Time Budgeting for Academics

productivity, services
Do you want to be more productive with your time? I sure do. People say that time is money, but I disagree. Time is MORE VALUABLE than money. You can (almost) always go out and make more money, but today never returns. The time you spend today or tomorrow is time you'll never get back. I've created an E-Book with Eight of my best Time Budgeting tips and tricks, and it's free for people who sign up for my newsletter. Fill out the form below to get your copy! (And subscribers to the newsletter also get deals on coaching, special reviews of books of interest to the academic community, and access to my private FB group, if they wish.) [contact-form][contact-field label="Name" type="name" required="true" /][contact-field label="Email" type="email" required="true" /][contact-field label="Website" type="url"…
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Is “Entrepreneurial” Really a Dirty Word?

creative work, job market
The push in higher education for faculty and departments to think more "entrepreneurially" about their course offerings, their programs, and the experiences they provide their students gets a fair amount of pushback in the humanities. I remember a department chair telling me, circa 2008, that, yes, there might be money to be found in partnerships with foreign companies, but that we, as a department in the humanities, needed "to be careful with whom we climb in bed." His objection to pursuing corporate sponsorship for departmental events or prizes came from that place of collective cynicism in the academy that ascribes morally pure motives to researchers in the ivory tower and capitalistic, exploitative motives to (all) other players in the capitalist economy. I disagree with his commonly held assumption that academia…
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Course Catalogue 2017-2018

education, services
I am excited to share with you my course catalogue of energized courses and workshops for the upcoming academic year! Call or email me to talk about coming to your campus. I bring nearly two decade’s worth of experience in higher education and extensive experience in one-on-one academic life and career coaching to my role as facilitator. By blending my knowledge of academia with established business and entrepreneurial coaching methodology and tools for personal growth, my courses provide an excellent starting point for the development of innovative, committed, energized academics! [pdf-embedder url="http://energizedacademic.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Course-Catalog-Energized-Academic-17-18-v2.pdf" title="Course Catalog Energized Academic 17-18 v2"]
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Big Picture Question 2: What Do Others See?

big picture question
If I asked my colleagues, what would they say is my greatest strength? Today’s big picture question invites us to look at ourselves through someone else’s eyes. My guess is that you—all of us—have a pretty clear idea of what our weaknesses are, where we fall short of our goals, or what we haven’t crossed off our to-do lists. Being in touch with your weaknesses and focusing on them, even with the stated aim of working to overcome them, can have the perverse effect of magnifying those weaknesses, both for ourselves and others. So this week’s prompt and challenge is to step into a colleague’s shoes and examine who you are from the outside. Of course, this is an imperfect exercise, but I guarantee that, with a little thought, you…
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BOOK REVIEW: So What Are You Going to Do with That?

coaching, education
Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius published the first edition of So What Are You Going to Do with That? Finding Careers Outside Academia in 2001. I think I bought a copy then; I was in the middle of my dissertation and it seemed like a prudent thing to do. If I read it, I don’t recall that now. (I was also in the middle of having children; if I don’t remember much of 2001-2004, it’s their fault). The third edition, published in 2015, contains updated stories and includes more on the post-academic career trajectories of scientists than the earlier editions of the text did; these add to its already considerable strengths as a guide for people who are thinking of leaving academia and forging a career path for themselves that…
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The Silliness of Early Career Planning

coaching, education
I was invited last week to present on my current job and my career trajectory to my eldest daughter’s 10th-grade Civics and Careers class. Her class is divided into working groups and each of these is required to formally invite someone into the class to present on their career and the path they took to get there. At first I thought my daughter might be cheating a bit by asking her mom to do this, but I was won over when she told me: “But mom, I think your career trajectory is interesting. You used to be a professor and now you’re not; plus you’re a CAREER COACH, what isn’t perfect about that?” Awwww, flattery will get me every time. My daughter told me she thought my story was interesting…
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Making Your CV Work for You

documents
Some academics look at their CV once a year, at annual report time, and add their recent activities and accomplishments to the document, creating new lines on their document and give it no further thought. Others, especially those on the job market, regularly fine-tune and alter their CV so that it fits each new job application. Whichever scenario best represents you, it might be time to take a look at it and see if your CV is the most effective document it can be for its intended purpose. And for the purposes of this advice, I’m only going to talk about the chronological or functional CV with which most of us are familiar. The Canadian Common CV, required for Tri-Council grants and many university reports, is a template and non-customizable,…
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Volunteering & Career Development

post-academic, volunteering
Are you are searching for a way to add interest and diversity to your week? Or perhaps considering a new career? Volunteering can offer you insights into a new way of working or a new line of work. Volunteering expands your skill set One of my volunteer gigs for a professional association required that I attain basic functionality with the web development platform Drupal. I’m no expert but being able to perform basic functions in Drupal means that I can update websites and speak a certain kind of language to developers. Basic familiarity with a development platform or programming language also indicates that you can probably advance your skills through some basic self study--an attractive attribute in both volunteers and new employees. Working for an organization outside of your institution…
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