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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October 18, 2021 37 min

In the process of living her own impromptu career game plan from attorney to law firm manager to founder of a start-up accelerator fund, Kelly realized that her superpower was actually networking and understanding how to use her network to maximum effect. And so she wrote a book on the subject and is now a keynote speaker. 

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Kevin has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential in the Experience Industry and an HR Executive Rising Star. While he didn't get here by career pivots, it did involve a journey of self-discovery and reflection to recognize what his core values are and to understand how to craft a career that aligns with them. 


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Sam comes from a long line of accountants, including his sheep counting great-grandfather in Italy. So a career as an accountant seemed to make sense initially. But through multiple pivots and re-inventions of himself, Sam has found his twin passions in his private equity and venture capital firm, Tip of the Spear, but also in the Javelin Institute which provides Executive Education targeting Leaders who experience family hardship 

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While questioning her own career choice in IT, Bruna had the epiphany that she'd been trying to make a career change based on thinking about only her past job experiences or by focusing solely on what she was passionate about.  Once she realized that she had to bring her strengths, experiences, passions, and values into alignment with who she is as a person, she realized that her perfect career pivot was towards helping other p...

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After a long and successful career in packaging design, Charlotte found herself burned out and suddenly dealing with breast cancer. She knew she needed to find more work-life balance and has spent the last few years trying to build a portfolio career that allows her to be creative without any of the overhead of a corporate job. 

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Kicking off season two, we talk to David who had a long and successful media and marketing career. He now runs a non-profit, the Refugee Employment Partnership, and finds it to be the most meaningful work he's ever done. 

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After a career full of twists and turns, Theo has found a truly meaningful career as a Family Service Counselor at the famous funeral home and cemetery, Hollywood Forever.  The cemetery is the final resting place of hundreds of Hollywood legends, including Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney, Tyrone Power, Douglas Fairbanks,  and hundreds of others.

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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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