The Impromptu Game Plan

The Impromptu Game Plan

A series of enlightening, but also lighthearted chats exploring the career and life stories of people who've made pivots in their lives to create more meaningful careers that align their strengths, experiences, passions, and values. https://theimpromptugameplan.com/

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July 19, 2021 29 min

We've been finding the topic of the #GreatResignation so fascinating and relevant to The Impromptu Game Plan, that we decided to devote an episode to discussing it. We consider whether a better name for this is the Great Reframing and what we think the trend bodes for people looking to make career pivots. Here are some of the articles we reference

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/29/more-people-plan-to-quit-as-return-to-work-plans-g...

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This week we talk with  Alyssa,  a career adjuster. After COVID lockdown caused her to reassess her career and work-life balance, Alyssa became part of the #greatresignation. She found a career as a personal financial advisor, giving her the purpose and work-life balance she was craving. https://caminvestor.com/

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This week, we chat with Niko about courageously making bold career and life choices. After years of working as a tech consultant for large companies, Niko has found that the way to align his strengths and experiences around technology with his passions and values has been to say no to projects and roles and to be prepared to step away from his career. 

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We chat with Philip about creating a more meaningful and fun career with his partner Keith,  cheese making, and learning to dance like Beyoncé.  We laughed so much, our faces were hurting by the end of recording the podcast. 

https://wildescheese.co.uk/

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Nikki Swan talks to The Impromptu Game Plan about how her search for a more meaningful, creative career took some twists and turns before she realized that the perfect alignment of her strengths, experiences, values, and passions lay in helping others reconnect with their passion for work.

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The Impromptu Game Plan talks to our dear friend, and long-time collaborator Bruce Rowling. Catherine & Sarah first met Bruce when we hired Bruce to teach drawing to the participants in the leadership development program we worked on. He'd never taught drawing before but said yes anyway. That agility and adaptability was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and collaboration that included quite a few years of world trave...

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Dave Ford talks to The Impromptu Game Plan about how he accidentally became an environmentalist while trying to find more meaning in his career. He now runs the Oceans Plastic Leadership Network,  which works with environmentalists to create sustainability-focused programs and practices that actively engage global leaders in industry to create change at both speed and scale.

https://opln.org/the-network/

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Ian Duncan talks to The Impromptu Game Plan about his 35-year career as a Brand & Marketing Strategist, redefining all his roles to be more interesting and finding his purpose within the corporate world by helping organizations find their purpose. Ian shares his current reflections on his next steps and to what extent he might choose to follow his passion and interests.  

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After many years in the corporate world (plus a stint as a baker of scones), Eric finally aligned his experiences, strengths,  and passion for technology and innovation with his values and started his own company, Otocast, the mobile audio guide. https://www.otocast.com/

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We chat with Ken Yuille, who has gone from small business owner in Australia to James Spader's hand-double in NYC in order to support his wife Jane's career.  Ken has become a career explorer, open to opportunities, not ready to retire. What will he do next? Whatever it is, it better involve leaving time to bring Jane her nightly G&T!

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After a lifetime of corporate roles that rarely brought her joy and work-life balance, Geesha has found a way to align her strengths, passions, and values to create a sustainable Sri Lankan food services business in Germany. We talk to her about her career journey and, along the way, find out that she's the number one super fan of one of our previous podcast guests!

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We chat with Krishna,  Cardiologist, VP at Abbot Vascular, Ted-ED speaker, author of YA fiction, & now beginning his new side-career as a movie executive producer. Where does he find the time and energy? Krishna is another great example of how you don't have to give up a successful day job in order to align your strengths, passions, and values and find a meaningful career. 

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We talk to Andy Woodfield about how he's managed to align his passions, strengths, and values within the day job.  Andy talks to us about showing up authentically in his life and career (and helping others do the same), becoming a gin distiller, and baking cakes (though not from scratch). 

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In this episode, we talk to Suzanne who has happily turned her back on the corporate 9-5 but has never been busier...or happier. We also coin the phrase Ninja Planter. Tune in to find out more

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The Impromptu Game Plan isn’t about landing your next big job, rather it’s about reflecting on your next career or life pivot. They might end up being the same thing, but they’re often not.?

In this episode, we talk to Adam Kaveney who has navigated many life and career pivots and now, as the co-founder of his own company, has come to a place where his values, passions, and strengths are more aligned than they've ever been.



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We know that millennials crave more purpose from their careers and lives. They don’t want to do what their parents and grandparents did: be content to start on the bottom rung of a safe job for a stable company and work 9-5 in an office each day, patiently waiting for incremental advancement. 

 And so for our first podcast in the series, we’re going to interview Sarah's almost 21-year old daughter Anya who has some idea of the f...

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