of thinking and being You cannot discover yourself by introspection I really liked this idea because usually it s advised that you sit and think about your future, then create a plan and follow it which often leads to the situation when you are stuck at this thinking process Action is character You need to test your possible selves and it s the only way to u [...]

  6. Kate Arms

    Considering a career change read this firstOne of the best books on career change I have read Ibarra does not set out a neat and tidy, step by step to do list because everybody s path will be different Instead, the reader is through the process of change with a variety of research subjects and given a theoretical model that explains why some of these subjects were satisfied after the change and why others failed to make a fulfilling shift.And then, the book ends with a few principles that will g [...]

  7. Amanda

    Love her approach to flip conventional career exploration on its head Instead of constantly reflecting first, we re advised to start acting Only after periods of experimenting and doing can you look back It makes total sense how can you know what you do don t want if you ve never taken actions to test ideas out.

  8. Mary Karpel-Jergic

    An interesting and useful book for anyone interested in the dilemmas of changing their career I value it for two reasons one, for myself as I undergo yet another personal and professional re invention and two, for my work in helping others who wish to create a meaningful career This book is not about changing jobs it is about creating a career that encapsulates you, your experience, your values and your lifestyle The difference between the change of job and the career creation is the depth of p [...]

  9. Jessie Young

    When I first started this book, I didn t think it was for me because it is about changing careers, but then I read What Color Is Your Parachute and realized that I didn t want a book that gave general career advice like that one This book is superior for the person who is looking for ways to figure out what to do with their life It shows how messy figuring out your career can be and that sitting around and thinking about it is not the way to come to any conclusions I recommend this book for anyo [...]

  10. Liz

    I found this to be a really helpful book as I begin to commit to the career change process There were so many insights that before returning the book to the library, I took a page of notes to keep with me The author argues that most professional development career change frameworks revolve around the idea that we have a single core identity, and if we spend enough time in self reflection, we can get in touch with that identity and then quickly select and implement a new path around it In contras [...]

  11. Francis Norton

    Working Identity uses 39 stories case studies involving professionals who have made a radical mid career switch to advocate an iterative, constructivist approach of feeling your way into a new career by means of new connections, exploratory involvement and experimental projects.Herminia Ibarra contrasts this approach to the conventional approach of introspection and self classification followed by detailed planning and finally execution I am happy to take her word on the conventional model as I [...]

  12. Charlice

    Research based insight into the actual paths that people take in reinventing their careers The book is not long on advice, so I m not sure to what extent people looking for a roadmap to change careers would find it to be useful But I imagine that the descriptions of the career changers in the book, along with the author s analysis of their journeys, would provide some reassurance to people who are in the process of changing careers and finding, likely than not, that it is not a linear process N [...]

  13. Barry Davis

    Subtitled Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career Ibarra was with Harvard Business School and now teaches organizational behavior at Insead in France She interviewed 39 professionals extensively as they were transitioning or had transitioned into new fields some very radical changes, like therapist to Buddhist monk and came up with an outline of active processes that she feels make for success The plan implement model does not work for career change it s too restrictive and limitin [...]

  14. Ingrid Wassenaar

    What I like in this is the way the author, clearly an academic with a rigorous training behind her, has thrown off the self consciousness of academe She doesn t sound as though she is justifying herself to an institution any Instead she seems to have actually listened to her subjects I like the chronicling approach that is taken to the interviews the stories are instructive precisely because of the twists and turns, not because these have been analysed out You can t help but feel that this is a [...]

  15. Marian Deegan

    Over a lovely lunch at Palomino early in 2006, Robyn Waters graciously suggested that I pick up Ibarra s Working Identity I was in the thick of my BiUrban explorations at the time, and this was exactly the career changing compass I needed Ibarra interviewed dozens of professionals in the States and abroad who d made startlingly drastic mid career changes She discovered that the techniques used to effect successful transitions flew in the face of traditional wisdom regarding career change I was f [...]

  16. Nikolina

    There were many impulses in this book that helped me make sense of my own career transformation the idea of experimenting with different personalities, the idea of potentially making a portfolio career, not depending on present professional and social circles to support the change, and simply reading the cases of other peoples transitions It was written in a way that the academic theories were hidden behind the concepts so there was a certain readability I was thankful to Ms Ibarra to state twic [...]

