Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Dancing at Your Desk: A Metaphysical Guide to Job Happiness

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Dancing at Your Desk: A Metaphysical Guide to Job Happiness

Article excerpt

Dancing at Your Desk: A Metaphysical Guide to Job Happiness by Sue Frederick 2004. Boulder, CO: Frederick Malowany Publishing, 186 pages, $20, Softcover

Intended Audience(s): A, B (F also will find some useful exercises)

Major Headings from the Table of Contents:

Seven Chapters: Wake Up; Dream; Search; Use Your Energy; See It; Take Action; Change It

How Is the Book Most Useful for Its Intended Audience?

An inspirational message about taking charge and making your own career and life choices, combined with practical tips about career choice and job search.

The Top Five Things You Learned from Reading this Book

Frederick's format for writing what she calls an intention statement is a great addition to my toolbox for helping clients take ownership of their career direction

Numerous exercises to use yourself or with clients.

The Seven Secret Steps to Finding Work You Love.

True client experiences to illustrate how these techniques can transform our lives and careers.

Useful language and metaphors to offer to clients who fear change more than they fear boredom and stagnation.

Probably every career practitioner has wondered how it is that our best techniques work well for most clients most of the time-but not for every client, at least not without a lot of extra work on our part. Sue Frederick describes her breakthrough moment as coming when she saw that her career counseling had sometimes transformed people's lives because I had successfully given those clients a vision of their ideal work/life to hold onto-while they went about doing all the right career actions-and I began to see which techniques I had been using successfully with clients to get them to feel their new careers, and use their energy as a positive force for change. …

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