  17. Katherine Clark

    This is, hands down, the best book I ve read on career transition Virtually every other book I ve looked at wants me to examine my earlier life for my passions and hates etc to help me come up with my next career This books says, sure, use that knowledge, but mainly what you need to do is stop planning Rather, you need to experiment, and make new contacts Take leaps Wow is this book incredible She also says, for people that are blanking on what to do next that s me that it will probably take 3 5 [...]

  18. Katie

    A very interesting and worthwhile perspective on making a mid career change The proposition is that we try out possible roles investigate ideas that appeal to us test and learn and find out about our new career by trying on for size This requires that we have a stomach for uncertainty and allow ourselves the time to rule in and rule out possibilities The author outlines her 9 unconventional strategies change what we do to test out alternatives reflect, but only after testing starts allow for a t [...]

  19. Eliza

    An interesting, unusual and helpful read The book advocates change through experimentation to try on our different selves as a way of exploring what suits us best through practice rather than theory A kind of lean start up for career development The case studies did all seem to center around successful transitions and I did wonder what happened to the couple of participants that were peremptorily dismissed as dreamers I would also have liked information on how people arrived at their new career [...]

  20. Matt

    I had recently read Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned The Myth of the Objective, so the advice to experiment first rather than sit down and figure out a specific goal was not new to me But this book is ten years older, a little less theoretical scientific, and offers practical thoughts as it relates to one s personal life and career The idea of multiple, possible selves is interesting and will likely change the way I think about identity I d definitely recommend it to anyone in a transition or co [...]

  21. Rhonda

    A refreshing change from other career change books I ve read Most say out your true calling or your one true self and do that This book discusses the many changes internally a person goes through and how they grow and change and discover their many selves A very good read if you are considering a career change but are feeling stuck The one thing I didn t like all that much is the case studies used were all people around 40 and already in a fairly successful white collar career This makes it seem [...]

  22. Jeremy

    Inspirational book for those looking to make a larger career shift and not just a logical extension from what they were currently doing As others have mentioned, the authors details a process with practical suggestions and a variety of anecdotes drawn from others who were navigating the difficult change Struggling with a career change of my own, I found the book inspiring, yet practical I would highly recommend this book to my peers who are simultaneously convicted about making a significant car [...]

  23. Ang

    One of the best books on career that I have read Most other books take the approach that you should think about everything you like to do and then narrow it down and then put a plan into action Ibarra uses recent research to flip that notion on its head Adults learn by doing There are a myriad of possible selves to consider when we look at career change Crafting careful experiments, associating with a group of like minded people, and trying out possible futures, is a realistic path to take The [...]

  24. Michelle Despres

    I m not rating this book because I had to read it quickly to return it to the library I took some notes, but I d rather come back to it in order to read it for the purpose of reviewing it.I like the mix of guidance and academics It s not some silly self help book I like the appendix in which Ibarra details her methodology She s also clear about her audience, and it may not be you or me.Even with ideas that I found familiar, I appreciated the way they were framed here They encouraged me not to th [...]

  25. Anna Jones

    This is definitely a business book rather than a self help book It focuses on the how of major career transitions, with a bias to professionals and academics the kind if people you meet in the world of MBAs What I love about it is that it identifies that people make career changes by actively exploring multiple possible working identities not sitting back and doing lots of thinking and internal analysis to find your one true path I coach MBA students and have found this an invaluable input into [...]

  26. Cameron Bernard

    Good book about relationships.rrr I mean work The majority of the book is anecdotal You could skip to the end and read the 9 points and get the gist of the book Overall good advice However, the one qualm I had with it was there was not much about the goodness of the freedom that comes with submitting to a situation and seeing good come out of it Much of it had a be true to yourself feeling, which within a certain context is absolutely right.

  27. Katleen

    Het boek inspireert wel Al is het soms wel wat droog Het gaat erom dat je in je carri re vooral veel verschillende dingen moet proberen ipv te lang na te denken en niets te doen Eventuele tussenstappen zijn ook goed Op die manier zal je eindigen met een carri re die het beste bij je persoonlijkheid en competenties ligt.Dingen die je eigenlijk met je gezondverstand al wel weet, maar toch nog wel leuk om eens te lezen.

  28. Filip

    Hugely insightful work for people in their 40 s who are switching careers It consoles, advises, encourages and inspires Its main lessons are that you learn by doing instead of doing lengthy analyses on oneself, and that any career change is the result of an iterative process Maybe less practical than Bolles s What Colour is My Parachute , but much incisive I ll be re reading its highlights many times.

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